|15th April 2017||15:00||Scottish Lowland Football League||2016-17|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
DALBEATTIE STAR 2 SHIRE 2
Despite recovering to draw level before the half-time break Shire could not force a winner in their penultimate Lowland League match of the 2016/17 season.
Iain Anderson had the home side 2-0 ahead but the visitors struck twice in the closing five minutes of the opening period to tie the scores at 2-2 going into the break. And, despite having the better chances in the second period, Shire could not force the winner and had to settle for the draw.
Coach John Sludden made two changes to his starting eleven with David Grant and Andy Grant dropping out to make way from Liam Allison and Kris Faulds but the changes did not appear to be disruptive as Shire took the game to their opponents.
Andy Rodgers saw an early effort saved and then home keeper Vinnie Parker was again in action to tip a Steven Brisbane effort wide of the target. But Shire had to be alert and not long after a free-kick was whipped in which Connor Greene almost diverted into his own net but Jamie Barclay rescued the situation with a diving save.
There were more warnings for Shire as striker Iain Anderson twice got in behind the defence but was unable to land a shot on target. Nevertheless, the home team’s persistence paid off and after 22 minutes Lee Wells swung a cross into the box and Anderson rose highest to head the ball past Barclay from the edge of the box for the games’s opening goal.
It should have been 2-0 to the home team when a quick counter-attack from inside their own half ended with Lewis Todd unmarked inside the box with only Barclay to beat but he hurried his shot which ballooned over the bar.
But, after 38 minutes, Dalbeattie did score a second goal, a superb long-range effort from Anderson which flew past Barclay after the striker was given all the space and time he required to shoot.
Nevertheless, Shire picked themselves up and within two minutes of Dalbeattie’s second goal had cut the deficit in half.
Skipper Derek Ure fired a great pass in behind the defence for David Grant, a 28th minute substitute for the injured Liam Allison, and the striker found the far corner of the net with a shot from the edge of the six yard box.
Dean Brotherstone tried a long-range effort which Barclay beat away and, after 43 minutes, Shire found the levelling goal – David Grant crossed from the right for Rodgers to sneak in at the back post and shoot past the unprotected Parker.
As the half drew to a close David Grant went clean through on goal and went down as the home keeper challenged him but the Shire appeals for a penalty kick were waved away by the referee.
The second half started in a storm of hailstones and not long in David Grant crossed for Faulds but he couldn’t get enough power in his shot and the Dalbeattie defence was able to clear.
A Ure corner caused confusion in the home box and Rodgers’ shot was charged down and not long after Rodgers raced clear but his shot from outside the penalty area flew over the crossbar.
After 62 minutes a David Grant cross from the right looked a routine catch for Parker in the home goal but, as he landed on the ground, the keeper collided with the post and the Shire players protested that he had dropped the ball over the line.
The match officials refused to allow their protest and no goal was awarded but the Dalbeattie goalie did require treatment that lasted some time before he could continue.
Shire tried to force the pace but couldn’t really land a significant blow and they suffered a setback when Ure was shown a straight red card for leading with a high boot when going into a close-range challenge.
The visitors might have claimed three points towards the finish, especially with a Rodgers shot on the turn which forced a sprawling save from Parker and then Sludden was well-placed on the edge of the box but he shot over the bar.
SHIRE : Barclay, MacGregor, Allison(D.Grant 28), Greene, Oliver, Brisbane, Rodgers, Ure, Faulds, Sludden, Ramsay.
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|3||Liam Allison 12||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|6||Steven Brisbane 14||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||David Grant 3||Forward||1||0||0||0|
|14||Andy Grant 6||Defender||0||0||0||0|