Under-strength Longside lost out against New Elgin

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An under-strength Longside lost out to visitors New Elon on Saturday.

This was a disappointing result for a depleted Longside side that will feel that New Elgin were there for the taking.

It was the away side that got off to the perfect start in the opening minute of this PMAC superleague fixture when Wilson was played through on goal before the forward calmly rounding Mcdonald and slotting the ball into the empty net.

A long throw into the Longside box fell to Riddoch 8 yards out but Daniel saved the day with a brilliant block to prevent New Elgin doubling their lead.

Longside equalised on 12 minutes when New Elgin keeper Wilkinson lost possesion of the ball to Butcher who squared it to an unmarked Tait who slotted home.

McDonald then came to his side’s rescue when he did well to turn a shot from Strathdee round the post for a corner which came to nothing.

Burr then cut in from the left wing and tried his luck from 35 yards with his effort going narowally past the post.

Longside had an appeal for a penalty on the half-hour mark when Ramsay went down under a challenge in the box, the ball broke back to Ramsay but he blazed it over the bar.

Longside were then forced into a change just before the break when Gordon replaced the injured N. Davidson.

New Elgin had a great chance on 48 minutes when Shanks found Wilson in the box but his effort took a deflection that took it just over the bar.

A free-kick floated in by Tait was dummied by Buchan but Wilkinson did well to keep it out.

New Elgin regained the lead on 74 minutes when a corner caused trouble in the Longside defence before the ball fell to Connolly who fired it home from 6 yards.

Butcher came close on 79 minutes when he curled a 20-yard shot just past the post with Wilkinson beaten.

Riddoch had a great chance to increase the lead for New Elgin when he had a free header from a free-kick but his effort went over the bar.

Longside are away to Dyce this Saturday in a league match ko 2pm.

Longside: Mcdonald; Whyte; Daniel; Weir; Buchan; Carr; N Davidson; Burr; Butcher; Ramsay; Tait Subs: Thomson; Gordon; Ferris; Leiper