Report: Forfar Athletic 3-2 Elgin City

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Report by George Hay

City started with the same team as last game against Arbroath.

It was a game of two halves. City were much the superior team in the first half and should have went in a half-time with a lead of more than one goal.

Early play was in midfield with neither team creating any chances of note. Chris McLeish needed the physio’s attention when he was fouled early on, but he recovered after treatment. Shane spotted the Forfar keeper off his line and fire a shot in from 45 yards, but the keeper regained his ground and made a straightforward save.

A lovely passing movement involving some City players led to the opening goal in 34 minutes. The ball eventually reached Chris McLeish and he wasted no time in cracking the ball past the Forfar keeper. Another City move saw a Gunny header go just over the bar. But Forfar equalised in 39 minutes and a great goal it was. There didn’t seem to be any danger when the ball arrived at the feet of number 6 but he hit an unstoppable shot past Cammy McKay.

But City hit back again almost on half time. I think it was a magnificent cross field pass from Thomas Reilly to Gunny. He outpaced the full back and cut the ball back to Chris McLeish who wasted no time in shooting past the Forfar keeper. So it was 2-1 to the City at half time.

Archie MacPhee last the ball in a challenge. The ball was played forward where we had a couple of defenders, but neither of them managed to take the ball from Peters who the went on and sclaffed a shot past Cammy McKay.

This seemed to give Forfar some confidence and drained some away from City.

Chris McLeish then had a 20 yard shot which had “Goaaal” written all over it, until the Forfar keeper threw himself at the ball and somehow managed to touch it over the bar.

Forfar then went into the lead and this time it was a good goal, but again we didn’t get any real challenges in the build up. After this Forfar decided to shut up shop and settle for what they had. We huffed and puffed, took on a couple of substitutes, but to no avail.

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