|7th April 2018||15:00||GeoSonic Lowland League||2017-18|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Whitehill Welfare FC||0||1||1||Loss|
After 10 seasons playing at Ochilview Park this was the’ Shire’s last game at the Larbert ground before the move to the Falkirk Stadium next season. ‘Shire were forced into making 3 changes for the first time in 5 games for the League visit of Whitehill Welfare. Skipper Del Ure and top scorer Paul Sludden were missing due to family commitments as well as the injured Kris Faulds. Their places were taken by Gregor MacGregor, Steven Brisbane & Simon White, with White playing from the start of a League game for the 1st time this season. As well as players missing and injuries ‘Shire had a limited substitutes bench, with 1 of the club’s sub goalkeeper’s being listed as an outfield player and although 2 other subs were listed as outfield players only one took his place on the bench.
The first chance of the game fell to the Shire on 15 minutes when an Andy Rodgers free kick was headed over by Jamie McCormack. Then 7 minutes later Welfare’s Josh Morris dispossessed Jordan Tapping on the 18 yards line and tested Jamie Barclay who had to be on his toes to save.
There were a few challenges being made and unfortunately Drew Ramsay of the ‘Shire picked up the first yellow card of the game in the 27th minute.
Just after the half hour ‘Shire had a good chance to take the lead when Rodgers was fouled inside the D but his shot was wide. Then a McCormack shot for the ‘Shire similarly went by the post.
Whitehill were playing better than their league position would have expected and their keeper, Ross Jardine, was not really tested despite the home team having most of the possession.
4 minutes before half time a Ramsay cross was controlled by Andy Rodgers and as he went to go past a defender he was fouled and referee Gavin Ross had no hesitation and awarded a penalty. Captain for the day Rodgers dusted himself down and dispatched the penalty kick with power, straight down the middle and high into the net, to give the ‘Shire an slender lead at the break.
The 2nd half continued in the same vein with ‘Shire trying to increase their lead and on 50 minutes there was a goal of the season contender when Andy Rodgers found himself on the 18 yard line and with their keeper approaching him he delightfully chipped the ball over the Jardine to put ‘Shire 2-0 ahead.
That should have given the Shire confidence to go for more goals but Whitehill did not lie down and they got back into the game from the penalty spot in the 64th minute. After a mazy run by Stephane Murray he was fouled as he entered the box and from the resulting penalty Josh Morris sent Barclay the wrong way the half the deficit.
On 69 minutes history was made when Graeme MacGregor scored his first ever goal the ‘Shire in the 138 games he has played over the 4 seasons he has been with the club. McCormack came in from the right wing and passed to MacGregor on the 18 yard line who sent in a marvellous chip shot which curled perfectly over Jardine to restore the ‘Shire’s 2 goals advantage.
Both Rodgers’ 2nd and MacGregor’s goal would easily have made it into any goal of the season award.
Ramsay who had earlier been booked was substituted in the 77th minute as he was in danger of receiving a second yellow for time wasting.
With 6 minutes remaining Stephane Murray from Whitehill, who had been earlier been booked, was shown a 2nd yellow card and subsequent red card for language directed at his own player.
The ‘Shire then were able to comfortably close off the game to extend the club’s current unbeaten run in the league to 18 games equalling the club’s record unbeaten league run set from 9/8/1947 to 27/12/1947 in the Scottish C Division. The win also extends the club’s record competitive unbeaten run to 17 games.
East Stirlingshire: 1. Barclay 2. Greene 3. Murray 4. Grant 5. Tapping 6. White 7. Rodgers (Captain) 8. MacGregor 9. McCormack 10. Brisbane 11. Ramsay. subs – 12. McLaughlin (came on for 11. Ramsay 77 mins) 14. Iain Ure (not used) 15. Liam Allison (not used – was not on bench) 17. Taylor (sub gk – not used)
Whitehill Welfare: 21. Ross Jardine 2. Craig Reid 3. James McPartin 4. Ryan McKenzie (captain) 5. Kerr Dodds 6. Scott Lucas 7. Jack Wright 8. Cameron Watson 9. Stephane Murray 10. Josh Morris 11. Robbie Carter. subs – 14. Kyle Mitchell (came on for 6. Scott Lucas 77 mins) 15. Craig Beattie (not used) 16. Gary Nicholson (not used) 17. Jack Solway (not used) 18. Fabio Neto (came on for 11. Robbie Carter 52 mins) 19. Mark Smith (came on for 10. Josh Morris 77 mins)
Ht 1-0 Ft 3-1
East Stirlingshire Scorers: Andy Rodgers (41 mins) (penalty), Andy Rodgers (50 mins), Graeme MacGregor (69 mins)
Shire bookings: Drew Ramsay (27 mins), Adam Murray (64 mins)
Whitehill Wefare Scorer: Josh Morris (58 mins) (penalty)
Whitehill Welfare bookings/Sending off: Jack Wright (54 mins), Scott Lucas (62 mins), Stephane Murray (72 mins), Ryan McKenzie (74 mins), Stephane Murray (red card – 2nd booking) (83 mins)
Referee: Gavin Ross
Assistants: Steve Ross, Darren Robertson
|East Stirlingshire (Ochilview Park)|
|55 Gladstone Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5, UK|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|11||Drew Ramsay 12||Midfielder||0||0||1||0|
|12||Chris McLaughlin 11||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|