Published: 29/01/2018 10:40 - Updated: 29/01/2018 11:01

VIDEO: Irishman happy with winning Elgin debut

DUNDEE United goalkeeper Brett Long was happy to make a quiet debut for Elgin City on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman kept a clean sheet in City's 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir and barely had a save to make.

Belfast boy Long (19) has been farmed out to the Moray club until the end of the season and will compete with Marc Waters for the number one shirt at Borough Briggs.

"It was quiet enough for me but we got the job done, three points and we are climbing up that table and into the play-offs," he said.

"Just getting to know the names it's a bit hard at the start but the friendly game (against Jeanfield Swifts) last week helped.

"You get to know back scenarios and the names and the faces so that was good for me and good for the rest of the players.

"I'll get to know their game and they'll get to know mine. They are a good bunch of boys so I hope to do well here."

Long made one save from a David Marsh header but the Stirling midfielder had already been ruled offside before he headed the ball goalwards.

A first half Chris McLeish goal and a last minute Thomas Reilly penalty made it three wins in a row for Elgin.

City assistant boss Keith Gibson was happy with his debut goalkeeper's performance.

"His starting position was excellent today. I don't recall Stenhousemuir creating any kind of clear-cut opportunities but when he was called upon he was convincing in everything he did.

"His kicking was good into that strong wind in the first half and he was confident and really vocal.

"It's competition for Marc and that's healthy for all positions all over the park."

In Friday's Northern Scot: full interview with Brett Long where he reveals which goalkeeping legend has influenced his game most.

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