|23rd September 2017||15:00||Scottish Lowland Football League||2017-18|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|East Kilbride FC||0||0||0||Loss|
Shire went into this game on the back of the comfortable win against Nithsdale Wanderers, although in the last away League game they had lost out 1-3 at University of Stirling. East Kilbride were unbeaten in the League up to this point and were keen to keep up that run.
What transpired was a wonderful complete display by the Shire and in the end the handsome winning margin of 5-0, a record defeat for East Kilbride since their formation, could and should have been even more. This was the best performance by Shire since they started their journey outside the SPFL the season before. Most importantly, John Sludden’s team might have injected some life back into a challenge for this season’s crown just as it seemed as though they had already lost too much ground to the early season pacesetters.
Andy Rodgers set the tone early with a dipping volley in just the 3rd minute that crashed off the crossbar.
Rodgers then played Del Ure clean through on goal but the Shire skipper’s shot was well-saved.
However, the resulting corner kick from Paul Sludden was heading into the roof of the net by Liam Allison to give the visitors the perfect start with only 5 minutes played.
It could have been more. Liam Allison’s centre flew across goal with no taker available when a simple touch would have brought a certain goal. Then Ure cut one back for Rodgers but he shot straight at the keeper from six yards with the whole goal gaping.
But not to worry. After 16 minutes Drew Ramsay played the ball to Paul Sludden on the edge of the box and his effort was defected into the net by a home defender to make it 2-0.
Then Andy Rodgers went tumbling inside the box but no penalty was given.
Not long after Ure had the Kilby keeper Kean scrambling to save from a 35 yard strike.
Kilby then had a good chance when Jamie Barclay just tipped over a header for a corner.
Before the break Rodgers had an overhead kick which went just wide.
It was expected that Kilby would come out all guns blazing in the 2nd half but this didn’t happen and, if anything, Shire were even more in control.
On 54 minutes it was 3-0 when Paul Sludden received a cross in the box from Drew Ramsay, who had driven down the left wing. Sludden caught the ball on his left foot, spun and in one movement fired home the ball with his right foot into the net from the six yard line. It was a truely magnificent goal.
Not long after Shire sought a penalty when it looked as though Connor Greene’s header was blocked by a home hand on the goal line.
But that didn’t seem to matter much on 78 minutes when captain Del Ure hit the 4th goal with a strike from the edge of the box into the corner of the net.
In the final minute substitute Kevin Kelbie rounded off the day’s work by getting onto the end of a long ball, running to the just outside of the 18 yard line and firing the 5th goal with a shot which left Kean helpless.
East Stirlingshire: 1. Barclay 2. McGregor 3. Ramsay 4. Grant 5. Greene 6. Faulds 7. Rodgers 8. D. Ure (captain) 9. McCormack 10. Sludden 11. Allison. subs – 12. Kelbie (for Rodgers 86 mins) 14. White (for McCormack 88 mins) 15. McKeown (not used) 16. McLaughlin (not used) 17. I. Ure (sub gk – not used) 18. Trialist (Adam Murray) (not used)
East Kilbride: Jacob Kean, Bernard Coll, David Proctor, Barry Russell (captain), Kevin McCann, Michael Anderson, Keiran Gibbons, Adam Strachan, Sean Winter, Gavin Millar, Campbell. subs – Matt McGinley (sub gk – not used), Martin McBride (for Anderson 46 mins), Liam Coogans (for Gibbons for 65 mins), Ross McNeil (not used), Scott Stevenson (not used), Zata (not used), Declan Hughes (not used)
Ht 2-0 Ft 5-0
East Stirlingshire Scorers: Liam Allison (5 mins), Paul Sludden (16 mins), Paul Sludden (54 mins), Del Ure (78 mins), Kevin Kelbie (89 mins)
East Stirlingshire Bookings: Kris Faulds, Andy Rodgers
Referee: Steven Reid
Assistants: Andrew Bryson, Paul Harvey
|East Kilbride FC|
|A726, East Kilbride, Glasgow G74 2HG, UK|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|7||Andy Rodgers 12||Forward||0||0||1||0|
|9||Jamie McCormack 14||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||Kevin Kelbie 7||Forward||1||0||0||0|
|14||Simon White 9||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|