Nairn County 4 - WAFC 1
|16th November 2013 - Scottish Highland Football League||Station Park|
|Nairn County F.C.||
4 (Stuart Leslie 17, Conor Gethins 39, 84, Archie Macphee 82)
Team: Callum Donaldson, Sean Webb, Michael Morrison, Martin MacDonald, Wayne Mackintosh, Conor Gethins, Gregg Main, Adam Naismith, Stuart Leslie(Steven Ellis 80), Robbie Duncanson(Gary Kerr 87), Archie Macphee(Daniel Moore 89).
Subs: Ross Naismith, Daniel Moore, Gary Kerr, Steven Ellis, Michael MacCallum.
Wick Academy F.C.
|1 (Sam Mackay 54)|
Team: Michael Gray, Shaun Sinclair, Gary Manson, Alan Farquhar, Michael Steven, Craig Shearer(John Pickles 85), Sam Mackay, Stevie Cunningham(Ross Allan 72), Lukasz Geruzel, Richard Macadie, Davie Allan.
Subs: Alex Lamb, Ross Allan, John Pickles, Grant Steven, James More.
|Bookings:|| Michael Morrison 43
Davie Allan 43
Conor Gethins 65
Gregg Main 70
Michael Steven 78
Wayne MacKintosh 86
Sam Mackay 88
Ross Allan 88
Goal machine Gary Weir was missing for the Scorries today with a hamstring injury and his services were missed as Academy lost 4-1 away to Nairn County. Station Park continues to be a bogy venue for the Scorries as the last time we won down there was in season 2009/10. Academy stay in second spot in the table behind Formartine but with Brora, Nairn and Inverurie all with games in hand the pack are closing in.
Academy had the first real attempt of the game with about 10 minutes played. Davie Allan and Richard Macadie linked up before Macadie had a shot from 25 yards that Nairn keeper Callum Donaldson tipped around his post for a corner.
Sean Sinclair missed a tackle in mid field allowing Robbie Duncanson to slide the ball to Conor Gethins and his 35 yard drive whistled just over the Academy cross-bar.
Nairn opened the scoring on the 17th minute. Archie Macphee played a one-two with Duncanson who played the ball into Gethins. He floated the ball into the box for Stuart Leslie to bullet home with a great header.
1 - 0
Nairn came close again minutes later when Leslie drove up the left flank and delivered a cross to Gethins and his attempt came back off the post and was scrambled clear.
Cunningham then had a shot that just past the post before Lukasz Geruzel had his attempt deflected for a corner.
Academy kept creating chances and Geruzel is unlucky as his 25 yard attempt smashes off the Nairn post. Craig Shearer followed in but fired the rebound over the top of goal
6 minutes before half time Nairn went 2 up. A long ball was picked over the top of the Academy defense. Gethins looked off-side but there was no flag and he raced onto the ball and send a great lob over the top of Michael Gray from 22 yards out.
2 - 0
Half Time - Nairn County 2 - Wick Academy 0
Nairn had the first chance of the second half when Gethins crossed to Leslie at the back post, He flashed the ball across the face of goal but there were no takers to stick it home.
Academy broke up field on a counter-attack. Cunningham played the ball up the right and Macadie stepped over it letting it run on for Shaun Sinclair on the over-lap and his shot into the box seemed to be missed by everyone and hit off the post before being cleared by the Nairn defense for a corner.
Academy pulled a goal back in the 54th minute. Davie Allan played a defense splitting pass to Sam Mackay who ran onto the ball and knocked it past the out-rushing keeper.
2 - 1
A minute later Academy crafted another great chance. A Shearer cross from the left found Davie Allan free in the box but he fired his header straight at keeper Donaldson.
The game was going end to end and Gethins flashed a shot over the Academy cross-bar. Academy then pumped a high ball up-field to Geruzel who took it on his chest and laid it into the path of Macadie. He drove on and cut the ball back to Geruzel but the big Polish striker pulled his shot from 10 yards out just past the post.
Nairn again came close when Gethins set up Macpee but he fired just wide of target. Nair kept on the attack and Macphee set up Gethins who tried to curl a shot into the bottom left hand corner but Grey got a hand to it to make a good save.
Academy took Ross Allan on for Stevie Cunningham.
Michael Steven then had a goal-saving tackle as he pinched the ball off the toes of Gethins as he was shaping to shoot.
Substitute Ross Allan drove up the left flank and cut in before firing in a shot that was deflected for a corner. The corner was floated in and Academy had a shout for a hand-ball but referee Morag Pirie waved away the protests.
Nairn score with a break-away goal with 8 minutes left. Macphee and Adam Naismith combined. Macphee got t the by-line, cut inside Sinclair and from a tight angle fired a low shot past Gray into the bottom right hand corner.
3 - 1
2 minutes later and the home side put the game to bed. Ellis picked up a loose ball in the middle of the park and drove forward before sliding an inch-perfect pass to Gethins and he hammered the ball across goal into the bottom left hand corner.
4 - 1
Full Time - Nairn County 4 - Wick Academy 1