East Stirlingshire v Civil Service Strollers FC



Date Time League Season
15th March 2019 19:45 Scottish Lowland Football League 2018-19


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
East Stirlingshire123Loss
Civil Service Strollers FC224Win


East Stirlingshire v Civil Service Strollers 15/3/19 – Reporter: Ewan Malcolm

East Stirlingshire’s seven game unbeaten run was ended in dramatic fashion as they succumbed to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Civil Service Strollers on Friday night.

Ross Guthrie’s late strike ensured Strollers were on the right side of the 4-3 score line this time round having lost out in similarly dramatic circumstances at Christie Gillies Park.

Shire could take confidence prior to the game with the knowledge that that they had been unbeaten in their last five meetings with Strollers.

However, Jordan Hopkinson gave his side the perfect start in their efforts to end their Shire hoodoo.

David Churchill pounced on Connor Greene’s indecisiveness to draw a good save from Barclay, but the Shire captain could only parry the ball into the path of Hopkinson who made no mistake in firing his side into the lead.

Churchill couldn’t believe his luck shortly after when he doubled his side’s advantage after slack Shire defending left him in acres of space to fire beyond Barclay.

A rare mix up in the Strollers’ backline produced a lifeline for Shire with Ross Allum winning a penalty after being upended in the box.  Paul McCafferty duly stepped up to fire his side back into the game before half time.

Despite McCafferty’s goal, Shire could thank the crossbar for denying Strollers a third and some much-needed breathing space after two breakaways nearly ended the home side’s resistance.

Strollers’ misfortune seemed to cost them dearly shortly after when Andy Grant rose highest to nod Scott Gray’s corner into the back of the net to level the score line.

Shire’s elation was cut short, however, when Andrew Mair’s teasing delivery was met by Churchill who powered an unstoppable header back across goal to silence the home fans.

Derek Ure’s decision to introduce David McCaughie was vindicated when the Shire winger showed great determination to nip in front of Strollers’ defence before poking in the equaliser.

However, Guthrie ensured there would be one last twist in a fixture that is fast becoming one of the most exciting in the league when he slotted home the winner after Shire had failed to clear their lines.

Derek Ure now faces the difficult challenge of keeping his side motivated for the rest of the season starting with a visit to tenth place Vale of Leithen next weekend.

However, news of Shire’s significantly boosted player budget for next season is sure to renew optimism among fans who have watched their side struggle to find title challenging consistency.


Match Details: Drummond Calder

East Stirlingshire: 1. Jamie Barclay (captain) 2. Connor Greene (LCD) 3. Scott Gray (LB) 4. Andy Grant (RCD) 12. Danny Ashe (RB) (replaced 5. Chris McKee (LCD) who was injured in the warm up) 6. Steven Smith (LCM) 7. Steven Brisbane (RM) 8. Graeme MacGregor (RCM) 9. Ross Allum (F) 10. Paul McCaffery (LM) 11. Jaime Gallagher (CM – Behind the forward) Subs 14. Simon White (not used) 15. Fraser Neave (not used) 16. Ludovic Erhard (not used) 17. Robbie Taylor (sub gk) (not used) 18. David McCaughie (RM) (came on for 7. Steven Brisbane in 63 mins 4 secs) 19. Andy Rodgers (LF) (came on for 8. Graeme MacGregor in 74 mins 5 secs)

Civil Service Strollers 1. Josh Donaldson 2. Craig Newall (RB) 3. Andrew Mair (LB) 4. Mark McConnell (captain) (RCD) 5. Kevin Waugh (CD) 6. Kyle Fee (LCD) 7. Iain Ballantyne (RM) 8. Scott Clapperton (CM) 9. Jordan Hopkinson (RF) 10. Jack Downie (LM) 11. David Churchill (LF) Subs 12. Alive Faye (not used) 14. Matt Cunningham (LM) (came on for 9. Jordan Hopkinson in 74 mins 16 secs) 15. Sean Turnbull (RCD) (came on for 4. Mark McConnell in 79 mins 46 secs) 16. Kerr Allan (not used) 17. Ross Guthrie (RF) (came on for 10. Jack Downie in 85 mins 2 secs) 18. Steven Froude (not used) 26. James Smith (sub gk) (not used)

Ht 1-2 Ft 3-4

East Stirlingshire Scorers – 1) Paul McCafferty (penalty) (37 mins 49 secs) 2) Andy Grant (54 mins 50 secs) 3) David McCaughie (75 mins 0 secs)

East Stirlingshire Assists – 1) N/A 2) Scott Gray 3) Paul McCafferty

East Stirlingshire Bookings – 1) Danny Ashe (19 mins 20 secs) 2) Connor Greene (29 mins 0 secs)

Civil Service Strollers Scorers – 1) Jordan Hopkinson (11 mins 13 secs) 2) David Churchill (34 mins 49 secs) 3) David Churchill (70 mins 11 secs) 4) Ross Guthrie (87 mins 8 secs)

Civil Service Strollers Assists – 1) David Churchill 2) N/A 3) Andrew Mair 4) Scott Clapperton

Civil Service Strollers Bookings – 1) Josh Donaldson (37 mins 17 secs) 2) Iain Ballantyne (59 mins 45 secs)

Crowd: 186

Referee: Garry Doherty

Assistant Referees: Scott Robert Anderson, Lewis Sinclair




East Stirlingshire (Falkirk Stadium)

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jamie BarclayGoalkeeper0000
2Connor GreeneDefender0010
3Scott GrayDefender0100
4Andy GrantDefender1000
6Steven SmithMidfielder0000
7Steven Brisbane 18Midfielder0000
8Graeme MacGregor 19Midfielder0000
9Ross AllumForward0000
10Paul McCaffertyMidfielder1100
11Jaime GallagherMidfielder0000
12Danny AsheDefender0010
18David McCaughie 7Midfielder1000
19Andy Rodgers 8Forward0000

Civil Service Strollers FC

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Josh DonaldsonGoalkeeper0010
2Craig NewallDefender0000
3Andrew MairDefender0100
4Mark McConnell 15Defender0000
5Kevin WaughDefender0000
6Kyle FeeDefender0000
7Iain BallantyneForward0010
8Scott ClappertonMidfielder0100
9Jordan Hopkinson 14Forward1000
10Jack Downie 17Midfielder0000
11David ChurchillForward2100
14Matthew Cunningham 9Midfielder0000
15Shaun Turnbull 4Midfielder0000
17Ross Guthrie 10Forward1000
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