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Elgin 4 Strathspey Thistle 1

 

Elgin City strolled to a 4-1 victory over Strathspey Thistle in their opening round of The North of Scotland cup in a game which saw Striker Craig Gunn score his first hat-trick of the season.

 

Gunn’s first goal came on the tenth minute when a Brian Cameron pass saw Gordon Findlayson in behind the jags defence. He then cut the ball back for Gunn for a simple tap in. In a game of few clear-cut chances, Gunn found a second goal when a misplaced Thistle pass let him in one on one with the ‘keeper and the Elgin man made no mistake.

After half time Elgin found their rhythm again with Gunn hitting both the side netting and crossbar. But Gunn bagged his hat-trick in the 55 minute. A long Daniel Moore cross set the hitman up perfectly at the back post to volley home. Shane Sutherland made it 4-0 then in the dying moments of the game when a lapse of concentration from sub ‘keeper Stewart Black saw him miss a simple back pass which rolled over the line.  

 

Thistle manager Brian Grant had this to say. “The loss didn’t surprise me, Elgin are a much better side. They are stronger and fitter. We tried to keep it 0-0 as long as possible but the inevitable eventually happened.” The Strathy boss then discussed the season ahead, “ We want to finish as high as possible. If we could maintain our last league position and get more points on the board we’d be happy.”

 

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 17 47 WDWWW
2 Inverurie Locos 21 44 WWWWL
3 Fraserburgh 18 41 LWWWL
4 Brora Rangers 17 40 LWWWW
5 Huntly 20 38 DWLWW
6 Forres Mechanics 19 36 WWWWW
7 Formartine United 18 34 WLWLW
8 Buckie Thistle 18 32 WLWDL
9 Rothes 19 30 LDWWL
10 Deveronvale 19 28 WWWWL
11 Clachnacuddin 20 25 LWDWW
12 Nairn County 18 25 LLLWL
13 Turriff United 19 24 LLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 20 11 WDLWL
16 Lossiemouth 20 8 LLLLW
17 Strathspey Thistle 19 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 17 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

09-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 20
Forres Mechanics 3 : 1 Rothes
06-12-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Huntly 2 : 6 Formartine United
Keith 2 : 3 Banks O' Dee
06-12-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield Round 2
Turriff United 3 : 0 Fraserburgh
Deveronvale 3 : 0 Buckie Thistle
02-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 19
Brora Rangers 16 : 0 Fort William
Deveronvale 0 : 5 Formartine United
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Keith
Huntly 5 : 1 Strathspey Thistle
Cove Rangers 4 : 0 Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth 3 : 0 Turriff United
Clachnacuddin 3 : 0 Nairn County
25-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 18
Fraserburgh 1 : 2 Keith
Nairn County 4 : 1 Buckie Thistle
18-11-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Third Round
Stranraer 0 : 1 Brora Rangers
Spartans 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
Airdrieonians 2 : 3 Cove Rangers
Buckie Thistle 2 : 3 Brechin City

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