Report: Elgin City 4-1 Arbroath

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Report by George HayNot surprisingly, Jim Weir named the same starting XI as the week before against the Shire. We won the toss and elected to kick toward the Leisure Centre.
City appeared to be well up for the game and pushed Arbroath back right from the start. Similar to last week we took an early lead when Marc Mckenzie’s shot was charged down by the Red Lichties defence. The ball was picked up by Brian Cameron who chipped a delightful cross back into the box, where it was met by Kyle MacLeod who guided it into the net with a close range header.

Arbroath came close to an equaliser when Matty Cooper was caught out by a through ball, but the final shot was way over the bar. A good City passing movement between Dylan and Daniel saw Thomas Reilly’s shot at goal go narrowly past. A piece of Dylan trickery then set up Marc McKenzie, but with only the keeper to beat he shot over. But a second goal was only delayed, and when Brian Cameron burst into the Arbroath penalty box he was unceremoniously dumped by Andy Munro. Brian got to his feet, dusted himself down and despatched the ball past Allan Fleming in the Arbroath goal. So at half-time City were 2 goals to the good.

Brian Cameron was first to show in the second half and after a strong run he cut the ball back to Daniel Moore who put in a shot with his weaker right root, which was easily collected by Fleming. At this point it was obvious that the Arbroath defence was flying distress signals for various reasons. The unselfish running of Kyle MacLeod and Marc Mackenzie. The trickery of Dylan Easton and the industry of Brian Cameron and Thomas Reilly being the main factors. Twenty minutes into the second half and City went further ahead. This time it was a pinpoint cross from Matty Cooper which found Brian Cameron’s head and the ball simply flew into the Arbroath net. Shortly after this Kyle Macleod and Marc Mackenzie were withdrawn and replaced by Craig Gunn and Connor Mclaren.

There was nearly a shout for a penalty when Brian Cameron mistimed a challenge, but the referee thought otherwise. City then broke up the field and Gunny had a 1 on 1 with the Arbroath keeper. This time the keeper won the challenge. With 7 mins left Steven Ross replaced Dylan Easton. But Arbroath reduced the leeway with 5 mins left when Josh Skelly nipped in and beat Mark Hurst with a good shot. Twiggy was next to have a go for City and his well struck free kick was saved at the expense of a corner.

But the last word in the game was had by Craig Gunn who collected a clearance wide left. He hit a magnificent chip shot which beat Fleming in the Arbroath goal all ends up. So the game finished at 4-1 to City and a well deserved 2nd place in the league.

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