Elgin City 1 - 2 Stranraer

Saturday 31st March 2012
A MacPhee (58)M Moore (67)
S Stirling (74)

Victory for the Blues

Second-placed Stranraer came from behind to beat fourth-placed Elgin 2-1.

Martin Grehan came closest to breaking the deadlock in a goalless first half, but saw his 32nd-minute header bounce back off the crossbar.

Archibald Macphee fired Elgin into the lead in the 58th minute. His spot-kick was parried by Stranraer goalkeeper David Mitchell, but he pounced quickest to lash the rebound into the roof of the net.

Stranraer levelled nine minutes later through Michael Moore. The half-time substitute collected Sean Winter's left-wing cross and fired past Alexander Clark to make it 1-1.

Stephen Stirling won the game for his side in the 74th minute, receiving David McGregor's cross to fire in low from 12 yards.

OfficialGreg Aitken
Attendance685
VenueBorough Briggs
Kick Off
Elgin City 0 - 0 Stranraer
1:42
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
2:28
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the centre penalty area
2:36
Save made by Alexander Clark
4:32
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot from the centre penalty area
4:45
Save made by Alexander Clark
4:48
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
4:57
Clearance by Alexander Clark
5:20
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
5:49
Foul on Frank McKeown
5:54
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
6:24
Cross from Daniel Moore
6:26
Block taken by Scott Taggart
6:29
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
6:59
Foul on Jamie Duff
7:05
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
10:25
Offside flag raised against Craig Malcolm
10:27
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
11:23
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
14:14
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot
15:01
Cross from Sean Winter
15:03
Clearance by Mark Nicolson
16:03
Shot taken by Alex Cooper with his right foot
16:14
Clearance by Frank McKeown
16:32
Offside flag raised against Sean Winter
16:34
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
17:22
Cross from Paul McMullan
17:26
Clearance by Zakaria Belkouche
17:28
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left byline
18:07
Cross from Daniel Moore
18:09
Clearance by Zakaria Belkouche
18:45
Shot taken by Sean Winter with his right foot from the right penalty area
18:54
Save made by Alexander Clark
18:59
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
19:44
Shot taken by Jason Crooks using his left foot from the right penalty area
20:01
Save made by David Mitchell
20:04
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline
20:41
Shot taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot
20:54
Save made by Alexander Clark
20:58
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
22:02
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
22:53
Shot taken by Jason Crooks with his right foot from the centre penalty area
23:02
Block taken by Scott Taggart
23:32
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot
23:44
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
24:05
Foul on Mark Nicolson
24:09
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
24:47
Cross from Scott Taggart
24:57
Save made by Alexander Clark
26:01
Cross from Martin Grehan
26:03
Block taken by David Niven
27:15
Foul on Brian Cameron
27:19
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
27:40
Shot taken by Jason Crooks using his left foot from the centre penalty area
27:48
Save made by David Mitchell
28:10
Cross from Christopher Aitken
28:20
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
28:36
Clearance by Brian Cameron
29:58
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
30:13
Save made by Alexander Clark
30:55
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
31:15
Clearance by Alex Cooper
31:28
Shot taken by Martin Grehan from the centre penalty area
32:01
Save made by Alexander Clark
32:04
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
32:17
Foul on Jamie Duff
32:22
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
33:33
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
36:07
Shot taken by Ryan Borris with his right foot
36:16
Save made by Alexander Clark
36:19
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline
37:44
Foul on Zakaria Belkouche
37:48
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
39:19
Foul on Alex Cooper
39:23
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
40:28
Cross from Paul McMullan
40:31
Save made by David Mitchell
42:16
Foul on Stephen Stirling
42:20
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
42:44
Shot taken by Sean Winter from the centre penalty area
42:51
Save made by Alexander Clark
43:57
Cross from Paul McMullan
44:02
Shot taken by Brian Cameron from the centre penalty area
44:26
Foul on Alex Cooper
44:30
Free Kick taken by Archie MacPhee
45:00+0:01
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
Half Time
Elgin City 0 - 0 Stranraer
45:01
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for Martin Grehan
Second Half Started
Elgin City 0 - 0 Stranraer
45:49
Foul on Alex Cooper
45:55
Free Kick taken by David Niven from the right wing
46:08
Cross from Daniel Moore
46:11
Save made by David Mitchell
46:23
Foul on Scott Taggart
46:28
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken from the right wing
47:01
Cross from David Niven
47:03
Clearance by Scott Taggart
49:03
Foul on Stephen Stirling
49:10
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
49:38
Cross from David MacGregor
49:40
Save made by Alexander Clark
50:16
Foul on Stephen Stirling
50:21
BOOKING: Alex Cooper of Elgin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
50:35
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
51:15
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot from the centre penalty area
51:21
Block taken by Frank McKeown
51:53
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
52:20
Shot taken by Michael Moore from the centre penalty area
52:32
Save made by Alexander Clark
52:46
Foul on Mark Nicolson
52:50
Free Kick taken by Paul McMullan
53:12
Offside flag raised against Craig Gunn
53:13
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
54:06
Shot taken by Alex Cooper using his left foot
54:16
Clearance by Zakaria Belkouche
54:18
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
54:57
Save made by David Mitchell
55:36
Foul on Daniel Moore
56:59
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Archie MacPhee and saved using his left foot going centre low
56:59
Save made by David Mitchell
57:08
Shot taken by Archie MacPhee with his right foot from the left six yard line
57:08
Elgin City 1 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Archie MacPhee with his right foot from the left six yard line going centre high of the goal.
57:57
Substitution for Elgin City: Stuart Leslie on for Brian Cameron
63:47
Shot taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot from the centre penalty area
63:56
Save made by Alexander Clark
64:09
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
66:24
Shot taken by Michael Moore using his left foot from the centre penalty area
66:24
Elgin City 1 - 1 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Michael Moore using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
67:11
Substitution for Elgin City: Paul Millar on for Paul McMullan
67:47
Cross from Scott Taggart
67:51
Clearance by Alex Cooper
67:58
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
68:27
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
69:11
Cross from Ryan Borris
69:13
Clearance by Jamie Duff
69:21
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot
69:32
Save made by Alexander Clark
69:38
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
70:11
Offside flag raised against Craig Malcolm
70:17
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
70:52
Offside flag raised against Michael Moore
70:54
Free Kick taken by Archie MacPhee
71:58
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
73:20
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling using his left foot from the left penalty area
73:20
Elgin City 1 - 2 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Stephen Stirling using his left foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
74:33
Foul on Michael Moore
74:36
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
75:36
Shot taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot
75:47
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
77:03
Shot taken by Paul Millar using his left foot
77:15
Block taken by Zakaria Belkouche
77:24
Offside flag raised against Michael Moore
77:25
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
77:35
Substitution for Elgin City: Barry Wilson on for Jason Crooks
78:15
Foul on David MacGregor
78:22
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
80:41
Shot taken by Michael Moore using his left foot from the left penalty area
80:52
Substitution for Stranraer: Nathan Shepherd on for Ryan Borris
81:52
Foul on Alex Cooper
82:04
BOOKING: Frank McKeown of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
82:16
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
82:51
Shot taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot
83:09
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
83:13
Foul on David Niven
83:18
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
84:10
Shot taken by Alex Cooper using his left foot
84:56
Foul on Jamie Duff
85:00
Free Kick taken by Barry Wilson from the right wing
85:56
Cross from Daniel Moore
85:58
Clearance by Frank McKeown
86:00
Corner taken by Barry Wilson with his right foot from the left byline
86:27
Save made by David Mitchell
86:48
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
87:01
Foul on Mark Nicolson
87:06
Free Kick taken by Barry Wilson
87:28
Foul on Zakaria Belkouche
87:34
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
89:05
Cross from Sean Winter
89:07
Clearance by Jamie Duff
90:00+0:35
Substitution for Stranraer: John Kane on for Scott Taggart
90:00+2:17
Shot taken by Archie MacPhee with his right foot
90:00+2:38
Save made by David Mitchell
Full Time
Elgin City 1 - 2 Stranraer

