Gretna FC 2008 v East Stirlingshire



Date Time League Season
26th January 2019 15:00 Scottish Lowland Football League 2018-19


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Gretna FC 2008011Loss
East Stirlingshire112Win


Gretna FC 2008 v East Stirlingshire 26/1/19 – Reporter: Ewan Malcolm

East Stirlingshire survived a late scare against ‘managerless’ Gretna 2008 as they claimed all three points in a 2-1 victory at a waterlogged Raydale Park.

Shire’s fortunes had taken a turn for the better in recent weeks, as they bounced back from a disappointing 2-0 loss to league leaders East Kilbride with two draws and a comeback victory against Edinburgh University in their last match.

Gretna, on the other hand, came into the match having taken a severe knock to their confidence after being hammered 5-0 by East Kilbride a fortnight ago.

Shire’s nerves were eased early on when they deservedly took the lead through Andy Rodgers who reacted quickest to tap home the opener after Ross Allum had failed to round Ross Atkinson in the Gretna goal.

Rodgers’ opener was the first time Shire had taken the lead in a league game since a 3-1 victory away to Edusport Academy in early December and the effect on the visitor’s confidence was evident as they went in pursuit of a second.

Paul McCafferty, Ross Allum and Andy Rodgers all went close to extending Shire’s lead, but a combination of profligate finishing and extreme conditions prevented the visitors from doubling their advantage before half time.

Shire’s intensity didn’t drop after the break with McCafferty and David McCaughie both threatening early in the second half.

However, with conditions deteriorating due to strong winds and heavy rain, Shire struggled to make the vital breakthrough despite their clear dominance.

Perhaps it was no surprise then, that Shire doubled their lead with an immense slice of luck with Atkinson initially gathering Rodgers’ speculative effort before stepping behind the goal line with the ball still in his clutches.

Shire’s bizarre second seemed to spark the hosts into life as they forced Jamie Barclay into making some fine saves to deny Gretna a route back into the game.

Gretna’s late revival seemed to grow more likely after Emmanuel Bitanga fired beyond his own goalkeeper to make the final moments uncomfortable viewing for Shire’s travelling support.

However, Gretna’s fightback, much like most of the second half, was derailed by the extreme conditions that stifled most of the attacking play.

A second consecutive victory for Shire moves them above Gala Fairydean Rovers into 7th place with a visit to Whitehill Welfare next weekend presenting a very good opportunity for Shire to continue their march up the table.


Match Details: Drummond Calder

East Stirlingshire: 1. Jamie Barclay (Captain) 2. Connor Greene (RB) 3. Danny Ashe (captain) (LB) 4. Andy Grant (RCD) 5. Chris McKee (LCD) 6. Simon White (LCM) 7. Andy Rodgers (LF) 8. Graeme MacGregor (RCM) 9. Ross Allum (RF) 10. David McCaughie (RM) 11. Paul McCafferty (LM) Subs 12. Emmanuel Bitanga (RB) (came on for 2. Connor Greene in 79 mins 50 secs) 14. Ludovic Erhard (not used) 15. Steven Brisbane (RM) (came on for 10. David McCaughie in 72 mins 36 secs) 16. Danny McFadden (LF) (came on for 11. Paul McCafferty in 85 mins 58 secs) 17. Robbie Taylor (sub gk) (not used) 18. Derek Ure (not used) 19. Adam Murray (not used)

Gretna FC 2008 1. Jim Atkinson 2. Jack Hunter (RB) 3. Daniel Wadge (LB) 4. Jamie Hope (CM) 5. Trialist (RCD) 6. Kyle Johnson (LCD) 7. Ashley Kelly (RM) 8. Stuart Gray (LF) 9. Daniel Smales (RF) 10. Kevin Connelly (captain) (CF) 11. Jake Smith (LM) Subs 12. Daniel Fitzpatrick (RM) (came on for 7. Ashley Kelly in 76 mins 30 secs) 14. Liam Studholme (not used) 15. Thomas Pardini (not used) 16. Unpha Koroma (not used) 17. Warren Douglas (not used) 20. Alistair Ferguson (sub gk) (not used)

Ht 1-0 Ft 2-1

East Stirlingshire Scorers – 1) Andy Rodgers (7 mins 52 secs) 2) Andy Rodgers (50 mins 16 secs)

East Stirlingshire Assists – 1) Ross Allum 2) N/A

East Stirlingshire Booking – 1) Connor Greene (6 mins 32 secs)

Gretna FC 2008 Scorer – 1) Emmanuel Bitanga (o.g.) (82 mins 40 secs)

Gretna FC 2008 Assist – 1) Daniel Fitzpatrick

Gretna FC 2008 Bookings – 1) Jamie Hope (28 mins 26 secs) 2) Jake Smith (65 mins 4 secs)

Crowd: 80

Referee: Ryan Oliver

Assistant Referees: Adrian Brown, Kyle Gallacher



Gretna FC 2008

Gretna FC 2008

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jim AtkinsonGoalkeeper0000
2Jack HunterDefender0000
3Daniel WadgeDefender0000
4Jamie HopeMidfielder0010
5Trialist (26.1.19)Defender0000
6Kyle JohnsonDefender0000
7Ashley Kelly 12Midfielder0000
8Stuart GrayForward0000
9Daniel SmalesForward0000
10Kevin ConnellyForward0000
11Jake SmithMidfielder0010
12Daniel Fitzpatrick 7Midfielder0100

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jamie BarclayGoalkeeper0000
2Connor Greene 12Defender0010
3Danny AsheDefender0000
4Andy GrantDefender0000
5Chris McKeeDefender0000
6Simon WhiteMidfielder0000
7Andy RodgersForward2000
8Graeme MacGregorMidfielder0000
9Ross AllumForward0100
10David McCaughie 15Midfielder0000
11Paul McCafferty 16Midfielder0000
12Emmanuel Bitanga 2Defender0000
15Steven Brisbane 10Midfielder0000
16Danny McFadden 11Forward0000
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