Elgin City 1 - 0 Albion Rovers

Wednesday 9th May 2012
P Millar (53)

It's Millar time

Paul Millar scored the only goal of the game as Elgin beat 10-man Albion in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final.

Brian Cameron came close to giving the hosts an early lead but failed to beat Derek Gaston with a tame effort.

Both sides were restricted to speculative efforts as they struggled to find a breakthrough.

The visitors' chances of a result were somewhat reduced just before the half-hour mark when Michael O'Byrne saw red for his challenge on Millar.

And City made the advantage count in the 53rd minute when Millar rose highest to head home Daniel Moore's cross.

They went on the offensive after taking the lead but could not add to their tally as the Wee Rovers held firm to give themselves a chance in the return leg.

OfficialFrank McDermott
Attendance1,248
VenueBorough Briggs
Kick Off
Elgin City 0 - 0 Albion Rovers
0:13
Foul on Jack Werndly
0:21
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
1:38
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the right byline
2:02
Foul on Alexander Clark
2:08
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
3:37
Hand Ball taken by Daniel Moore
3:39
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
5:16
Foul on John Gemmell
5:21
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
5:45
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
6:02
Foul on John Gemmell
6:05
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
6:52
Shot taken by Brian Cameron with his right foot from the right penalty area
7:00
Save made by Derek Gaston
8:22
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
10:02
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot
10:16
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
11:01
Cross from Barry Russell
11:04
Clearance by Mark Durnan
11:32
Corner taken by Jamie Duff with his right foot from the right byline
11:44
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
11:59
Foul on Mark Durnan
12:03
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore from the left wing
12:31
Shot taken by David Niven from the centre penalty area
12:41
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
13:36
Shot taken by Paul Millar using his left foot
13:46
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
14:27
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the right byline
14:52
Clearance by David Niven
16:10
Foul on Craig Gunn
16:16
Free Kick taken by David Niven from the right wing
16:35
Shot taken by Paul Millar from the centre penalty area
16:42
Save made by Derek Gaston
18:15
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline
18:33
Clearance by Micheal O'Byrne
19:50
Cross from Daniel Moore
19:52
Save made by Derek Gaston
20:01
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
20:02
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
20:44
Foul on Paul Millar
20:50
BOOKING: Todd Lumsden of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
21:20
Free Kick taken by David Niven
21:25
Shot taken by Jack Werndly with his right foot
21:36
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
22:09
Foul on David Niven
22:14
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
22:38
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot from the centre penalty area
22:47
Block taken by Jamie Duff
22:51
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline
23:48
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot from the right penalty area
23:55
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
26:51
Cross from Daniel Moore
26:54
Save made by Derek Gaston
27:54
Foul on Paul Millar
28:07
DISMISSAL: Micheal O'Byrne of Albion Rovers sent off for professional foul
28:27
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
29:36
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Simon Marriott on for Jack Werndly
30:32
Foul on David Niven
30:35
Free Kick taken by Brian Cameron
33:37
Shot taken by Brian Cameron using his left foot
33:43
Block taken by Alan Reid
35:29
Cross from Craig Gunn
35:33
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
36:01
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
37:04
Cross from Craig Gunn
37:06
Clearance by Alan Reid
38:43
Cross from Brian Cameron
38:45
Clearance by Barry Russell
38:47
Corner taken by David Niven with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
39:01
Shot taken by Mark Durnan using his left foot from the centre penalty area
39:39
Foul on Daniel Moore
39:46
Free Kick taken by David Niven
40:22
Shot taken by Jamie Duff from the centre penalty area
42:41
Foul on Alan Reid
42:44
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
44:00
Shot taken by John Gemmell from the centre penalty area
44:10
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
45:00+0:45
Cross from Brian Cameron
45:00+0:50
Save made by Derek Gaston
45:00+1:17
Foul on Craig Gunn
45:00+1:22
Free Kick taken by Paul Millar from the right wing
Half Time
Elgin City 0 - 0 Albion Rovers
Second Half Started
Elgin City 0 - 0 Albion Rovers
46:26
Foul on Derek Gaston
46:29
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
49:00
Foul on John Gemmell
49:12
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
49:44
Corner taken by Daniel Moore with his right foot from the right byline
50:11
Shot taken by Jamie Duff from the left six yard line
50:20
Block taken by Alan Reid
50:23
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left byline
50:36
Clearance by Todd Lumsden
52:21
Shot taken by Paul Millar from the centre penalty area
52:21
Elgin City 1 - 0 Albion Rovers
GOAL scored by Paul Millar from the centre penalty area going centre high of the goal.
53:39
Shot taken by Craig Gunn using his left foot from the left penalty area
53:46
Block taken by Todd Lumsden
53:55
Shot taken by Paul Millar from the centre penalty area
56:32
Foul on Daniel Moore
56:42
Free Kick taken by Jamie Duff
56:53
BOOKING: Alan Reid of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
57:28
Foul on John Gemmell
57:36
Free Kick taken by Daniel Ferry
57:53
BOOKING: Mark Nicolson of Elgin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
58:39
Shot taken by Todd Lumsden from the centre penalty area
58:45
Save made by Alexander Clark
59:42
Shot taken by Paul Millar from the centre penalty area
59:54
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
61:46
Corner taken by Brian Cameron with his right foot from the right byline
63:11
Cross from Stuart Leslie
63:17
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
64:09
Foul on Stuart Leslie
64:14
Free Kick taken by David Niven
64:42
Corner taken by Daniel Moore with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
64:53
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
64:55
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline
65:20
Shot taken by Jamie Duff from the centre penalty area
65:41
Goal Kick taken by Alan Reid
66:04
Cross from Brian Cameron
66:08
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
66:13
Corner taken by Stuart Leslie with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
67:43
Corner taken by Daniel Moore with his right foot from the right byline
68:22
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Sean Pierce on for Robert Love
70:39
Foul on Daniel Moore
70:46
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
71:03
BOOKING: Barry Russell of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
71:14
Cross from Daniel Moore
71:16
Shot taken by Paul Millar from the centre penalty area
71:21
Save made by Derek Gaston
72:00
Substitution for Elgin City: Jason Crooks on for Paul Millar
73:29
Offside flag raised against Craig Gunn
73:30
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
74:22
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
76:25
Foul on David Niven
76:31
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
77:42
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
78:46
Corner taken by Ciaran Donnelly with his right foot from the right byline
79:05
Clearance by David Niven
79:19
Shot taken by Simon Marriott using his left foot
79:32
Substitution for Elgin City: Ross O'Donoghue on for Stuart Leslie
80:34
Offside flag raised against Brian Cameron
80:35
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
80:59
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
81:20
Cross from Archie MacPhee
81:22
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
81:32
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
82:36
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
82:59
Cross from Craig Gunn
83:02
Clearance by Todd Lumsden
83:05
Corner taken by Archie MacPhee with his right foot from the right byline
83:31
Save made by Derek Gaston
90:00+3:29
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
90:00+4:47
BOOKING: Sean Pierce of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
90:00+5:35
Cross from Archie MacPhee
90:00+5:38
Clearance by Todd Lumsden
Full Time
Elgin City 1 - 0 Albion Rovers

