Elgin City 2 - 6 Rangers

Saturday 22nd December 2012
D Moore (18)
M Nicolson (32)
A Little (5, 24)
L McCulloch (41, 60)
L Macleod (64)
K Hutton (83)

Duo bag braces as Rangers romp

Andy Little and Lee McCulloch helped themselves to two goals each as Rangers thrashed Elgin 6-2 and moved nine points clear with a game in hand at the top of the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Lewis Macleod and Kyle Hutton also claimed a goal apiece against Elgin, while Daniel Moore and Mark Nicolson found the net for the home side in an entertaining top-of-the-table tussle at Borough Briggs.

The clash between the two clubs should have been played on November 25 but was postponed then after Elgin sold too many tickets.

The blunder earned the Moray outfit a #25,000 fine from the Scottish Football League, while chairman Graham Tatters was fined #1,000 by the Scottish Football Association earlier this week.

With the fixture finally under way, Rangers were clearly keen to make up for lost time and took the lead after five minutes.

Little collected a neat pass through the middle from David Templeton before rounding goalkeeper John Gibson and slotting into the back of the net.

Elgin were back on level terms with 17 minutes on the clock when the ball broke for Moore and he sent an impressive curling effort past the reach of Neil Alexander.

Rangers restored their lead after 24 minutes when Little grabbed his second of the day.

Templeton was again the provider with the cut-back and all that was required was a simple tap-in from the Northern Ireland international.

Again, the home side responded positively with a goal of their own.

Chris Hegarty was booked for a foul on David Niven on the edge of the box and Nicolson dispatched a superb swerving free-kick into the top corner with 32 minutes gone.

Elgin could have added to their tally when Brian Cameron unleashed a decent strike but Alexander was able to smother.

Instead, it was Rangers who had the net bulging again four minues before the break.

Little collected from Hutton before supplying the cross for McCulloch to lash home in off the crossbar.

Rangers made a change at the break when Anestis Argyriou was replaced by Ross Perry.

Elgin looked dangerous after the restart and Craig Gunn squandered the chance to find the net when he blasted over after Alexander spilled the ball.

McCulloch - back in a forward role after a recent spell in defence - was on target again when he raced onto a Templeton ball and fired across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner after 60 minutes.

Macleod added his name to the scoresheet four minutes later with a powerful, low strike from just inside the box.

Rangers threw Robbie Crawford into the action for Templeton and the youngster almost claimed a goal of his own within a couple of minutes when he forced Gibson into a great save.

Hutton put the gloss on the win when he rifled home from 20 yards after 83 minutes, before Alexander denied Moore from the penalty spot two minutes later after Hutton brought down Stuart Leslie.

