Lossiemouth 1-5 Nairn County
Scottish Fitba Base at Grant Park
Despite dreadful playing conditions spectators were treated to a cracking game at Grant Park with Nairn County winning 5-1 over Lossiemouth. A hat trick from Conor Gethins and goals from Sam Urquhart and Robert Duncanson wrapped up a convincing victory for the away side.
Ross Archibald got on the score sheet for Lossie but this couldn’t prevent the Wee County from traveling up the road with three points in their back pocket. As Charlie Charlesworth’s side suffered their fourth straight defeat.
The hosts were missing Joao Rodrigues, Tony Ross, Connor Macauley and Mark Hector due to injuries all sat in stands to watch their team slump to a defeat. The Coasters welcomed back Biscuits, Ryan Green and Andrew Stewart back into the team. Meanwhile the away side’s Alan Pollock, Gregg Main and Adam Naismith returned back into the squad.
The first real chance came for Les Fridge’s side when Sam Urquhart cut inside from the right and fired a shot which keeper Darren Mcconnachie made a conformable save. In the 6th minute the opener arrived for Nairn as Conor Gethins back heeled the ball to Urqhuart who tucked it nicely home. A minute later, Lossie reacted instantly after being a goal down with Ross Archibald netting a calm and composed finish after a great move from the hosts which gave Calum Antell no chance to level this game.
In the 10th minute Nairn retook their lead when Kenny McKenzie played a clever pass through to Gethins who slotted the ball into the net despite strong claims for offside by the Lossie support. Soon after, Anthony Wallace struck a powerful strike from 15 yards which hit the post. Not long after Gethins smashed a free kick which struck the wall. But it came straight back to him and with the rebound the striker sweetly caught the ball which the keeper brilliantly tipped over the crossbar.
Gethins almost grabbed his second of the afternoon minutes later when Robert Duncanson set up the Irishman from a couple of yards but he sliced the ball wide of the target. Again the County piled on the pressure with Gethins turned provider as he lay up Duncanson whose powerful strike was well blocked by Kevin Duguid.
After the break Nairn were pushing on for more goals and in the 55th minute McKenzie crossed the ball in from left flank and Gethins tapped the ball into the net to make it 3-1 for the visitors. In the 62nd minute Duncanson hit a wonder strike from 20 yards which went into the net to make Charlesworth’s afternoon even worse.
At the other end Lossie were searching for a goal back and as Archibald was about to pull the trigger Michael Morrison blocked the striker’s effort with his head. In the 81st minute Charlesworth’s afternoon got worse as Chris Ross was adjudged to have fouled Wallace and referee Chris Phillips pointed to the spot for a penalty. Gethins stepped up to netted the spot kick as it struck off the post to grabbed his hat trick and give Nairn a 5-1 convincing victory over the Coasters.
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