Report: Elgin City 1-1 Queens Park

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Report by George Hay

There were 2 personnel changes in our starting line-up from last weeks game at Stirling with Darryl McHardy coming into the side in place of Kyle MacLeod and Marc Mckenzie in for Connor McLaren. We stuck with the same 3-5-2 formation with Darryl playing on the left hand side of the back 3 and up front Marc was alongside Gunny.

City lost the toss and Queens Park elected to play into a stiffish breeze which seemed to be blowing directly up and down the park. Duggan was first to show in the City penalty box, but his effort on goal missed to the right. Gunny had a chance just minutes later but his effort flew over the bar.

A bit against the run of play City went ahead after 18 mins. Mark Hurst’s long kick out was nodded on by Steven Ross, and while 2 defenders left the ball to each other, Marc McKenzie nipped in and took it round the keeper to score with ease from 6 yards. The lead did not last long though, because Queens equalised 10 mins later. A move down the Queens right and our defence’s inability to close them down saw the ball passed from Duggan to Liam Brown who cracked it high past Mark Hurst. At this point Queens were threatening to run riot. Their off the ball running from a footballing perspective was a joy to behold and City’s midfield and defence were really struggling to cope with them. But we did hold out and at half-time the score was level at 1-1.

The early part of the second half was mainly being contested in midfield and we were struggling to make any inroads towards the Queens Park goal. But with 30 mins to go and after a raft of substitutions, City finally appeared to waken up to what was happening and started to close Queens down much quicker that they had done up to that point. But that didn’t stop Sean Burns who got in a shot from distance and Mark Hurst did very well to hold on to the ball as it bounced just in front of him. But goalmouth incidents were few and far between and the game petered out with both teams apparently happy enough with a draw.

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