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Nairn County 1 Montrose 7

Some changes for Montrose for this Scottish Cup game at Station Park against Highland League side Nairn County. It was still a strong Montrose line up with Fleming in goal and a back four of Cammy B, Quinn, Dillon and Steeves. In midfield were Mochrie, Masson and Cochrane with Johnston, McLean and Milne up front. It soon became clear that Mochrie was playing a more forward role than usual and in that position he and Milne were very much at the centre of things as the first half progressed.

Montrose were in control from the off but took a bit of time to get their shooting range right as both Cammy B and McLean tried their luck. At the other end Nairn were having the same difficulty and a moderate wind saw their first effort veer well wide after 6 minutes.

It didn’t take long for Montrose to turn their control into goals and the first one came on 11 minutes as a Steeves cross following a set piece on the left was bundled in at the near post by AIDEN QUINN who nipped in front of the keeper to make it 1-0. It almost became 2-0 a minute later but young Mochrie didn’t get enough on his shot and keeper MacLean gathered it.

The second goal did come in the 15th minute with Mochrie in the thick of it again. His shot was blocked but CRAIG JOHNSTON was on hand to side foot the rebound cleanly into the net to make it 2-0

Milne then hit the angle of post and crossbar after 18 minutes, it stayed out but Montrose kept up the pace and it became 3-0 after 25 minutes. Mochrie, McLean and Johnston combined in a good move from which McLean hit the bar and again it was AIDAN QUINN who reacted first to head in the rebound. It was all Montrose and poor Nairn who had been sent straight from lockdown into this game were being over-run.

Nairn almost held out until half time but not quite. A long ball from Steeves found RUSSELL McLEAN in acres of space, he cut inside and unleashed a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards to make it 4-0 on 44 minutes.

For the second half Montrose predictably made a change as Hawke came on for McLean who had done his job well. For Nairn, Main replaced McNab. Montrose needed to continue well in command and keep it that way from a confidence point of view at least so that the rest of this truncated season would end strongly. A second substitution for the Mo saw Callaghan on for Cammy B in the 51st minute as they went three at the back and strengthened their grip even more in midfield. Manager Petrie maybe thought it was too crowded however as two minutes later Masson came off and was replaced by striker Rennie. The Mo seemed to lose their shape a bit with those changes and Nairn took advantage with their only purple patch in the game and pulled the score back to 4-1 on 56 minutes with a well taken free kick by TOM McLELLAN whose hard hit shot from 18 yards flew into the bottom corner. It was short lived pressure however as Montrose got back into gear again and made it 5-1 on 60 minutes as a cross from Milne landed at the feet of CRAIG JOHNSTON who bagged his second of the game with a shot high into the net.

Further scoring might well have added sooner to Nairn’s woe but credit to them as they tried hard in a very cleanly played game even though chances rarely came their way. Shewan was replaced by MacKenzie on 62 minutes before Montrose made it 6-1 on 70 minutes as MARTIN RENNIE cut in from the right to hit a hard shot which was parried by keeper MacLean but not enough to keep it out although Lewis Hawke appeared to get the final touch as it crossed the line. Rennie appears to have been credited with the goal although the tannoy announcer gave it to Hawke.

With Johnston on a hat-trick he looked odds on to do just that but under pressure from a defender he put the chance over the top from close range. Ten minutes to go and for Nairn McConaghy replaced Davidson then that hat-trick man CRAIG JOHNSTON hit his third and Montrose’s seventh goal with a thunderous shot as he stormed in from the right to give keeper MacLean no chance.

The last few minutes were played out as Nairn tried a few long range efforts none of which troubled Allan Fleming before referee Gavin Ross whistled for full time without any stoppage time added – but nobody complained about that! The only other thing to be added is the speed at which Craig Johnson went to collect the match ball which he is still probably holding right now – well hat-tricks don’t come along that often do they. A clean game at Nairn with no yellow or red cards for either side.

Fraserburgh away next in the Scottish Cup but not before important home games against Clyde and East Fife.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

Scottish Cup
Second Round

Tuesday 23rd March 2021



1  Dylan MacLean
1  Allan Fleming
2  Callum MacLean
2  Cammy Ballantyne (s51)
3  Kenny McKenzie
3  Andrew Steeves
4  Adam Porritt (c)
20  Chris Mochrie
5  Fraser Dingwall
17  Aidan Quinn
6  Cohen Ramsay
14  Seán Dillon
7  Max Ewan
12  Harry Cochrane
8  Tom MacLennan
6  Terry Masson (c) (s54)
9  Liam Shewan (s62)
10  Russell McLean (s49)
10  Scott Davidson (s80)
11  Lewis Milne
11  Gordon McNab (s45)
22  Craig Johnston
12  Glenn Main (s45)
7  Aiden Quinn
14  Seamus McConaghy (s80)
8  Paul Watson
15  Angus Dey
4  Harry Cochrane
16  Jack MacLean
19  Liam Callaghan (s51)
17  Dylan MacKenzie (s62)
22  Craig Johnston
20  Will Counsell (GK)
9  Lewis Hawke (s49)
    23  Martin Rennie (s54)
    15  Ross Campbell
    21  Aaron Lennox (GK)

Gavin Ross

Assistant Referees:
George King, Gordon Seago

Nairn County - Tom MacLennan (56)
Montrose - Aidan Quinn (11, 25), Craig Johnston (15, 60, 80), Russell McLean (44), Martin Rennie (70)

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