Published: 08/12/2012 18:14 - Updated: 08/12/2012 18:17

Gunn beats Leslie to Elgin winner

Written byBy Craig Christie

SUPERSUB Craig Gunn is adamant Elgin City’s winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Clyde is his.

Craig Gunn was on target in City's 2-0 win over Queens Park
Craig Gunn claimed Elgin's winner in the 2-1 win against Clyde.

The Black and Whites showed great character to come from behind and win after they had captain David Niven sent off on the hour mark.

Elgin’s deciding strike on 81 minutes was initially credited to Gunn’s strike partner Stuart Leslie, but Gunn revealed he got the final touch.

“It was mine. Stuart went up and challenged the goalkeeper and I followed it in and happily got my toe to it,” he said.

“I think Stuart knows it’s mine. He swung for it at the same time but he hit my foot, whereas the ball hot my toe and went in.

“It doesn’t matter who scores the goals, it’s all about the three points and this was a good win for us.”

Leslie did get Elgin’s first goal in a scrappy contest at Borough Briggs – though he didn’t know too much about it.

After City trailed to a Mark Nicolson own goal after 30 minutes, they were fortunate when a clearance by Clyde’s Pat Scullion rebounded off Leslie and rocketed back past a stunned visiting keeper.

It remained 1-1 at the break, with Clyde having the better of the chances.

But Elgin hopes seemed to take a huge dent when skipper Niven picked up a second booking and walked.

The Black and Whites rolled up their sleeves and looked the more dangerous team with a man short.

Daniel Moore and Sean Crighton both came close before Gunn – who had replaced Dennis Wyness in the second half – came up with the winner.

He surged forward and hit a shot which looped up in the air off a defender, before Leslie beat keeper Jamie Barclay in an aerial battle and Gunn picked up the scraps in front of goal.

Manager Ross Jack said: “I’ve got to praise them so highly. This was another tough encounter in a hard week for the players but they acquitted themselves so well.

“The way we got the ball down and passed it after Niv’s red card, you would have thought it was us who had the extra man.”

Niven will now miss City’s trip to Hampden next Saturday for another big promotion battle against Queen’s Park.

vElgin: Gibson, Niven, Harkins, Crighton, Duff, Cameron, Wyness (Gunn 65), O’Donoghue, Leslie, Nicolson, Moore. Subs: Beveridge, McMullan, Millar, Black.

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