Saturday July 12, 2014
Nairn County welcomed Airdrieonians to Station Park and it took the League One side only ten minutes to get their noses in front.
Joe Hamill slotted a straight pass through the inside right channel and Keigan Parker curved his run in behind the defence before slotting the ball through the legs of Callum Donaldson from the edge of the six yard box.
Gary Bollan's team dominated the first 30 minutes but having worked hard to limit their chances the Wee County began to show the confidence to maintain possession with a greater regularity on the rain-slicked surface as the first half drew to a close.
Conor Gethins joined the fray in the second half and it took the fingertips of former Hibs goalkeeper Andrew McNeil to deny him a leveller early in the period. A good ball in from the right by Alan Pollock was taken by Gethins 6 yards out and he turned on a six pence before placing a low left foot reverse ball towards the bottom corner but just as it seemed destined to nestle in the net McNeil adjusted his feet and leapt to make the stop.
Chances were at a premium in the match and the next save was to arrive eleven minutes from time, with Callum Donaldson taking the applause of the fans this time round.
Gethins wayward pass at a point when men were committed up the field allowed Airdrie to break with purpose. They worked their way into the Nairn box with Jimmy Lister laying the ball on the angle to John Boyle but Donaldson was out quickly to narrow the angle and make a solid save.
The Diamonds had the ball in the net for a second time in the 85th minute but Jack Kirwan's celebrations were cut short by an offside flag. However there was no denying them an 89th minute second when John Boyle tapped the ball into the net from close range after Paddy Boyle's effort from a corner struck the post.
Steve Rathray at Station Park.