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|Craig Morrison (58)||None.|
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Andrew Allan for Brian Macleod (71)
Martin MacDonald for Steve Sanderson (71)
The undefeated start to 2006 made by Nairn County was ended at Lossiemouth's Grant Park as the visitors succumbed to only their third defeat in as many months - all which have come on the road.
Boss Les Fridge made one change to his starting line-up as Steven Sanderson, who had come off the bench to great effect in recent weeks, was given the nod up front ahead of Johnny Seaton.
In a game where County failed to get going, the winning goal arrived just after the hour mark through the Coasters' top scorer Craig Morrison.
County went close to breaking the deadlock after six minutes though when Sanderson tried his luck with a first time shot from the edge of the box. His effort had home keeper Stevie Dunn scrambling across his line but whistled just past the post.
The home side then went close two minutes later when Martin McMullen tried his luck with a snap shot from 25-yards but Jim Calder was equal to the effort as he held onto the shot.
Lossiemouth again went close in the 11th minute when Morrison was sent through on goal but Calder raced from his line to deny to pacy striker as the Nairn goalkeeper blocked the shot with his legs.
McMullen went close again for the Coasters seven minutes later as he curled a free-kick from 25-yards just past Calder's right hand post.
Nairn's first effort on target arrived in the 36th minute as Tony Low broke free down the left and whipped in a cross from the by-line that was met by a front post header from David MacRae but Dunn was equal to the former Inverness CT midfielder's effort.
Calder then had to be alert as Morrison tried his luck with a 20-yard right foot shot that the veteran custodian had to tip over the crossbar.
Nairn went close to opening the scoring two minutes before the break as Scott Kellacher launched a high free-kick into the box that was met by a header from Iain Brooks but he was denied by former Nairn shotstopper Dunn.
The hosts almost opened the scoring on the stroke of half time when the impressive McMullen saw his volley from the edge of the box flash just over the the Nairn crossbar. (Half Time: 0-0).
Nairn almost got their noses in front six minutes after the restart. Kellacher's corner from the right was met at the front post by Willie Barron but his header went just over the bar to the frustration of the visitors.
The elusive opening goal arrived in the 58th minute as left-back Gary Youngson surged forward and fired in a low cross that was slid home by Morrison at the back post to put the home side in a prime position to cause an upset.
Steven Ellis went close to doubling the home side's lead in the 71st minute when he unleashed a first time shot from the edge of the box that went just past the post.
Only a great save from Dunn kept Lossiemouth in front in the 85th minute. Kellacher again whipped in a corner kick - this time from the left - and again it was met by a front post header from Barron but Dunn was equal to it as he dived to his right to tip the ball over the bar.
Nairn's were back on the attack in injury time as Low's cross from the left was met by a header from MacRae that went over the bar and that was County's last chance of the game gone.
A disappointing result for Nairn but Les Fridge will be looking for a positive reaction from his troops when champions Huntly come calling to Station Park next week. The boss has seen his side build up a good run of form over recent months and in the coming weeks he will be keen to see that this result is only a minor blip.
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||20||-||49||-|
|Andrew Allan (sub)||-||11||-||17||-|
|Martin MacDonald (sub)||23||23||5||23||5|
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