Written by Nairn County FC July 14th 2023


Goalscorers: Adam Brooks (6, 7), Dey OG (19), McKay (24), Cairns (55), Samuels (87)

County continued their pre- season preparation with a home match against Championship side, Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The home side went into the match minus the experienced trio of Calum Maclean, skipper Fraser Dingwall and Wayne MacKintosh as well as long-term absentee Andrew Greig. The visitors arrived at Station Park with a full squad to choose from – with all twenty two players playing a part.

New signing Adam Brooks from Celtic made an impressive debut and was at the double early on, as he scored twice in the space of 60 seconds with just nine minutes played.

After just eight minutes, the latest signing latched onto a Billy Mackay cross to convert the opener with a clinical finish leaving Dylan MacLean helpless. The striker was on the scoresheet again, sixty seconds later with an effort from an acute angle that found the corner of the net to leave the home side shell shocked.

The striker looked to have completed his hat-trick after eighteen minutes, but to the consternation of the visiting support, the effort was chalked off for offside.

Within sixty seconds it was 3-0, when following a corner, the ball was put into his own net by Angus Dey.

Billy Mckay the made it 4-0 after 23 minutes after he was unchallenged in the box to tap home a Keith Bray cross from the right wing from six yards out.

Ethan Cairns added a fifth when he scored with a close-range header from a corner kick, ten minutes into the second period.

Austin Samuels rounded off a fine performance when he made it six, with three minutes remaining, firing low into the far corner of the net, to round of a fine workmanlike performance from the Inverness side.

Next up for the Wee County is a trip to Dalgety Bay to play Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts on Saturday as their build up to the new season continues.

NAIRN COUNTY: Dylan Maclean (Lewis Munro 84): Jamie Carnihan (Conor Gethins 59),  Stephen Rennie (Cameron Lisle 46), Ross Tokely, Angus Dey, Kenny Mackenzie, Sam Gordon (Ciaran Young 73), Alisdair Gillies, Tyler Eadie (Trialist 46), Aaron Nicolson, Scott Davidson

Match Referee:  Kevin Buchanan


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