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Adam Naismith (47)
Gordon Morrison (69)
Shaun Kerr (32)
Martin MacDonald (90)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Gordon McNab for David Watson (77)
David Clark for Kyle MacLean (82)
Scott Kellacher for Gordon Morrison (88)
Scott Graham for Lewis Mackinnon (68)
Duncan Jones for Brian Macleod (75)
Glenn Main for Gregg Main (86)
Chris Ross (13)
David Watson (23)
Colin Williamson (75)
Gregg Main (1)
Lewis Mackinnon (60)
Wayne Mackintosh (60)
|Colin Williamson (75)||None.|
Martin MacDonald netted an injury time equaliser at Grant Street Park as Nairn County came from behind to snatch a crucial point.
The goal sparked wild scenes among the travelling fans as the result halted Nairn's recent run of three defeats in a row. And it could have been even better for Les Fridge's men had they not had a goal disallowed only two minutes previously.
Fridge made one change to the starting line up with Andrea Coletto coming in for what was his second start of the season as Billy Horne dropped the bench. There was also a place among the substitutes for new signing Graeme Stewart and a surprise return for Duncan Jones. Transfer listed duo Neil MacDonald and Harry Rae were again unavailable.
County broke the deadlock in the first half when Shaun Kerr stooped to head home Gregg Main's cross to give Nairn a deserved lead. But Clach surged back after the break and Adam Naismith levelled things less than a minute in the second 45. Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors when Gordon Morrison put the hosts in front on 69 minutes. Nairn upped the ante in a bid to get back into the game after Clach midfielder Colin Williamson saw red in the 75th minute and managed to snatch a draw through MacDonald's goal four minutes into stoppage time.
It didn't take long for the referee to make his mark on another typically feisty encounter between these two sides when he booked Gregg Main after only 40 seconds of play.
Nairn were first to threat when MacDonald met a Main corner with a header but he sent his effort wide of Clach goalkeeper Neil Hastie's post.
With eight minutes played, Naismith gave Nairn notice of what he intended to do all afternoon when he raced down the right flank and sent a dangerous ball across the six-yard box. But thankfully for County, there were no takers on this occasion.
Nairn had a glorious chance to open the scoring on 26 minutes when Willie Barron sent a telling ball into the home box. Goalkeeper Hastie made a hash of attempting to make the catch and the ball broke to the unmarked Main. But his side-footed attempt was headed clear when it looked easier to score.
But the Nairn midfielder made amends six minutes later when he laid on the opening goal. His free kick into the box was headed past the despairing Hastie by Shaun Kerr as the former Clach man came back to haunt his former club.
Kerr was involved again soon after when he chased what looked like a lost cause and played an inviting ball into the path of Lewis MacKinnon. But the Nairn centre forward's shot went wide of the target when he should have done better.
Whatever the Clach management team said at half time certainly worked wonders as after just one minute of the second half they were level. A high ball into the Nairn area wasn't dealt with by either MacDonald or Stephen Skinner and Adam Naismith was on hand to poke it past Callum Donaldson to level things up. All this before the suspended Les Fridge had the chance to get back to his stance behind the dugout.
Clach now had the upper hand and Nairn were being forced back deeper and deeper with Naismith a stand out for the home side.
Nairn did have a half chance when Steven Edwards met a Main cross on the volley but his effort whizzed past the post.
A moment of indecision by Skinner allowed Chris Ross to rob him and bear down on the Nairn goal. Just as he was about to fire the ball across the area he looked to have been pushed in the back by the Nairn defender. But to his credit, he remained on his feet and the ball found Morrison who shot powerfully over.
This was an early warning to Nairn of what was about to arrive on 69 minutes when Williamson did well to hold up a pass on the edge of the box. He laid it off to the on-running Gordon Morrison who sent a rasping shot high into the Nairn net to give the home team the lead.
Nairn looked to reply when a cross from Brian Macleod found Kerr in the box but with only Hastie to beat, he sent his shot into the now-condemned enclosure.
On 75 minutes, the referee appeared to want to take centre stage when Williamson was booked for what looked like time wasting. After showing him the yellow card, the ref then showed him another and off the Clach midfielder went.
Nairn now had the upper hand and started to lay siege on their hosts' goal. And with 10 minutes left, MacDonald was unlucky when his header was cleared off the line.
Clach sub Scott Kellacher was greeted by a chorus of boos from the travelling fans as the former Nairn striker came on in the dying minutes. It wasn't long before he had tangled with former team-mate Edwards and both seemed to be wrestling with one another as they tried to get to their feet. It looked like both would get at least a yellow card but to the amazement of the on-looking benches, the ref let them both off with a warning.
The action was far from over and in the 91st minute a high ball into the Clach area was bundled into the net by Skinner to give Nairn what looked like an equaliser. But to the agony of the celebrating away support, the ref ruled the goal out for a push after initially letting it stand - a decision that infuriated the Nairn bench.
But there was still time for another turn in the match. Four minutes into time added on, a hopeful high ball into the box by Glenn Main tempted Hastie to leave his line. But Martin MacDonald beat the Clach goalkeeper to the ball and saw his header nestle in the back of the net sparking jubilant scenes among players and fans alike as Nairn snatched a deserved point from this derby.
|Callum Donaldson (GK)||23||6||-||11||-|
|Glenn Main (sub)||23||6||-||36||-|
|Duncan Jones (sub)||24||17||3||103||20|
|Scott Graham (sub)||21||19||4||40||6|
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