|16th December 2017||15:00||GeoSonic Lowland League||2017-18|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|East Kilbride FC||0||1||1||Draw|
East Stirlingshire were held to a 1-1 draw by East Kilbride in what proved to be a tightly contested affair at Ochilview Park on Saturday.
The two teams came into the match in contrasting form, with the Shire chasing a fifth consecutive win, while Kilby were looking to respond to their disappointing loss to Edinburgh University last time out.
However, the Shire started on the front foot with forwards Paul Sludden and Andrew Rodgers pinning Kilby back with their relentless pressing. The Shire struggled to create any clear-cut chances, though, with a threatening ball over the top to Sludden being the only highlight of a cagey opening period.
Despite the Shire looking the more threatening early on, the first real opportunity of the match fell to Kilby’s Craig Howie, who outmuscled his marker only to see his powerful header well saved by Jamie Barclay in goal.
The Shire responded immediately through Andrew Rodgers who managed to burst in behind a static Kilby defence before striking the base of the post with his side footed effort – a real let off for a lethargic Kilby.
The Shire, not to be disheartened, continued to create chances, with Paul Sludden coming close after he had combined well on the edge of the box before seeing his thunderous effort skim the side netting.
However, the Shire’s pressure eventually told when the lively Andrew Rodgers was awarded a penalty after drawing a foul in the box. Rodgers stepped up to take it himself, showing great composure to guide the penalty low and hard to the keeper’s left.
The goal was yet another indication of the jitteriness of Kilby’s defence who had struggled throughout in dealing with the intensity of Rodgers and co.
Despite this Kilby fashioned an equaliser when Bernard Coll hit the byline before whipping in a perfect cross towards the on-rushing Sean Winters who had the simple job of nodding home beyond Jamie Barclay’s reach. It was a reminder of the quality and character of last season’s champions which had been sorely lacking in the first half.
The situation almost got worse for the Shire when Kilby’s Anthony Wallace tucked home from a parried shot, only to see the home side spared a dramatic turnaround by the linesman flagging for offside.
The game, having been a slow burning one sided affair in the first half, had suddenly exploded into life with the Shire’s Michael Bolochoweckyj having his glancing header hacked off the line.
There was yet more drama when Rodgers slotted the ball home after it looked as though his strike partner Sludden had been upended on the edge of the area only to see the referee give a freekick the other way, to the dismay of John Sludden and his team.
Momentum swung back and forth with Jamie McCormack’s fizzing drive from some thirty yards tipped round the post before Kilby had another goal chopped off for offside down the other end.
Amid growing tensions between two sides searching for a winner, the Shire’s Jordan Tapping was shown a second yellow card for dissent after stopping Kilby from taking a quick free kick, a decision described as ‘soft’ by Shire boss John Sludden.
The Shire almost paid dearly when Kilby sub Declan Hughes spurned a glorious chance wide from the edge of the six-yard box. However, the Shire survived Kilby’s late onslaught.
The Shire Boss, John Sludden, described the result as ‘sore on the players’ after such a great effort against the reigning champions but will surely see many positives in a performance full of grit and determination.
East Stirlingshire: 1. Barclay 2. Murray 3. Ramsay 4. Bolochoweckyi 5. Tapping 6. MacGregor 7. Rodgers 8. D. Ure (captain) 9. McCormack 10. Sludden 11. Allison. subs – 12. Grant (for Allison 70 mins) 14. White (not used) 15. Brisbane (for Murray 82 mins) 16. Peddie (not used) 17. I. Ure (sub gk – not used) 18. McLaughlin (not used)
East Kilbride: 1. Jacob Kean 2. Craig Howie 3. Bernard Coll 4. Barry Russell 5. David Proctor 6. Kieran Gibbons 7. Sean Winter 8. Michael Anderson 9. Ross McNeil 10. Anthony Wallace 11. Adam Strachan. subs – 14. Gavin Millar 15. Declan Hughes (for Anderson 82 mins) 18. Liam Craig (not used) 19. Liam Coogans (not used) ?. Gary Graham (not used) ?. Scott Stevenson (not used) 25. Matthew McGinley (not used)
Ht 1-0 Ft 1-1
East Stirlingshire Scorer: Andy Rodgers (41 mins – Penalty)
East Kilbride Scorer: Sean Winter (47 mins)
Shire bookings/red card: Jamie McCormack (29 mins), Jordan Tapping (57 mins), Drew Ramsay (84 mins), Jordan Tapping (86 mins – 2nd yellow and red card)
East Kilbride bookings: Barry Russell (42 mins), Declan Hughes (85 mins)
Referee: Kevin Graham
Assistants: Scott Bunting, Chris Costello
|East Stirlingshire (Ochilview Park)|
|55 Gladstone Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5, UK|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|2||Adam Murray 15||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|3||Drew Ramsay||Defender, Midfielder||0||0||1||0|
|6||Graeme MacGregor||Defender, Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|11||Liam Allison 12||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||Andy Grant 11||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|15||Steven Brisbane 2||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|