6 - 0
6 - 0
Gary Farquhar (pen.)
Steve Sanderson (15)
Iain Brooks (19)
Scott Kellacher (32)
Glenn Main for Alan Cormie
Robbie Duncanson for Steve Sanderson
It turned out to be an easy win for Nairn County tonight and they grabbed enough goals to ensure that no matter what the score is in Saturdays game with Fraserburgh, as long as County win they will have a better goal difference and secure 5th spot in the final Legaue standings.
Boss Ronnie Sharp made two changes to the side that won through at Inverurie on Saturday by replacing Andrea Coletto and triallist Brian Macleod with Johnny Seaton and Ian Brooks who both returned from suspension.
It took Nairn only a quarter of an hour to open the scoring through pint sized tallisman Steve Sanderson. Brooks saw his original shot saved but the follow up was expertly clipped home by the wee striker for his 8th League goal of the season. The lead was doubled only 4 minutes later when Ian Brooks hammered home from just outside the box on 19 minutes. Kellacher then got his name on the scoresheet after 32 minutes when he expertly executed a 25 yard free kick showing that Farquhar is not the only player in the side who is deadly from set pieces.
County then wrapped up the three points with three goals in a six minute spell. The first came from Brooks' second of the night when he timed his run to perfection to latch onto a Sanderson through ball before coolly finishing. A minute later Farquhar slotted home a penalty to score his first spotkick at Station Park since his miss against Forres in the League Cup just over a month ago. Scott Kellacher won the penalty after he was tackled from behind. Kellacher then made it six to equal County's biggest win of the season, the other 6-0 coming away at Clach in Jamuary. He twisted and turned his way through the visiting defence before firing home leaving the keeper with no chance.
With the three points secure, Sharp took the opportunity to blood some of the clubs up and coming youth team players. First on was Robbie Duncanson who made his debut last week at Inverurie. He replaced Sanderson and put in a good performance and gave the Lossie defence some problems.
Under 18 Player of the Year Glenn Main was then introduced to the fray to make his debut in place of Alan Cormie and made some bursting runs up the left wing as well as tracking back and putting in some vital tackles. Marc Macdonald was the third and final youth player to make an appearence in the dying minutes and his partnership with Duncanson at Under 18's level was apparent in the first team as they linked up well.
Playing alongside the likes of Kellacher, Farquhar, Holmes and Sanderson can only imrpove these players and mould them into first team regulars in the years to come. Although Sharp took off several key players to give the youngsters their chance it didn't look as if the team had been weakened in any way.
A great win for County to put them 6th outright in the table with one game left to play. A win in that will secure 5th spot on goal difference although a defeat could see them slip a place or two depending on other results but by winning by such a large margin tonight Nairn have all put ensured the only way they can go on Saturday is up.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||27||-||27||-|
|Glenn Main (sub)||17||1||-||1||-|
|Robbie Duncanson (sub)||18||2||-||2||-|
No league table has been added for this season.