|17th September 2016||15:00||Ferrari Packaging Lowland League||2016-17|
A disastrous opening quarter ultimately deprived Shire of the chance to close the gap on Lowland League leaders East Kilbride, and sent them tumbling to their second defeat of the season at Selkirk’s Yarrow Park.
The three goal margin at full-time exactly matched the deficit after 18 minutes. Shire were simply caught cold on one of the warmest days of the football season.
Their hosts, full of enthusiasm after winning their previous home game 7-1, decided that attack was the best form of defence and as soon as they won possession they headed right onto the front foot.
After less than a minute they had Shire under pressure and Connor Greene was forced to head a dangerous cross clear.
Just 90 seconds in the home team’s Phil Addison was in behind the Shire defence and it was just as well his effort was wide of target.
But after less than three minutes the home team did have the lead. Ross King’s cross from the left was laid into the path of Gary McCormack by Addison and the striker took a touch before rolling the ball into the net with the visiting defence nowhere.
Before even five minutes were on the clock it was 2-0. This time McCormack played the ball in to Addison, who rolled his marker before unleashing a powerful, curling shot past the exposed Jamie Barclay.
Shire tried to respond to the lightning start and Andy Rodgers did sent a shot just wide of the target after seven minutes but Selkirk continued to pepper the Shire goal and Ricky Miller wasn’t far away with a long-range effort.
After 18 minutes the game got further out of Shire’s reach as Jay Doyle was given all the time and space he required to sweep the ball low into the corner of the net from 18 yards out.
After 20 minutes Rodgers went down in the box after a challenge from Harley but referee Scott Love was not interested in Shire’s penalty kick appeals.
At the other end the Selkirk defender sent a free header over the bar from Addison’s free-kick on 33 minutes when he ought to have at least hit the target, but seconds later Harley allowed David Grant to turn and cross low across the face of goal for Jamie Glasgow to pull one back.
Three minutes later, though, Shire were unable to stop Addison running through on goal to shoot in off the under side of the bar to make the half-time score 4-1.
After the break, Simon White and Adam Murray replaced Graeme MacGregor and Kris Faulds.
Three minutes into the second half Dylan McGuigan’s run ended with a through ball to David Grant who scored with a shot high into the net.
After 52 minutes Grant sent Drew Ramsay clear down the left flank and his cross was met by Derek Ure at the near post and he scored from point-blank range to make it 4-3. Just two minutes later David Grant was clean through but was denied by a brave diving save from Gregor Amos.
After 62 minutes Doyle was hopelessly short with a pass back to his keeper and Rodgers stole the ball and passed to Grant who levelled the scores from close range.
But just three minutes later Murray bundled McCormack over inside the box and although Barclay saved the resulting penalty kick, King was first to the rebound to score.
Amos in the home goal then performed some heroics making great saves from McGuigan and two point-blank headers from Rodgers.
His best effort was an outstretched hand to deny Greene a certain goal from a header at the back post and worse was to follow as Selkirk went straight up the park and fired themselves 6-4 in front through Addison.
Greene then hit the Selkirk post with a shot and Shire couldn’t scramble the rebound into the net with Amos again denying them.
With a minute to go Shire were slow to stop an Addison run and he completed the scoring with a nice finish.
SELKIRK : Amos, Samson, Christie, Harley, Fleming, Miller, King, McCormack, Scott, Addison, Doyle.
SHIRE : Barclay, MacGregor(Murray 46), Ramsay, A. Grant, Greene, Faulds(White 46), McGuigan, Ure, Rodgers, D. Grant, Glasgow.
|Yarrow Park, Selkirk TD7, UK|