NAIRN County recorded their biggest league win of the season so far as they put five past sorry Huntly at Station Park.
Man of the match Cohen Ramsay bagged himself a goal and an assist for the other four while there was also a first senior strike for young attacker, Seamus McConaghy.
Nairn went in front with just seven minutes on the clock. Cohen Ramsay whipped across an in-swinging corner kick from the right and Dylan Mackenzie stepped off the goalkeeper to give himself the space he needed to rise unmarked and thump home a close-range header.
Huntly number one Euan Storrier was called into action on 24 minutes as he had to make a smart save diving to his right to hold Ewen Urquhart’s snap shot from 22 yards out.
The Huntly stopper was called into action again two minutes later when he again dived to his right, this time to clutch Fraser Dingwall’s towering header after he rose just inside the right-edge of the box to meet Gregg Main’s in-swinging free kick from deep on the left with an effort back across goal.
A minute later, Glenn Main let fly with a rasping low effort from 22 yards out. But his left-footed drive flew across goal and just beyond the far post.
County’s second goal arrived five minutes before half time and Ramsay’s corner kick from the right was once again the source. This time it was Callum Maclean who found the net as arrived unmarked at the far post, having timed his run to perfection to nod home his first goal of the season.
Just like the quick start they made to the first half, Nairn were out of the traps sharply again after the turnaround. Ramsay was unmarked to head a deflected ball into the box from the right goalwards after it dropped, with the young wide man directed the ball off the near post. It came back off the frame of the goal to the feet of Max Ewan, who was also unmarked and left with a tap-in to put County three goals up.
But the visitors pulled a goal back just three minutes later. Kai Ross was allowed to pull the ball down just inside the Nairn penalty area and feed Matthew McDonald, who managed to sneak his shot just inside the left-hand post.
Nairn fired a couple of half-chances into the welcoming arms of Storrier but the goalkeeper was beaten by Gregg Main’s free kick from just outside the box on 71 minutes. Unfortunately for the hosts, so was the left-hand post as the captain’s low effort from a central position flashed just off target.
The visitors went down to 10 men 15 minutes from time as tempers frayed. Paul Napier tripped Ramsay after the midfielder had skinned the full back and stepped inside with the ex-Buckie Thistle man to be shown his second yellow card of the day.
County made the points safe eight minutes from time. Trialist held the ball up in the far left corner as Nairn looked to run the clock down before rolling it into the path of the arriving Cohen Ramsay. He then waltzed in along the by-line evading a Huntly challenge before rolling the ball under Storrier and in at the far post.
It got better for Nairn on 85 minutes. Trialist saw a bending, right-footed shot from just inside the left-edge of the penalty area superbly parried by the diving Storrier, with Ramsay’s follow-up blocked before the ball broke to the unmarked Seamus McConaghy, with the youngster ramming home his first senior goal at the far post.
It nearly got even better for the home side on 89 minutes when Glenn Main stepped on to a loose ball 20 yards from goal. But his bending effort clipped the top of the crossbar on its way over the top with Storrier rooted to the spot.
Nairn County – Kendall, Dingwall, K. McKenzie, Callum Maclean, Glenn Main (yellow 72), Porritt, Ramsay, Urquhart, D. Mackenzie (McConaghy 68), Gregg Main (yellow 45+2) (MacDonald 76), Ewan (Trialist 55). Subs unused: Fernandino-Soto, Highet, Ednie, Wilkie (gk).
Huntly – Storrier, Napier (yellow 45+2, 75), Johnston, Clark (y 70), Wood, Booth (y 66) (McKeown 68), Still, Murison (y 88), McGowan, McDonald (Andrews 84), Ross (y 45). Subs unused: Jack, Hay, Ritchie, Farquhar (gk).
Referee – Alan Proctor.
Pictures by Donald Matheson