Our newest recruit David Brownlie from Ross County came straight into the City starting line-up wearing the number 5 shirt and lined up in central defence alongside Darryl McHardy.
Marc Waters who had a very good game last week against ICT was left out in favour of Cammy Mackay. The rest of our line-up was along the usual lines.
The first 10 or so minutes were played mainly in midfield, with Elgin trying hard to keep possession with some crisp passing, but Edinburgh were extremely stuffy. Chris McLeish had Elgin’s first meaningful effort on goal, but his well struck shot was saved by Antell in the Edinburgh goal.
David Brownlie was next to have a go, but his fierce left footed effort was charged down. But Elgin opened the scoring after 15 minutes when Chris McLeish passed to a waiting Shane Sutherland who very calmly fired it past Antell.
Two minutes later and City almost increased their lead when a Brian Cameron shot was well saved by Antell. There was a break in proceedings of about 5 minutes when a mistimed tackle on Dean Cummings led to him being unable to carry on and he was replaced by Craig Beattie.
Thomas Reilly was next to have a go on goal, but his long range shot was just wide. Elgin doubled their lead with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. Chris McLeish released Daniel Moore down the left wing with a great pass. Daniel had a quick look up and gave a slide rule pass to Shane who gave Antell no chance with a cool and crisp finish. Half-time score then was 2-0 to Elgin.
Chris Dodd had the first attempt on goal in the second half but his shot was just over the bar as was Chris McLeish’s effort just past the post. There followed a series of goal attempts from Shane and the two Chris’s, all of which were blocked by some desperate defending. But Edinburgh caught Elgin out with 20 minutes to go when Josh Walker fed Craig Beattie, who, from the right hand side of the box cooly found the net on the opposite side.
But Elgin stretched their lead to 2 goals again with a penalty kick. Shane was tackled in the box and went down. Initially the referee didn’t award Elgin anything, but his assistant signalled to him that a foul had been committed on Shane.
Shane, was of course on a hat-trick and took the penalty himself, firing it low and hard past the Edinburgh keeper. This was Shane’s third hat-trick of the season. There was a raft of substitutions from both sides in the final quarter which led to a period of broken play and the game petered out with no furthered scoring leaving Elgin the winners by 3 goals to 1.