GAVIN Price made a winning start to his Elgin City managerial career with a William Hill Scottish Cup success.
City defeated Lowland League Edusport Academy 3-1 at Borough Briggs on Saturday without really hitting top form (see highlights above from William Hill Scottish Cup YouTube channel).
The Black and Whites now play Championship Dumbarton away in the third round.
Price, who was announced two days earlier as City’s new boss to replace Forfar-bound Jim Weir, was without cup-tied loan teenagers Lewis Strapp and Bruce Anderson for the tie.
He handed Ali Sutherland his first start of the season and also kicked off with Jordan Allan in attack, with Jamie Reid and Matthew Cooper on the bench.
Elgin’s opener was a moment of history, with Brian Cameron’s 7th minute strike being the club’s 1000th in all competitions since gaining entry to the Scottish League.
Cameron could also have netted goal 1001 in the second half but saw his penalty kick saved, after Chris McLeish had been fouled.
Some nervy moments followed at 1-0 before Darryl McHardy headed home his first goal of the season with two minutes to go.
Edusport kept pressing on and were rewarded by a Louis Babel goal, before Sutherland finally sealed it in stoppage time.
Elgin 3 (cameron, Mchardy, Ali Sutherland) edusport 1. Made to work all the way against a fit and well drilled side.— Gavin Price (@gavprice74) 14 October 2017
Saturday’s third round draw initially paired Elgin with a trip to face Spartans but an error meant a redraw and they will now visit Dumbarton on November 18.