Report by George Hay
Well, I hear you all say “Where did that performance come from”?? To the fans who were at Ochilview today, (and there was an excellent turnout), it was kind of obvious. It was achieved by some excellent football, and some hard work from everyone in an Elgin City jersey.
Jim Weir made changes to last weeks selection, leaving out Craig Gunn, Stevie Ross and Darryl McHardy. Their places were taken by Kyle MacLeod, Dylan Easton, back after his controversial 2 game ban, and Daniel Moore.
City started much the livelier and went ahead after 7 minutes. A cross ball from Thomas Reilly was not cleared by the Shire defence and Brian Cameron stepped forward with the ball and swept it past the Shire keeper. A great start, and one which seemed to set the team up for the rest of the game. Marc McKenzie was next to have a go, but his shot from distance was just too high. He had another attempt on goal minutes later, but this time his goal attempt was saved by the Shire keeper.
City were playing a brand of football we hadn’t seen for many weeks. Their passing was a delight to watch and their closing down of the Shire front men and midfield was great to see. Dylan and Marc were proving troublesome to the Shire defence and Kyle Macleod’s work rate and ability to compete in the air with them was not giving them a minutes peace. City went 2 up after 27 mins. Dylan hit the post with a rasping shot, and when the ball rebounded into play, it was picked up by Daniel Moore who sent over a delightful cross. Dylan shouted to Kyle to leave it and then finished the move off by volleying the ball home. Marc and Dylan were next to have attempts on goal, with the keeper saving Dylan’s effort. City were streets ahead of Shire and could have easily added to their two goal lead.
City carried on from where they had left off in the first half, and in the early part of the second half could easily have scored another couple, but for the efforts of the Shire keeper and his defence. Dylan, Soapy, Marc and Kyle were literally taking it in turn to have a go at the Shire goal, but still that decisive third goal would not come. Shire were coming a bit more into the game probably encouraged by City’s inability to score that third goal.
But in 75 mins that was put to right with a beeper of a goal. Brian and Dylan exchanged passes some 25 yards out and Brian then hit a stunning grounder which gave the Shire keeper no chance. With 10 mins to go and the game won, City introduced Connor McLaren and Stevie Ross in place of Marc McKenzie and Dylan Easton and 5 mins later put on Craig Gunn for Kyle MacLeod. All 3 of the players substituted had run their hearts out and given their opponents no peace whatsoever. Well done you 3. The game then just petered out with the City holding all the aces and the final score remaining at 3-0