Report by Douglas Cameron
Elgin went back to the top of the table with this vital, if undeserved, win against a very useful Stirling side. Elgin made one change with Marc McKenzie replacing Daniel Moore.
Exchanges were fairly even in the initial stages and Lamont fired a free kick over the bar after a foul by Brian Cameron. Dylan Easton appeared to be fouled in the box but the referee awarded a free kick to Stirling several yards outside the box.
Elgin took the lead in 14 minutes when Gunny converted an excellent pass from Marc McKenzie. Stirling were causing Elgin lots of problems with free kicks and corners and equalised from a corner when pressure was applied on Mark Hurst. His weak punch was met by Ross McGeachie who headed home from close range.
Elgin replied with efforts from Marc and Gunny and the latter should have probably scored from one of these. Hurst redeemed himself with an excellent save just before half time. A draw seemed about right at that stage.
The second half belonged to Stirling who forced Elgin back. Elgin persisted in hitting long balls out of defence and Thomas Reilly and Brian Cameron our creative midfielders were unable to get into the game . Stirling had several good opportunities to score but were wasteful. They did have the ball in the net but was ruled out for offside.
Daniel Moore and Steven Ross replaced Marc McKenzie and Dylan Easton. Brian Cameron was pushed up front with Gunny who was then replaced by our new loan signing from St Johnstone Kyle Lander.
Just when it seemed Elgin would hold on for a draw they were awarded a penalty deep in stoppage time. Nobody seemed to know why it was awarded but Brian Cameron showed great confidence in grabbing the ball in the absence of our regular penalty taker Gunny and fired the ball home.
This was a vital win for Elgin as we now look ahead to a trip to Broadwood on Saturday.