|5th August 2017||15:00||GeoSonic Lowland League||2017-18|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
There were mixed feelings for Shire as they shared six goals with Dalbeattie Star in the club’s third Lowland League game of the new season at Islecroft Stadium.
On the one hand, the visitors were relieved to head back home with a draw after an injury-time goal saved Shire from the prospect of a second defeat in three games. However there was also a strong feeling that they should not have allowed themselves to get into that position having worked hard to establish a 2-1 advantage in the early part of the second half.
Coach John Sludden had asked his players to pick up from where they had left off in their previous outing, a 4-0 away win at Whitehill Welfare and they did open very strongly. Inside a minute of kick-off a Paul Sludden shot just went past the post, as the striker curled an effort just fractionally wide of goal after being left unmarked on the back edge of the penalty box.
With 17 minutes played Sludden once again volleyed over from a Rodgers cross and not long afterward Rodgers sent an effort looping onto the roof of the net.
On the 20 minute mark, though, Shire fell behind – a long cross from the left wing found Steven Degnan and he was able to squeeze the ball over the line at the back post despite the fact that both Andy Grant and Connor Greene looked favourites to clear.
Barclay then had to tip a goal bound shot over the bar, Shire responded but a powerful Kelbie shot was blocked and the just before halftime a Rodgers shot was just over.
Dalbeattie were forced to make a substitution at half time when their keeper, Vinnie Parker, was forced off with a groin strain and a sub who normally plays outfield took the gloves.
Dalbeattie had the first effort of the second half when Milligan forced Barclay to punch the ball wide.
But it was Shire who then turned the game on it’s head with two goals in three minutes.
After 54 minutes Rodgers hit a high cross from the left wing into the box which Kevin Kelbie headed into the path of the in-rushing Jamie McCormark and the Shire midfielder swept the ball into the net for the equaliser past the exposed replacement goalie.
Two minutes later Sludden broke down the right and sent a low centre into the box which was laid into the path of Kelbie for the striker to curl a low shot into the net after the ball appeared to squirm through the keeper’s hands. Liam Allison followed up to make sure but the ball was already over the line.
That should have been Shire’s cue to see the game out and take home the three points. Instead, the home side took advantage of a loss of concentration from their visitors and mounted a strong comeback.
The lead lasted just seven minutes until Thorburn put over a brilliant cross and Milligan who was unmarked headed strongly home at the back post.
There was worse to follow for Shire when, with 12 minutes remaining, they fell behind. Star winger Jamie McHarrie was allowed space to race along the bye line cut the ball back for Tommy Muir to put Dalbeattie back into the lead.
After falling behind Shire put everything into getting back on level terms and two minutes remaining on the clock Rodgers headed past the post from a Ure corner.
With the game into its third minute of injury-time Shire were awarded a free kick about 15 yards into their half and Derek Ure swept the ball into a crowded goal mouth for Connor Greene to send a brave diving header into the back of the net despite the close attentions of the home keeper.
MacCormack had a chance to win the game but he headed just wide.
East Stirlingshire: 1. Barclay 2. MacGregor 3. Ramsay 4. Greene 5. Grant 6. McCormack 7. Rodgers 8. D. Ure (captain) 9. Kelbie 10. Sludden 11. Allison. subs – 12. Faulds (for Allison 81 mins) 14. White (not used) 15. Peddie (not used) 16. Trialist (Connor Hogg) (not used) 17. Trialist (Iain Ure) (sub gk – not used) 18. Trialist (Aiden McKeown) (not used)
Dalbeattie Star: 1. Vinnie Parker 2. Liam Park 3. Greig Thorburn 4. Lewis Todd 5. Curtiss Wilson 6. James Baty 7. Jamie McHarrie 8. Scott Milligan 9. Tommy Muir 10. Steven Degnan 11. Farrel O’Sullivan. subs – Kerr (for Parker 46 mins), Ally Mason (for McHarrie 82 mins), McColm (for O’Sullivan 86 mins)
Ht 0-1 Ft 3-3
East Stirlingshire Scorers: Kevin Kelbie (53 mins), Jamie McCormack (56 mins), Connor Greene (90+1 mins)
Dalbeattie Star Scorers: Steven Degnan (20 mins), Scott Milligan (63 mins), Tommy Muir (79 mins)
East Stirlingshire Bookings: Jamie McCormack, Liam Allison, Del Ure
Dalbeattie Star Booking: Steven Degnan
Referee: Callum Scott
Assistants: Adrian Brown, Kieran Whalen
|30 Mill St, Dalbeattie DG5 4HE, UK|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|11||Liam Allison 12||Midfielder||0||0||1||0|
|12||Kris Faulds 11||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|