Elgin City

vs

Albion Rovers

1
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
15
Shots
6
7
On Target
2
8
Off Target
4
12
Crosses
1
12
Corners
3
16
Throw Ins
2
1
Saves
7
3
Clearances
10
10
Goal Kicks
9
1
Blocks
3
14
Free Kicks
10
2
Offside
1
1
Hand Balls
0
1
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
1

Elgin City

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alexander Clark
02.David Niven
03.Jamie Duff
04.Mark Nicolson (58+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Mark Durnan
06.Brian Cameron
07.Stuart Leslie 80+0' Tactical
08.Alex Cooper
09.Daniel Moore
10.Craig Gunn
11.Paul Millar 72+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.John Calder
13.Archie MacPhee
14.Ross O'Donoghue 80+0' Tactical
15.Graeme Beveridge
16.Jason Crooks 72+0' Tactical

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Derek Gaston
02.Barry Russell (72+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Alan Reid (57+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Ciaran Donnelly
05.Micheal O'Byrne (29+0: Professional Foul)
06.Todd Lumsden (21+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Daniel Ferry
08.Jack Werndly 30+0' Tactical
09.Ryan McStay
10.Robert Love 69+0' Tactical
11.John Gemmell

Substitutes

12.James Gilmartin
13.Simon Marriott 30+0' Tactical
14.Larry Acqua
15.Scott Chaplain
16.Sean Pierce (90+5: Unsporting behaviour) 69+0' Tactical

Wilson waylaid for City

Elgin will be without player-assistant manager Barry Wilson due to a hamstring injury as they host Albion in the Scottish Second Division play-offs.

Skipper Paul Kaczan remains sidelined with a groin problem, while Daniel Moore is expected take a place on the substitutes' bench for the first leg of the semi-finals.

Mark Nicholson, Brain Cameron and Craig Gunn return to contention after being rested for Saturday's 3-1 victory over Queens Park.

Black and Whites boss Ross Jack said: "There is a real sense of anticipation but we have to tread carefully as Albion Rovers are a very well organised side who will be battling for their lives.

"Our aim has to be to gain an advantage to take to the second leg."

Albion make the long trip north without the suspended midfield pair of Chris Boyle and Tony Stevenson.

Influential striker John Gemmell is also expected to miss out due to work commitments.

Wee Rovers manager Paul Martin has urged his players to be positive, saying: "At the start of the season we were clear favourites to be relegated but we avoided the drop so we have had a successful season so far.

"Elgin will be buoyant at making the play-offs for the first time but we have no reason to be heading there with negative thoughts.

"They will be backed by a big crowd but we have positive play-off experience from last season that we can use to our benefit."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 36 39 71
2 Arbroath 36 25 63
3 Dumbarton 36 0 58
4 Airdrieonians 36 8 52
5 Stenhousemuir 36 5 51
6 East Fife 36 -2 48
7 Up Forfar Athletic 36 -13 42
8 Down Brechin City 36 -15 41
9 Albion Rovers 36 -23 37
10 Stirling Albion 36 -24 34

Updated 5/05/2012 at 17:10

 

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