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Sutherland nets again as City make their point

By Craig Christie

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ELGIN City battled for a point at Annan to continue their good start to the season.

Shane Sutherland scored again. Photo: Bob Crombie
Shane Sutherland scored again. Photo: Bob Crombie

The injury-hit Black and Whites even took the lead through Shane Sutherland's eighth goal of the campaign before their hosts quickly levelled.

City are now locked in a five-way tie for the League 2 leadership, sitting second behind leaders Cove Rangers on goal difference.

Manager Gavin Price handed a debut to Caley Thistle teenager Daniel MacKay, captured onloan along with goalkeeper Daniel Hoban who was on the bench.

Defender Andy McDonald was passed fit but shoulder injuries kept Darryl McHardy and Owen Loveland out while Brian Cameron and Conor O'Keefe are also out injured and Rabin Omar was away on international duty in Iraq.

Looking to build on their opening day win over Cowdenbeath and the dramatic Tunnock's Cup success over Hibs colts in midweek, City competed well in a scrappy contest at Galabank.

Annan had slightly the better of the chances in the first half but the sides went in at the break without scoring.

It was late in the game before Elgin made a breakthrough, pouncing on the break from an Annan free kick at the other end for Sutherland to slot home and continue his superb scoring start with a 76th minute strike.

Their lead lasted just five minutes with Matty Douglas heading in from a corner to equalise.

Both teams had goals disallowed in a frantic finish with City also hitting the woodwork, but a point from their long journey south was good business done, especially with a depleted team.

Price now takes his team to Brechin on Tuesday night for the next round of the Tunnock's Cup, before they welcome Stenhousemuir to Borough Briggs on league business on Saturday.

Elgin: McHale, Wilson, Spark (McGowan 72), McDonald, Bronsky, Dingwall, Cooper, MacEwan, Hester (Sopel 89), Sutherland, MacKay (Willis 85). Subs: Ballam, Scott, Hoban.

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