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Dufftown come from behind to claim draw as Nairn St Ninian get League Cup West Section campaign under way


By Andrew Henderson

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Nairn St Ninian threw away a two-goal lead as they got their 2020/21 season up and running.

Like with many other leagues and sports, junior football is taking on a new format under pandemic conditions, with the Saints kicking things off in the League Cup West Section Group One against Dufftown.

Manager Keith Mason was missing a handful of players for the match at Showfield Park, with Matty Grant, Craig Munro, Adam Macleod, Charlie Fonweban, Cameron Angus and Sean McWilliams all out injured.

Nairn St Ninian kicked off their competitive season against Dufftown last weekend. Picture: James Mackenzie
Nairn St Ninian kicked off their competitive season against Dufftown last weekend. Picture: James Mackenzie

Even so, St Ninians were the side to break the deadlock just after the half-hour mark.

Number eight Ross Mackenzie was the man to score Saints’ first goal of the season, and his strike was all that separated the teams going into half time.

The early stages of the second half were chaotic to say the least, with proceedings going from good to bad extremely quickly for the hosts.

Straight after the restart, Lee Haines found the net to double Nairn’s advantage.

However, three minutes later the scores were level, as Dufftown scored a quickfire double through James Stables and Scott Thomson to bring it back to 2–2.

That was how the scores stayed for the remainder of the match, with each team having to settle for a point.

Jack Anderson was named man of the match for St Ninian.

Next up Mason’s men travel to Forest Park tomorrow to take on Burghead Thistle in their second group game.

Burghead drew 1–1 against Islavale in their opening match.


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