3 - 2
3 - 2
Mark Holmes (7)
Willie Barron (17)
Gary Farquhar (21)
Willie Barron for Johnny Seaton (14)
Alan Cormie for Scott Kellacher (42)
Steven Edwards (41)
County gaffer Ronnie Sharp made 2 changes in personnel to the side that crumbled in Wick last week as he brought back in Steven Edwards and Mark Holmes for Willie Barron and Alan Cormie. Rae started in goals with a back 3 of Colin Macleod, Dave Macdonald and Edwards. Holmes played wide right midfield with Garry Ewing moved back into left midfield. Neal Sinclair and Gary Farquhar were the playmakers in the middle with a front 3 of Scott Kellacher, John Seaton and Ian Brooks.
The game started fast with both sides playing some good joined up football and it was County who opened to scoring through Mark Holmes after just 7 minutes of play. He made a brilliant darting run in from the right and waltzed past the visiting defence before placing the ball under Bremner between the Huntly sticks from 10 yards out. Nairn were dealt a blow when Seaton had to come off after injuring his back in a fall while challenging Bremner in the air. He was replaced by Willie Barron after 14 minutes. Barron made an immediate impact by increasing County's lead with 17 minutes on the clock when he scored a goal almost identical to Holmes'. He cut in from the right and sliced through Huntly's back line and slotted under Bremner.
The County faithful could barely believe their eyes when their side made it 3-0 on only 21 minutes after Huntly failed to clear a Nairn corner, Willie Barron had a go and Scott Kellacher attempted an overhead kick before it broke loose to Farquhar who drove home through a crowded area from 13 yards. Everything was going right for County but the game was to be turned on its head by some disasterous refereeing. Huntly grabbed a lifeline when after some slack marking Stewart nodded home at the back post.
They were even more in the game when Marco De Barros lobbed Mike Rae and made him look like David Seaman. The referee then controversially sent off Nairn's Colin Macleod for appearing to shove De Barros off the ball. The official spoilt the game even more by unjustifably sending off Nairn's Steven Edwards. It now looked as if Huntly were the favourites to come away with the 3 points and it would be a backs to the wall job for the County. Sharp sacrificed striker Scott Kellacher for defender Alan Cormie on 42 minutes.
Huntly dominated possession in the second period but because of County's defensive resistance and goalkeeper Michael Rae they couldn't find the break through. They had a counless number of chances and forced Rae to pull out some top drawer saves to keep his side in front. County threatened on the counter several times in the second half and earned themselves a free kick on the edge of the box. Set piece expert Gary Farquhar stepped up but unfortunately he saw the net bulge inwards instead of outwards from his strike.
Huntly were then reduced to 10 men when substitute Darren Nicol was given his second yellow card after a crunching tackle on Farquhar. This earned the man in black some ironic cheers from the vocal home support. Farquhar had the last chance of the game when Brooks played the ball to the back post but at full stretch he could only lift the ball over the bar on 88 minutes.
Ronnie Sharp will be pleased with the way his team applied themselves after being harshly reduced to 9 men before half time and will be hoping for a repeat performance next week away to Brora.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||10||-||10||-|
|Alan Cormie (sub)||-||6||-||21||-|
|Willie Barron (sub)||21||11||3||20||6|
No league table has been added for this season.