0 - 5
0 - 5
Alan Cormie for Steve Sanderson (46)
Andrea Coletto for Steven Edwards (46)
County lost again when they crashed 5-0 to a superior Keith side at Station Park. It was clear from the off that the visitors were out to avenge the 3-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of County earlier in the campaign at Kynoch Park. This was proved when Derek Smith passed up two chances in the opening stages, both of which went over the bar. Derek Nicol did open the scoring for the Maroons however, when he angled a shot past Donnie Munro from the right edge of the box on 13 minutes.
It took only two minutes for the visitors to double their lead when Reid hammered home from 18 yards after a slick, well worked passing move between himself and Derek Nicol.
Then on 25 minutes Nicol had grabbed his brace for the night when his shot from the right edge of the box sailed over Munro and into the roof of the net. Smith made ammends for his earlier nisses on 32 minutes when he made it 4 on 32 minutes when his volley from 8 yards crashed off of the underside of the crossbar before bouncing over the line.
County gave their fans little to shout about in this half but they just weren't getting the rub of the green. This was proved when a Kellacher shot from the edge of the 6 yard box was cleared away for a corner. From the resultant set play Holmes hit the post with a header.
Boss Ronnie Sharp withdrew Steve Sanderson and Steven Edwards, who was playing sweeper instead of the injured Dave Macdonald, in place of Alan Cormie and Andrea Coletto. Cormie played centre half to make a flat back three while Coletto slotted in on the left of midfield for Neal SInclair. Sinclair played in centre midfield and therefore Ian Brooks went up front to complete the re-shuffle. Keith lowered the tone of the second half as County attempted to at least hit the back of the net but it wasn't to be.
Farquhar came closest for the hosts when his thunderous volley from the edge of the box came crashing off of the underaide of the bar before being cleared to safety by the visiting defence. Keith rubbed salt into the Nairn wounds when they added a fifth through Ally Reid. He made a direct run at goal straight through the middle of the County defence, that offered little resistance, before coolly slotting under Munro.
Nairn's midweek msiery was compounded when it was announced over the tannoy that Rothes, Saturday's semi final opponents, had defeated Cove 2-0 at Allan Park. Nairn will have to imrpove drastically if they are to reach the North Cup and you would have to say that off the back of the two teams respective midweek performances that County are the underdogs.
|Donnie Munro (GK)||-||2||-||2||-|
|Alan Cormie (sub)||-||14||-||29||-|
|Andrea Coletto (sub)||19||3||-||3||-|
No league table has been added for this season.