Part 79 – S2 C1 P25 Match Day 15 – East Stirlingshire (A) 8th Dec 2019 15:00

The Falkirk Stadium – Could we be managing here in the next couple of weeks?

Before our Sunday game against East Stirlingshire in Falkirk our Reserves beat BSC Glasgow Res 4-1, Pooler, Devers, Hainey & 16yo left back Austin Donnelly on the scoresheet.

We have also let Rory MacEwan go at a cost of £500 – He was promised game time a while back, played 8 out of 10 games since 16th October. I said I would start him in the next few games (Which I was going to anyway as the tactic suits) and he wouldn’t accept that – So I told my AM to sell or release, good riddance to a not-very-good player.

No news from either East Stirlingshire or Stirling Albion before the game so we continue with our Wing Play formation, which showed a lot of bright points in the last game v Cumbernauld.

After Saturday’s games everything is still pretty tight

If we win today we will go 3rd or 4th, so still all to play for; even though I hope to be moving on soon I obviously still want Civil Service to do well, even if it might be to the detriment of my (possible) new club in East Stirlingshire…..

Newall comes in at left back, Murdoch for Hunter, Churchill as a 2nd Carillero after Clappers suspension. We try again with the wingplay. East Sirlingshire play a 5-2-2-1 Wingbacks so this could be a fair old clash of styles.

First Half Comprehensive Highlights

HT East Stirlingshire 0 Civil Service 1 (Scott Mackay 22)

East Stirlingshire started brightly in the rain, but Civil Service started coming into the game more after 5 minutes, having a few good chances. In the 22nd minute Scott Mackay broke the deadlock, a clearance from a free kick found Balfour, whose short pass found Scott, who powered it into the net to make it 1-0. We looked really good going forward and should really have been 2 or 3 up but the half finished 1-0 – Pretty dominant display so far.

Second Half Comprehensive Highlights

FT East Stirlingshire 0 Civil Service 3 (Scott Mackay 22, Lumsden 50, McVitie 85 ) Att 203 (3 Away)

A brilliant start, in the 50th min lovely interplay, and a Gibb cross found Lumsden who headed home with aplomb. 2-0. McVitie on for Bad to worse for East Stirlingshire, Laing getting a red for kicking out at Burbidge. Mair on for Andrew Mackay. Cairney on for Scott Mackay. It was 3-0 in the 85th minute, McVitie finishing a loose ball comfortably. And we could have had more, but 3-0 it finished. Excitingly good, and definitely makes me think very carefully about taking the East Stirlingshire job if its offered….

Game on for Civil Service – 3rd but with Queen’s Park 5 points clear now and into the 2nd half of the season they are definitely the team to watch. Next up (maybe) is Kelty Hearts, who are 7th but only 2 points behind us at home in 6 days. See you soon.

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