|28th October 2017||15:00||GeoSonic Lowland League||2017-18|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Gretna FC 2008||1||0||1||Win|
There is no way of covering up what was a bad performance. Gretna 2008 won the toss and elected to turn the teams around so that they played with a strong wind in their backs in the first half and as it proved this was a good decision as the wind was not as strong in the 2nd half.
Shire had Andy Rodgers & Jamie McCormack suspended for the game although Gretna had selection issues themselves and only 2 listed subs.
Gretna took the lead in the 4th minute when the Shire defence were attracted to the ball leaving their left winger an opening to cross for Liam Studholme to score from 4 yards.
Shire did create 1 good chance in the 1st half when good play by Del Ure & Drew Ramsay gave Paul Sludden a chance but it went over.
In the 21st minute Paul Sludden was booked for going for a high ball with the Gretna keeper, Graham Wright, which had held up in the wind. It was a challenge if he did not go for it he would have been criticized but by going for it he injured their keeper. After a lengthy delay, due to attending to the injured keeper, the game re-started but in the 37th minute Wright was unable to continue and had to be substituted by their assistant manager, Ellis Monaghan, who was an outfield player. However, despite this advantage throughout the rest of the game the Shire failed to test him.
In the 2nd half Gretna had an early chance when they hit the post when it looked easier to score.
Graeme MacGregor for did eventually manage to break through the Gretna defence but his fierce shot hit the bar instead of finding the net.
The game ended in a disappointing 0-1 defeat.
East Stirlingshire: 1. Barclay 2. Murray 3. Ramsay 4. Grant 5. Tapping 6. MacGregor 7. Brisbane 8. Del Ure (captain) 9. Allison 10. Sludden 11. McLaughlin. subs – 12. Greene (not used) 14. Faulds (for McLaughlin 68 mins) 15. White (not used) 16. McKeown (not used) 17. I. Ure (sub gk – not used) 18. Peddie (not used)
Gretna 2008: 1. Trialist (Graham Wright) 2. Lukas Jakaitas 3. Daniel Wadge 4. Steven Black 5. Jordan Little 6. Jamie Hope 7. Liam Studholme 8. Thomas Halleran 9. Kingsley Grandison 10. Kevin Connelly 11. Michael McAnespie. subs – 12. Ellis Monaghan (for Graham Wright 37 mins) 14. Andrew Aitken (for Lukas Jakaitas 76 mins)
Ht 0-1 Ft 0-1
Gretna 2008 Scorer: Liam Studholme (4 mins)
Shire bookings: Paul Sludden (21 mins)
Referee: John McKendrick
Assistants: Joseph Lawson, Alex Bebbington
|East Stirlingshire (Ochilview Park)|
|55 Gladstone Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5, UK|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|11||Chris McLaughlin 14||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|14||Kris Faulds 11||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|