OfficialBrian Colvin
Attendance3,448
VenueBorough Briggs
Kick Off
Elgin City 0 - 0 Rangers
1:15
Cross from Barrie McKay
1:25
Clearance by Sean Crighton
2:34
Goal Kick taken by Fraser Aird
3:22
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
3:29
Clearance by Mark Nicolson
4:09
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the right six yard line
4:09
Elgin City 0 - 1 Rangers
GOAL scored by Andrew Little using his left foot from the right six yard line going centre low of the goal.
5:36
Foul on David Templeton
5:48
Free Kick taken by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
6:50
Offside flag raised against David Templeton
6:52
Free Kick taken by John Gibson
9:43
Foul on Kyle Hutton
9:49
Free Kick taken by Christopher Hegarty
9:50
BOOKING: Paul Harkins of Elgin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
10:38
Foul on Stuart Leslie
10:45
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
10:59
Shot taken by Mark Nicolson with his right foot from the centre penalty area
11:13
Block taken by Lee Wallace
13:38
Foul on Brian Cameron
13:42
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
14:14
Cross from Daniel Moore
14:22
Save made by Fraser Aird
16:27
Offside flag raised against Lee McCulloch
16:30
Free Kick taken by John Gibson
17:11
Shot taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot
17:11
Elgin City 1 - 1 Rangers
GOAL scored by Daniel Moore using his left foot to the bottom right of the goal.
20:57
Corner taken by Daniel Moore with his right foot from the right byline
21:09
Shot taken by Sean Crighton from the centre penalty area
21:28
Goal Kick taken by Fraser Aird
21:38
Foul on Sanchez Emilson Cribari
21:42
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
22:18
Offside flag raised against Barrie McKay
22:19
Free Kick taken by John Gibson
23:19
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the right six yard line
23:19
Elgin City 1 - 2 Rangers
GOAL scored by Andrew Little using his left foot from the right six yard line to the bottom right of the goal.
26:29
Shot taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot
26:39
Block taken by David Niven
27:34
Foul on Stuart Leslie
27:40
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore from the left wing
28:34
Foul on Lewis Macleod
28:44
Free Kick taken by Lewis Macleod
29:02
Foul on Lewis Macleod
29:16
Free Kick taken by Fraser Aird
29:34
BOOKING: Sean Crighton of Elgin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
30:35
Foul on David Niven
30:43
BOOKING: Christopher Hegarty of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
31:03
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
31:37
Shot taken by Mark Nicolson with his right foot
31:37
Elgin City 2 - 2 Rangers
GOAL scored by Mark Nicolson with his right foot to the top left of the goal.
34:54
Shot taken by Brian Cameron with his right foot from the right penalty area
35:05
Save made by Fraser Aird
35:39
Foul on Anestis Argyriou
35:43
Free Kick taken by Lewis Macleod
36:26
Cross from Mark Nicolson
36:34
Clearance by Lewis Macleod
36:39
Corner taken by Lewis Macleod with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
36:52
Save made by John Gibson
39:18
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
39:28
Offside flag raised against Anestis Argyriou
39:30
Free Kick taken by John Gibson
40:29
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the centre penalty area
40:29
Elgin City 2 - 3 Rangers
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
43:17
Shot taken by Stuart Leslie with his right foot from the right penalty area
43:29
Goal Kick taken by Fraser Aird
44:44
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
Half Time
Elgin City 2 - 3 Rangers
45:01
Substitution for Rangers: Ross Perry on for Anestis Argyriou
Second Half Started
Elgin City 2 - 3 Rangers
46:44
Foul on Dennis Wyness
46:52
Free Kick taken by Ross O'Donoghue
47:07
Shot taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot
47:21
Block taken by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
48:03
Foul on Stuart Leslie
48:10
Free Kick taken by David Niven
49:43
Cross from Lee Wallace
49:56
Block taken by David Niven
50:03
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right byline
51:13
Cross from Craig Gunn
51:19
Clearance by Andrew Little
54:56
Cross from Andrew Little
55:02
Clearance by Sean Crighton
55:41
Shot taken by David Templeton using his left foot
55:55
Save made by John Gibson
56:57
Shot taken by Andrew Little from the centre penalty area
57:12
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
58:16
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot from the centre penalty area
58:35
Goal Kick taken by Fraser Aird
59:26
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area
59:26
Elgin City 2 - 4 Rangers
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area to the top left of the goal.
61:18
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the left byline
61:52
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
63:02
Shot taken by Lewis Macleod with his right foot
63:02
Elgin City 2 - 5 Rangers
GOAL scored by Lewis Macleod with his right foot to the top right of the goal.
64:11
Offside flag raised against Mark Nicolson
64:13
Free Kick taken by Fraser Aird
65:30
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area
65:44
Block taken by Brian Cameron
65:47
Corner taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right byline
66:13
Shot taken by Lee Wallace from the centre penalty area
68:25
Cross from Daniel Moore
68:31
Clearance by Lee Wallace
69:01
Substitution for Rangers: Robert Crawford on for David Templeton
69:22
Substitution for Elgin City: Graeme Beveridge on for Dennis Wyness
71:31
Shot taken by Ross Perry with his right foot
71:42
Save made by John Gibson
71:53
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right byline
72:20
Shot taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right penalty area
72:32
Block taken by David Niven
72:35
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
72:54
Shot taken by Christopher Hegarty from the centre penalty area
73:06
Save made by John Gibson
73:16
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch from the centre penalty area
73:36
Save made by John Gibson
74:45
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
75:03
Foul on Kyle Hutton
75:08
Free Kick taken by Lewis Macleod
75:55
Shot taken by Ross Perry with his right foot
76:10
Block taken by Mark Nicolson
77:59
Shot taken by Christopher Hegarty with his right foot
78:18
Substitution for Rangers: Francesco Stella on for Lewis Macleod
79:40
Offside flag raised against Ross Perry
79:44
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
81:07
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right byline
81:44
Shot taken by Francesco Stella from the right penalty area
81:54
Save made by John Gibson
82:29
Shot taken by Kyle Hutton with his right foot
82:29
Elgin City 2 - 6 Rangers
GOAL scored by Kyle Hutton with his right foot to the top right of the goal.
83:25
Substitution for Elgin City: Paul McMullan on for Paul Harkins
84:00+0:52
Corner taken by Paul McMullan with his right foot from the right byline
84:06
Foul on Stuart Leslie
84:55
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Daniel Moore and saved using his left foot to the bottom right
84:55
Save made by Fraser Aird
85:39
Shot taken by Brian Cameron with his right foot
85:51
Save made by Fraser Aird
86:38
BOOKING: Daniel Moore of Elgin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
89:05
Goal Kick taken by Fraser Aird
89:33
Foul on Francesco Stella
89:37
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
90:00+0:28
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
Full Time
Elgin City 2 - 6 Rangers

