Keith Manager Allan Hale’s defence crumbled easily like a cookie as Elgin thrashed them 8-2 in an embarrassing defensive display from the hosts. Plenty of goals to watch but no pies or bovril due to the pie shop strangely being closed.
Inside the first few minutes City were playing smooth build up which was causing Alan Hale’s side major problems and they almost opened the scoring as Ryan Stewart put in a clean challenge to deny Shane Sutherland a brilliant opportunity to shoot.
Then Archie Macphee skillfully darted down the right flank and cut inside to send a delightful cross into the back post but no takers.Soon after Macphee picked up the ball in a dangerous area and slotted the ball just wide of the target.
At the other end, Donald Fraser attempted a volley from close range but he couldn’t get the right connection to send it on target. In the 21st minute, Keith opened the scoring when Luke Barbour played a deadly ball to Michael Ewen who strolled past the Elgin defence with ease and rounded keeper Stewart Black to backheel the ball into the net.
Eleven minutes later Elgin levelled the match through Sutherland’s downward header in his first appearance since returning to the SPFL club from Peterhead.
Not long after City took the lead when Daniel Moore bombed down the right-hand side escaping a challenge and he struck a powerful cross which Keith’s new signing James Brownie sloppily knocked into his own net.
Just before the break, Jim Weir’s side almost extended their lead with Sutherland turning on a six pence to blast a shot which David Dey tremendously saved with his legs.
The play was restarted with City netting their third through Kyle Macleod who ran through the backline and smashed the ball low into the net.
Keith grabbed a goal back when Aaron Scully made a fool of Elgin’s defenders as he found space to hit the ball low into the net.
However things got worse for the hosts as a slack pass by Ryan Robertson meant for the goalie fell straight to Macleod who calmly slotted the ball home to get his second.
Again lacklustre decision-making cost Keith as keeper Dey’s poor kick out landed for Chris McLeish one of City’s new signings from junior side Jeanfield Swifts who blasted the ball into the net.
Substitutes were made which included Dey coming off to be replaced by top keeper Daniel Bell. But Bell couldn’t prevent the scoreline from increasing as he saved RAF Lossiemouth trialist Ben Cullen’s rifle shot, however, Cullen followed up with the rebound which went into the net despite the best efforts of Michael Ralton.
On seventy-one minutes, MacPhee made it 7-2 with a wonder strike from 20 yards which Bell could only get his fingertips onto it.
Then Bell pulled off a superb save as he tipped Cullen’s cross onto the post as it looked goalbound. Near the end of the match, the away side were awarded a spot kick with McLeish stepping up to smashed the ball into the left corner of the net and get his second of the match.
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