Elgin City

vs

Stranraer

1
Goals
2
0
Assists
2
13
Shots
15
7
On Target
11
6
Off Target
4
8
Crosses
8
4
Corners
11
15
Throw Ins
18
13
Saves
8
7
Clearances
6
7
Goal Kicks
7
1
Blocks
4
17
Free Kicks
10
1
Offside
5
1
Penalties
0
1
Yellow Cards
1

Elgin City

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alexander Clark
02.David Niven
03.Jamie Duff
04.Paul McMullan 68+0' Tactical
05.Archie MacPhee
06.Mark Nicolson
07.Alex Cooper (51+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Brian Cameron 58+0' Tactical
09.Daniel Moore
10.Jason Crooks 78+0' Tactical
11.Craig Gunn

Substitutes

12.John Calder
13.Paul Millar 68+0' Tactical
14.Barry Wilson 78+0' Tactical
15.Graeme Beveridge
16.Stuart Leslie 58+0' Tactical

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

01.David Mitchell
02.Scott Taggart 90+1' Tactical
04.David MacGregor
05.Frank McKeown (83+0: Unsporting behaviour)
15.Zakaria Belkouche
06.Christopher Aitken
07.Sean Winter
08.Stephen Stirling
16.Ryan Borris 81+0' Tactical
09.Craig Malcolm
10.Martin Grehan 45+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Ryan Marshall
13.Nathan Shepherd 81+0' Tactical
14.John Kane 90+1' Tactical
15.Michael Moore 45+0' Tactical
16.Stuart McColm

Elgin hope to close the gap

Elgin will pull within two points of Stranraer in the Third Division play-off race if they beat their guests at Borough Briggs, and their hopes have been boosted by the return of Jamie Duff and David Niven from suspension.

However, Mark Durnan serves the second game of a ban, Paul Kaczan is ruled out with a back injury and Ross O'Donoghue's knee problem keeps him out.

Manager Ross Jack, who will finalise his side after fitness tests on Stuart Leslie and Paul Millar, said: "This is a huge game for us in terms of our play-off hopes and chances of climbing the table.

"If that was not motivation enough, Stranraer are the only side we have not beaten this season and it would be great to complete the set."

Second-placed Stranraer are without midfielder Steven Noble because of a back injury for their long trip north.

Blues full-back Grant Gallagher is also missing with an ankle problem and Stair Park manager Keith Knox has signed French youngster Zakaria Belkouche as cover after he impressed at training.

Knox said: "We are not giving up on the title until it is mathematically impossible and there is a sequence of results that could see us make the play-offs after this game.

"We have to play our part by winning which will not be easy as Elgin have been strong at home all season. They will also fancy closing the gap so it should be a good game."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Alloa Athletic 31 27 69
2 Stranraer 31 28 58
3 Queen's Park 31 19 54
4 Elgin City 31 13 50
5 Annan Athletic 31 4 44
6 Berwick Rangers 31 -2 40
7 Peterhead 31 -11 38
8 Montrose 31 -24 29
9 Clyde 31 -12 27
10 East Stirlingshire 31 -42 21

Updated 31/03/2012 at 17:08

 

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