Elgin City

vs

Rangers

2
Goals
6
2
Assists
5
9
Shots
18
6
On Target
13
3
Off Target
5
4
Crosses
4
2
Corners
7
20
Throw Ins
10
6
Saves
4
3
Clearances
3
6
Goal Kicks
5
5
Blocks
2
11
Free Kicks
9
1
Offside
5
1
Penalties
0
3
Yellow Cards
1

Elgin City

Formation: 3-5-2

01.John Gibson
04.Sean Crighton (30+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.David Niven
10.Mark Nicolson
03.Paul Harkins (10+0: Unsporting behaviour) 84+0' Tactical
06.Brian Cameron
07.Craig Gunn
08.Ross O'Donoghue
11.Daniel Moore (87+0: Unsporting behaviour)
02.Dennis Wyness 70+0' Tactical
09.Stuart Leslie

Substitutes

21.Joe Malin
12.Paul McMullan 84+0' Tactical
16.Darryl McHardy
14.Graeme Beveridge 70+0' Tactical
15.Paul Millar

Rangers

Formation: 4-3-3

02.Anestis Argyriou 45+0' Tactical
03.Christopher Hegarty (31+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Sanchez Emilson Cribari
05.Lee Wallace
01.Fraser Aird
07.Andrew Little
08.Kyle Hutton
09.David Templeton 70+0' Injury
10.Lewis Macleod 79+0' Tactical
06.Lee McCulloch
11.Barrie McKay

Substitutes

21.Blair Currie
16.Ross Perry 45+0' Tactical
14.Francesco Stella 79+0' Tactical
15.Robert Crawford 70+0' Injury
12.Kal Naismith

Last 5 Meetings

Captain back for historic clash

Elgin City welcome back skipper David Niven from a one-game ban as they host Rangers for the first time in their history, a match that was re-arranged following last month's ticketing fiasco.

The Borough Briggs side have a major doubt over defender Jamie Duff who suffered a knee injury against Queen's Park last Saturday and having not trained this week manager Ross Jack rates his chances of facing the League leaders as 'slim.'

Jack said: "We are going into the game on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run and I cannot ask for any more than that.

"Rangers have started to pick up wins away from home but we have hope that we can score against them and if we can score then we can win."

Rangers are boosted by the return of Emilson Cribari and Sebastien Faure.

Cribari (calf) and Faure (hernia) have both recovered from their respective injuries and come into contention for the lunchtime encounter at Borough Briggs.

Dean Shiels (ankle) is unlikely to make the trip north but Kevin Kyle could feature after missing the midweek win over Annan with a knock, while Lee Wallace is also set to be available after the club appealed his red card.

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Rangers 15 31 36
2 Elgin City 16 6 27
3 Queen's Park 14 6 23
4 Montrose 16 -1 23
5 Peterhead 16 0 22
6 Berwick Rangers 15 -2 19
7 Up Annan Athletic 16 -7 17
8 Down Clyde 14 -6 16
9 East Stirlingshire 15 -16 14
10 Stirling Albion 15 -11 13

Updated 22/12/2012 at 16:56