Moray side crash through the class barrier

Jim Weir – delight for stunning Elgin

Elgin City continued their stunning start to the season last night when they rocked a side two leagues above them to progress into the last eight of a national cup competition.

City emerged 2-0 winners over Alloa in the Petrofac Training Cup at Recreation Park thanks to extra time spot-kick goals from Craig Gunn and Mark McKenzie – and the Moray side were well worthy of their success having hit the post during regulation time.

City have started the season in sparkling form, topping League 2 after two stunning wins – now they head to face East Fife on Saturday with confidence sky-high thanks to their win over the Championship side.

“I am delighted for them because this was not an easy game,” City boss Jim Weir said last night, adding: “Their manager Danny Lennon had made a number of changes that, on paper, had made them weaker than were at the weekend when they lost to Rangers.

“We had to be patient at times and defend for long periods but we have good players who put a huge amount into this match. When you go away from home to a team in a higher league you have to ride your luck at times but my players deserve a lot of credit for getting this result.”

City had been under pressure for much of the match but had the best chance only eight minutes in when McHardy rose to head a Moore corner kick – only to see the ball crash back off a post. When the game went into extra time it was the Moray side who emerged stronger, scoring twice from the penalty spot for a deserving and famous win that promises much for the long season ahead.