Report by George Hay
City made only one change from the game last week against Gala Fairydean Rovers with Thomas Reilly coming back into the side in place of Keiran Stewart who dropped to the bench.
Shane Sutherland and Chris Dodd were prominent for City in the early stages, both having efforts on goal which went past the post. The first yellow card of the game was shown to Fraser Mullen for two robust challenges in the space of a couple of minutes.
Just after, Mark Nicolson had an attempt on goal, but the Cowdenbeath keeper made the save. But City were not to be denied and following a good passing movement the ball reached Shane Sutherland. He very quickly fed Brian Cameron who advanced on the keeper and slotted the ball past him.
Chris Dodd was again in action testing the Cowdenbeath keeper who brought off a good save. But in 33 minutes, City went two up and a thing of beauty it was. Archie MacPhee got possession on the half way line and made a bee-line for the Blue Brazil goal. I think he evaded three challenges before unleashing a 20 yard grounder which didn’t stop until it hit the back of the net. There was nothing the Cowdenbeath keeper could do about it.
But Cowdenbeath were not out of the game at this stage, although most of their attempts on goal were from long range, and their shooting was not giving Marc in the City goal any worries. So 2-0 to City at half time, but maybe the margin should have been wider.
City started the second half on the offensive and Chris McLeish saw his attempt saved low down by the Cowdenbeath keeper. This signalled a significant pressure frmo the City with further attempts on the Cowdenbeath goal being thwarted by the goalkeeper.
Archie was next to have a go with a right foot shot which missed the left hand post by a whisker. This was closely followed by a 30yard shot from Brian Cameron which slipped agonisingly past. The game erupted in 70 minutes when Mark Nicolson was illegally stopped in his tracks after a mazy dribble. He took unbridge at the challenge and made a bee line for the Cowdenbeath hard man. In no time at all, most of the players were involved in what could have been a nasty situation, but common sense seemed to prevail and the referee calmed things down with 3 yellow cards issued. One to Mark Nicolson and two to Cowdenbeath players.
With 20 mins to go, City put on Daniel Moore for Chris Dodd followed 5 mins later with Gunny coming on for Chris McLeish. There were some close things in and around the Cowdenbeath goal and they were extremely lucky when Gunny got to the bye-line and squared it to Shane who contrived to smack the ball over the bar…….from about 6 yards out.
But 5 mins later the game was put to bed when Shane took a pass from Jamie Reid and beat the Cowdenbeath keeper from 30yds.
Elgin took on their final substitute when Keiran Stewart replaced Jamie Reid. I don’t know if City thought they had done enough, but The Blue Brazil decided to have a go with just a few minutes left and they reduced the deficit in the 87th minute. Following a corner the ball broke to Brian Ross who drove a low shot past Marc Waters.
This has to go down as City’s best home display of the season so far, and the home supporters today got a few glimpses of what our away form has been like recently.