Formartine United’s season hit a new low on Saturday when they were bundled out of the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup by in-form Nairn County.
The preliminary round tie at North Lodge Park was the Pitmedden side’s first game in a month and they slumped to an embarrassing defeat, ending up with 10 men.
It was not Formartine’s finest hour and they are now left to salvage what they can from the rest of the season, while clearly having to address deficiencies in several departments in time to mount a credible challenge for honours next time around.
Nairn took the lead in the 25th minute when the league’s top scorer Conor Gethins found space and chipped the ball over Shearer from 15 yards.
It was 2-0 eight minutes later. Gethins slipped the ball into the path of Leslie who hammered it into the far corner.
Formartine started the second half determined to get back into the tie but it all went to pieces in the 57th minute when Hamish Munro was sent off for bringing down Leslie.
The red card did little to change the pattern of the game with United continue to huff and puff with County carrying more menace.
They extended their lead in the 68th minute when Duncanson controlled a ball from the ever-dangerous Gethins and drilled it home from close range.
Formartine pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 84th minute, Stuart Anderson netting after a MacDonald handball.
But Nairn made it 4-1 in the dying minutes when Gethins rose above the home defenders to head home a Moore cross.
Formartine United: Shearer, Munro, Smith, McKeown, Campbell, Anderson, a Clark, McVitie, Keith, Ewen, Hamill. Substitutes: Napier, Park, Jeffrey, Bagshaw, Dingwall.
Nairn County: Donaldson, Webb, A Naismith, Morrison, MacDonald, Pollock, Gregg Main, Leslie, Duncanson, Gethins, MacPhee. Substiutes: Glenn Main, R. Naismith, Moore, Neill, MacCallum.