There is a match report from Brian Barclay available on the Highland Football League hub site that more than adequately details the passing of events on the pitch. This was always going to be a difficult one for County who were unlucky to be drawn for the preliminary round and not the start of the competition proper against the Aberdeenshire side who also desperately wanted to progress in this competition. Pele's squad hadn't played for a few weeks however and looked a bit out of sorts, as County progressed it became just another perfect day for the considerable numbers of travelling Nairn fans who probably, once again at another venue, equaled or outnumbered the home support. The faithful were treated to a farewell away performance by Andy Neill who came on as a sub in the final quarter of the game to the rapturous delight of the Wee Believers. Despair and shock seemed to be etched on some Formartine players faces as they struggled to find a way back into the game - yesterday's defeat will be a powerful blow to them.
Another trip home through the delightful Aberdeen-shire vistas, the nearby windmills standing majestically in the evening sun as the yellow and black travelling army entertained homeward fantasies of further progress and maybe even meeting a certain team in the final? A long way to go however but the season has been given more dramatic impetus, as in a fortnight's time Turriff will be coming to Nairn for the first round proper. Ali Asher might have to have more pies on standby to fulfill a hat-trick promise, the way that on-form County were knocking them in yesterday. The match was also filmed by SHFL TV - check their website here for details of a video of the game will appear.
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