Nairn County 4
Forres Mechanics 1
Highland League Cup (1st Round)


Nairn County
4 - 1
Forres Mechanics 

Highland League Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, April 5th, 2003
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Gary Farquhar (2)
Willie Barron (46)
Willie Barron (80)
Gary Farquhar (85)
None.

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Donnie Munro
Mark Holmes
Alan Cormie
Steven Edwards
Gareth Smith
Willie Barron
Colin MacLeod
Neal Sinclair
Garry Ewing
Gary Farquhar
Iain Brooks
Unknown.

Bench
Callum Donaldson
Mo MacMillan
Andrea Coletto
Steve Sanderson
Scott Kellacher
None.

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials




Match Report


Nairn County come off the back of three consecutive losses in style with an excellent performance resulting in a 4-1 win over local rivals Forres Mechanics. Impressive performances from Willie Barron and Man of the Match Alan Cormie.

A dream start for County going one up with only two minutes played. A beautiful volley from Gary Farquhar was helped on it's way by the post. The chance originally coming from a poorly cleared corner.

The Wee County were living the moment when they nearly went two up with not even ten minutes being played. A pacy Holmes run from midfield saw him with a shooting oppurtunity which flashed past the left hand post. Panic in the Nairn box saw Brown have a shot, which carried a deflection, brilliantly saved by Donnie Munro. Many believing he has settled down at Station Park now and is showing the Highland League his expertise. Barron raced through the Forres defence with the only way they could stop him was to take him down in the box. To everyones amazement Farquhar missed the penalty the first time this season.

County controlled the game and some excellent build up play released Ewing one on one with McRitchie. Ewing kept his shot low but the reaction of the Forres stopper matched the shot and saved with his foot. Nairn were temporary pegged back when the Can's equalised through Francis More. Nairn's defensive duties equalled their attacking ones when Colin Macleod bravely headered away from a dangerous inswinging free-kick.

Nairn opened the second half like the first scoring early on, 28 seconds to be precise, when a hopeful long ball was knocked down by Ian Brooks to Barron who confidently and coolly slotted under the oncoming defender's leg and through Mark McRitchie's legs. Nairn could've let their lead slip for the second time of the game when Donnie Munro parried the ball straight into the path of Russell McFee. With the goal gaping he some how blazed his shot over the bar.

The game swang from end to end with no joy for either side until the 80th minute. Barron was once again unstoppable after picking the ball up in midfield. He charged towards the goal and from 12 yards nutmegged the Forres stopper for the second time of the day. Everything was in place and there was no chance Nairn were to lose this match. Two Forres substitutes never affected their performance as Nairn increased their lead in the 85th minute. Wille Barron raced down the left hand side, substitute Kellacher broke into the box taking two defenders with him leaving Farquhar on the edge of the box. Barron slipped the ball to him and Gary placed the ball in the bottom left hand corner to seal the win.

This is a win County needed so lets hope we can revive whats left of the season and show our critics we are one of the best teams in the league.



Squad Statistics (as at April 5th, 2003)


2002-03 All Time
Age
Donnie Munro (GK) - 4 - 4 -
Gareth Smith24 19 - 29 -
Alan Cormie - 15 - 30 -
Mark Holmes27 208208
Steven Edwards22 171181
Willie Barron22 23103213
Colin MacLeod28 19 - 29 -
Garry Ewing - 25 - 402
Gary Farquhar - 30164021
Neal Sinclair - 27 - 332
Iain Brooks24 27134014


League Table (as at April 5th, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.