3 - 0
3 - 0
Willie Barron (28)
Willie Barron (82)
Tony Low (90)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Martin MacDonald for John Mackay (61)
Wayne Mackintosh for Iain Brooks (88)
Marc MacDonald for Duncan Jones (89)
Ryan Pressley for Neil Cruickshank (32)
Nicky Gordon for Keith Robertson (73)
John Brown for Ryan Pressley (88)
Brian Macleod (65)
Scott Fraser (77)
Nicky Gordon (79)
Brian Macleod (79)
A sensational second goal by Willie Barron eased nerves around Station Park as County battled their way to another three points with a League victory over Cove Rangers.
Barron's strike came eight minutes from time, not long after Brian Macleod had been dismissed for a second bookable offence. The County winger broke the deadlock in the first half and it was left for Tony Low to add gloss to the win with the last kick of the game.
There was only one change to the starting XI of three weeks ago as John Mackay came in at left back to replace the suspended John MacAskill. With the current team captain in the stands, Willie Barron was elected to take over and he more than repaid the faith shown in him by gaffer Les Fridge.
Nairn made somewhat of a slow start to the proceedings as Cove came flying out of the traps. The home side went close in the opening minute as Clark Bain saw his low shot from 25-yards well smothered by County shotstopper Jim Calder.
Two minutes later, Calder had to be alert again as he flew through the air to tip a Keith Robertson drive round the post after the Cove forward had found space at the edge of the box.
Nairn's first sight of goal arrived in the 22nd minute when David MacRae hit a first time shot from 18-yards that was easily held by visiting goalkeeper Ivor Pirie.
The home side again went close three minutes later as Tony Low burst down the left wing but Pirie got to the former Inverness CT man's cross just before the incoming MacRae.
The deadlock was broken in the 28th minute as Nairn edged in front thanks to captain Barron. A deep Duncan Jones corner from the left was headed back across goal by John Mackay for the County forward to nod past Pirie from close range.
Low almost doubled the hosts' advantage five minutes short of the break as he received an Iain Brooks knock down but could only send his shot crashing into the side netting.
Low looked in thre mood immediately after the restart as he left Cove right back Ryan Pressley for dead before haring towards goal and sending a low shot from 20-yards whistling past the left hand post.
Cove then launched an onslaught on the Nairn goal as County were camped in their own half for the middle period of the half. They went clsoe to drawing level after 53 minutes when Robertson managed to turn in the box but could only send his shot from eight yards inches past the post.
Ten minutes later, Robertson went close again as he received a cutback from Kevin Tindal on the right but saw his low shot go across goal and past the post.
Tindal tried his luck himself in the 72nd minute when he unleashed a powerful drive from 22-yards that stung the palms of Calder.
On a rare Nairn breakaway, substitute Martin MacDonald went close to effectively killing the game when he fired in a drive from the right edge of the box that was well held by Pirie.
The match then appeared to swing even more in favour of the visitors in the 79th when County were reduced to ten men. Brian Macleod was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon following an off-the-ball altercation with Cove's Nicky Gordon. The Aberdeen side's striker was booked for his part in the incident.
But amazingly, this gave County the lift they needed to go on and seal the three points. The home side grabbed their second goal of the game after 82 minutes thanks to a Willie Barron wonder strike. The scorer of County's opening goal had been shifted to right back following Macleod's send off an he disposessed Cove's Kevin Steele some 30-yards inside the Nairn half. He then proceeded to drive forward and evaded the challenges of four Cove palyers.
After waltzing past another three at the edge of the box, he remained composed when clean through on goal to slot the ball past Pirie for his fourth goal in the last two games.
The visitors almost halved the deficit immediately as Jim Calder was forced to tip a Gordon shot from point blank range over the bar.
The scoring wasn't over yet though as County added a third in injury time. With Cove pushing men forward in a bid to haul themselves back into the reckoning, David MacRae played a great defence splitting pass into the stride of Tony Low and the County winger raced in on goal before blasting the ball past Pirie for his second goal of the season.
A very welcome three points for County after being in cold storage for the past three weeks due to postponements. The only sore points for Les Fridge will be the sending fof of Brian Macleod meaning that both of his full backs that played the last couple of games will be missing because of suspension last week. The gaffer will also be hoping that knocks picked up by John Mackay and Duncan Jones don't keep them out of action for any sustained period of time.
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||13||-||42||-|
|Martin MacDonald (sub)||23||18||5||18||5|
|Wayne Mackintosh (sub)||18||5||-||12||-|
|Marc MacDonald (sub)||18||1||-||6||-|
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