Ladbrokes League 2 
April 22, 2017, 3:00 pm
Elgin City
2 - 2
Stirling Albion
Borough Briggs
Attendance: 785
Referee: Ryan Milne

Match Report

Elgin hit back from two goals down in a dramatic second half at Borough Briggs to effectively end our play-off hopes.

The first period was largely a non-event but we scored twice early in the second half through Darren Smith and Dylan Bikey and looked on course for a fifth straight away win.

Sub Jamie Reid pulled one back and skipper Archie MacPhee equalised two minutes from time to rescue a point for Jim Weir’s men, who have now dropped out of the top four after 10 matches without a victory.

Liam Caddis had a glorious to chance to grab a winner deep into stoppage time when the ball broke to him at the back post but the full-back dragged his shot wide.

Binos boss Dave Mackay made four changes to the team beaten 3-0 by Cowdenbeath the previous week, with Ross McMillan, Calvin Colquhoun, Connor McLaren and Dylan Nguene Bikey replacing Ross Forsyth, Sean Dickson (injured in training on Thursday), Blair Henderson and Ross Kavanagh

Ross Smith, Frazer Wright, Willie Robertson, Jack McCue and Andy Little were again sidelined as we aimed to complete a Borough Briggs double, having won 3-2 in Mackay’s first game in charge back in November.

Almost nothing of note happened in the first half until just before the break when City missed two good chances – Chris McLeish steered a shot past the post when he should have scored then Darryl McHardy came close with a header.

Albion looked a different team in the second half and McLaren’s shot was deflected just wide before we broke the deadlock in 53 minutes. Bikey picked out the unmarked Darren Smith and he steered the ball past Marc Waters for his 12th goal of the season.

It was 2-0 just four minutes later and this time the roles were reversed. Smith provided the assist with a cross from the left and Bikey produced a terrific finish for his first goal since returning on loan from Hearts and his 10th overall.

Stirling looked in control but Reid fired home following a corner midway through the second half and that lifted Elgin, who saw plenty of the ball in the closing stages.

They equalised when MacPhee found the corner from 20 yards in 88 minutes as they drew at home for the fifth match in a row and denied Albion what would have been a crucial win with just two more games remaining.

Elgin City: Waters, Cooper, MacPhee, McHardy, Nicolson, Reilly, Dodd (Smith 78) Cameron, McLeish, Gunn (A Sutherland 61), Moore (Reid 61). Subs (not used): Mackay (GK), Stewart, Sinnamon, Bruce.

Goals: Reid 69, MacPhee 88

Stirling Albion: C Smith, Caddis, McGeachie, McMillan, Quigley, Black, Colquhoun, Morrison (Jeffries 70), McLaren (Kavanagh 70), Nguene Bikey (Henderson 70) D Smith. Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), Mills, McMullan, Forsyth.

Goals: D Smith 53, Nguene Bikey 57

Referee: Ryan Milne

Crowd: 785