Published: 07/12/2013 18:19 - Updated: 11/12/2013 12:24

City stay strong to keep Berwick at bay

Written byChris Saunderson

Elgin City 2, Berwick Rangers 0

SHANE Sutherland fired a first half double as Elgin City made it back to back wins at home.

Two goal hero Shane Sutherland.
Two goal hero Shane Sutherland.

Sutherland's two goals secured a terrific three points against a good Berwick Rangers side who can count themselves unfortunate not to take something from an open game.

City rode their luck in the opening exchanges and Jamie Duff cleared one effort off the line for the Borough Briggs side.

However, Elgin stepped up a gear in the closing 15 minutes of the first half and produced some great football.

Sutherland blasted home after controlling Sean Crighton's long ball eight minutes before the break.

Berwick believed Sutherland was offside in the build up to that goal and boss Ian Little's vociferous protestations continued in the tunnel at half-time and saw him despatched to the stand in the second half.

Sutherland came close two minutes before the interval when his fierce header was brilliantly tipped over by Rangers keeper Billy Bald.

However, the ex-Inverness striker was not to be denied and after terrific wing play by Ross McKinnon he calmly slid the ball into the net with the last kick of the half.

Elgin had to defend stoutly after the interval as Berwick pushed them back for long periods.

Sub Dean Hoskins saw his header rebound off a post and fall straight to City keeper Ray Jellema.

Paul McMullan then hacked the ball off the goal-line after a scramble in the box.

And Berwick knew it was not going to be their day when Jellemma pulled off a stunning save to tip a Lee Currie free kick onto his crossbar late on.

Jamie Duff was pleased to help keep a clean sheet.

Elgin boss Ross Jack said: "It was a tough game. I thought we took a wee while to settle down but took the game by the scruff of the neck 10 minutes before half time.

"They(Berwick) had a couple of opportunities eary in the first half which we were lucky to survive.

"A clean sheet is great. They are a very good team and caused us a number of problems.

"Our attitude was perfect and there was a definite desire not to concede and two great goals from Shane, so I am delighted for him."

"We changed things last Saturday and pushed him up front (against Queens Park) and Shane was red hot in training all week.

"We just need to keep injury and suspension free and we can mount a serious challenge. If we can get everybody fit and available we have a decent outfit here."

City defender Jamie Duff said: "I thought Ray deserved a clean sheet because he pulled off a cracking save at the end.

"We were under the cosh a wee bit in the first half but we played some great football in the 15 minutes up to half time.

"We were lucky at times which we haven't been of late. We defended well as a team today."

Elgin: Jellemma, Niven, McMullan, Crighton, Duff, Gunn, McKinnon (Cameron), Wyness (Urquhart). Not used: McLeod, Beveridge, Harkins, Khutsishvilli, Black.

Crowd: 543.

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