Nairn County 3
Buckie Thistle 3
League (HFL)


Nairn County
3 - 3
Buckie Thistle 

League (HFL)
Saturday, April 19th, 2003
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Scott Kellacher 
Willie Barron (6)
Steve Sanderson (46)
None.

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Mark Holmes
Dave Macdonald
Alan Cormie
Steven Edwards
Andrea Coletto
Garry Ewing
Willie Barron
Gary Farquhar
Johnny Seaton
Iain Brooks
Unknown.

Bench
Donnie Munro
Mo MacMillan
Steve Sanderson
Scott Kellacher
None.

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials


Match Report


A good County performance see's the side snatch a point from the jaws of defeat thanks to a last minute goal from sub Scott Kellacher. Maybe if the team were on this sort of form a couple of weeks ago this game might not have been played as Nairn would have been in the North Cup final played today. Ronnie Sharp rung the chances to his line-up for today's game and surprised many people with the re-intoduction of Michael Rae and Dave Macdonald to the side. Also back in the starting XI today were Andrea Coletto and Johnny Seaton while making way for this four were keeper Donnie Munro, defenders Gareth Smith and Colin Macleod and suspended midfielder Neal Sinclair.

It looked as if County had changed their formation to a 4-4-2 to start off with Rae between the sticks, Macdonald and Edwards at centre back while Coletto and Cormie played left and right full back respectively. Holmes was on the left hand side of midfield while Seaton was on the right with Farquhar and Ewing in the centre. Brooks and Barron were the strike pairing up front.

Nairn took immediate controll of this match and this was evident when they went in front after only six minutes thanks to a Willie Barron wonder goal. He collected the ball just inside the Buckie half and proceeded to drive at defenders with pace, as he does so well, before unleashing an unstoppable shot from at least 20 yards out that sailed into the keepers top right hand corner giving him no chance.

Buckie were back on level terms only four minutes later when a good passing move was finished off when Shewan's shot was deflected leaving Rae wrong footed. Brooks had County's next good chance when he headed a Seaton cross downward and towards goal but the Jags keeper did well to get down and stop his effort.

The second 45 was only 8 minutes old when Buckie got their noses in front for the first time in the game. A combination of slack marking and the County defence not being on their toes allowed Wood to head home at the back post after a corner from the left. But Nairn replied with a goal of their own less than a minute after re-starting.

Barron did well to reach the byline before pulling the ball back to Farquhar who was well positioned on the edge of the box. His ill-fated shot sat up perfectly for half time substitute Sanderson to volley home his sixth league goal of the campaign from nine yards out. Buckie were reduced to 10 men soon after and from that moment on County were the better side and looked as if they would turn the screw and grind out a win. They created several half chances the best of which was a well saved Willie Barron header and a Brooks shot that trcikled wide when the keeper was stranded.

Mark Wood then stunned the Station Park crowd when he put the visitors back in front on 64 minutes. He met a cross from the left with a glancing header past Rae. But all was not lost for County as they kept baltling in a bid to earn at least a point and they got what they deserved with the last kick of the ball. Holmes' corner from the left was easily cleared but the ball went straight to Garry Ewing. He sent a great ball back into the danger area which Scott Kellacher latched onto well with a volley past the keeper.

Station Park was basking in sunshine for this match and this point was as good for the team the weather was for the watching fans. With Fraserburgh winning against Keith, Nairn's game next week game through at Bellslea must not be lost if County are to launch a serious attempt at finishing 5th in the final standings.



Squad Statistics (as at April 19th, 2003)


2002-03 All Time
Age
Michael Rae (GK) - 24 - 24 -
Steven Edwards22 191201
Dave Macdonald - 28 - 38 -
Alan Cormie - 17 - 32 -
Mark Holmes27 228228
Garry Ewing - 27 - 422
Andrea Coletto19 5 - 5 -
Gary Farquhar - 32164221
Willie Barron22 25113414
Iain Brooks24 29144215
Johnny Seaton - 9 - 9 -


League Table (as at April 19th, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.