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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 33 90 WWWLW
2 Inverurie Locos 34 78 WLWWW
3 Formartine United 33 76 WWWWW
4 Forres Mechanics 34 73 WWWWW
5 Fraserburgh 33 70 LLLWW
6 Brora Rangers 31 57 WLLLW
7 Buckie Thistle 34 51 LDDLW
8 Huntly 34 49 LLDWL
9 Deveronvale 33 48 LLWDW
10 Nairn County 33 48 LDWWL
11 Wick Academy 33 46 WDLLL
12 Rothes 33 46 WLLWL
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41 LLWLD
14 Turriff United 32 34 WLWLL
15 Keith 33 15 LLDWL
16 Lossiemouth 34 15 LLDLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 32 14 LLLLD
18 Fort William 31 4 LDLDL

Recent Results

21-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 37
Rothes 0 : 1 Fraserburgh
Wick Academy 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
Brora Rangers 1 : 0 Huntly
Deveronvale 2 : 1 Nairn County
Formartine United 12 : 0 Fort William
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Lossiemouth
18-04-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 36
Brora Rangers 1 : 3 Fraserburgh
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 1 Fort William
Nairn County 3 : 0 Turriff United
Cove Rangers 0 : 1 Forres Mechanics
Keith 1 : 5 Formartine United
Rothes 1 : 0 Wick Academy
14-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 36
Huntly 3 : 0 Rothes
Nairn County 3 : 1 Fraserburgh
Buckie Thistle 6 : 0 Lossiemouth
Strathspey Thistle 2 : 3 Keith
Brora Rangers 0 : 1 Cove Rangers
Turriff United 1 : 2 Forres Mechanics

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