|Match Reports May 31st 2011: Nairn claim fifth place|
Calum Maclean's farewell to the post of Fort William manager didn't quite go according to plan with Nairn County spoiling the party by helping themselves to a victory that saw them claim an impressive fifth placed finish.
The Wee County were the first to create an opening in the fourth minute Robbie Duncanson ran on to a great Steve Mackay throughball but in the ensuing one-on-one situation John Campbell came up trumps turning the ball away with is feet.
Three minutes later and a long ball from defence saw Steve Mackay beat the offside trap but his shot was deflected wide for a corner by a back tracking defender. The corner that followed from Gregg Main was met by Martin Macdonald 8 yards from goal but his goalbound effort was turned over by John Campbell.
Fort's first effort of note came in the 18th minute a great ball in from Raymond Munro on the right picked out Michael Gillespie 20 yards from goal but his shot was well dealt with by Callum Donaldson.
Nairn responded and John Cameron broke down the left having been fed in my Martin Macdonald but his angled shot from inside the area drifted just wide before a foraging run down the right by Marc Macdonald and his ball into the box was met by Steve Mackay six yards out but once again he turned it just wide
The action continued at pace as the half drew towards a close. A 30 yard Sean Ellis free kick looked in all the way until it veered to the right at the last minute and flew past the post. Then a brilliant run by the red headed winger took him past six tackles before he laid it off to Iain Maclellan 10 yards out, although his shot beat Calum Donaldson, John Cameron was on the line to clear.
In the final minute of the half Paul Macleod had the ball in the net but to the amazement of all those of a Nairn persuasion the goal was ruled out for an alleged push, ensuring the half ended goalless.
The Wee County bounced back from that disappointment to take the lead just two minutes after the turnaround. Steve Mackay's 20 yard free kick was well saved by former Station Park stopper John Campbell but Robbie Duncanson was on hand to ram home the rebound from close range.
Number two all but clinched the win in the 65th minute. Dale Gillespie sprung the offside trap and drove in from left. While his effort was brilliantly saved by John Campbell the ball rolled into the path of Steve Mackay who couldn't miss when presented with an open goal, one yard out.
Nairn looked intent on making it three clean sheets in a row and were on track for that until a penalty kick in the 87th minute gave Fort the chance to pull one back. Sean Ellis was brought down in the box and Sean Grant came forward to send Calum Donaldson the wrong way from the penalty spot.
However referee Doug Ross was to round off his season with a flourish as he was pointing to the spot at the other end of the field just moments later after Gavin Smith went down under the power of Graham Bamber's shoulder. Steve Mackay drilled the spot kick straight down the middle to lift Nairn to fifth and leave Fort holding the wooden spoon.
Full Time: Fort William 1 Nairn County 3
|< Prev||Next >|