Published: 10/02/2018 19:49 - Updated: 10/02/2018 19:54

Elgin hit back for more home comforts

FOUR home wins in a row prove Elgin City are making Borough Briggs a hard place to come and get a result once more.Elgin City

City came from behind to defeat Annan Athletic 2-1 on Saturday with goals by Thomas Reilly and St Mirren loan defender Andrew McDonald.

Elgin boss Gavin Price said he was delighted by a solid all-round display by his team and a continuation of good form on home soil.

“I'm really happy today. It was never going to be an easy game,” he said.

“Conceding an early goal against Annan can cause you headaches so I was delighted to get one back quickly. They’re adept at sitting in. From then on we dominated, certainly in the second half.

“The home form is the best in the league and that’s something we have to take advantage of. We can’t slip up and need to maximise our points at home.”

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Annan scored first with a 7th minute Steven Swinglehurst before Reilly finished off good work by the impressive Ali Sutherland to level four minutes later.

Elgin dominated after that but couldn't turn their superiority into scoring chances on a regular basis.

Teenager McDonald was denied his first senior goal by a goalmouth block and sub Declan Byrne forced a brilliant save out of Anna keeper Alex Mitchell.

But home persistence was rewarded when the lively Chris McLeish nodded a corner kick across for McDonald to head home at the other post on 73 minutes.

Elgin finished the game with ten men after defender Cammy Eadie limped off with a gashed leg on 84 minutes when all home subs had already been used.

Another injury setback for the Black and Whites came when Chris Dodd hurt his shoulder just five minutes after coming on as sub and had to be taken for x-rays on a possible broken collar bone.

Manager Price praised ex-Caley Thistle man Sutherland for the impact he made on the match.

“(He) was excellent in both sides of his game, his work-rate and his end product. 

“Ali provided that setting up the first goal and was heavily involved in both halves. He’s getting better and fulfilling the potential he’s always had.”

Elgin remain on home soil for the next match against leaders Montrose on Saturday.

Elgin: Long, Cooper, Allan, McDonald, Eadie, McGovern, Smith (Dodd 56, Byrne 62), Reilly, McLeish (McHardy 77), Cameron, Sutherland. Subs: Ferguson, Bronsky, Trialist, Waters.

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