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    Preview Elgin City CIS Cup game 

    Tuesday, August 05, 2008 2:38:07 AM

    Tonight I’d like to welcome Robbie Williamson, Kenny Gilbert, the players, directors and any fans of Elgin City FC who have made the long journey down for tonight’s CIS cup tie. I’m writing this report prior to the first league Saturday of the season and hope that we both managed to start with a win in what were difficult away matches.
    Last season we lost all three cup ties we played and we are fortunate enough to have improved on that record already with a fine victory against Dundee in the Challenge Cup in a game that we could have easily lost. Thankfully when we were under pressure in the first half our defence held firm and when required “Jellie” made some excellent saves. I felt we played much better in the second half and took advantage of Dundee’ injury problems at centre back with 2 well headed goals. Despite losing a late goal we held out comfortably and were delighted to start the season with a win. There were many exceptional performances on the day, notably from our keeper and back four as well as Jamie who managed to score the decisive goal but as always victories are won as a team and every player played his part. I thought Andy Ferguson and Andy Scott both made a significant impact when they came on but that was after Broonie and Kyle had worked their back four hard for an hour, which definitely helped. Our squad, in my opinion, has improved this season despite the loss of several important players but the major factor this season needs to be some of the youth players making a breakthrough to the first team squad. I have been very impressed with Jamie Hay and Connor O’Boyle already and believe that Mark Ferguson, Ally Forster, Stevie Barker, Craig Duncan, Allan McKenzie, Hugh Kerr and Martin O’Neill are all capable. To make the youth system work the club needs funding and I would like to express my thanks to all those involved in the organisation and applaud those who played in the legends game. I was unable to attend but understand that the event was a success with a good day had by all, including our goalkeeping coach “Ally” who managed to save a couple of penalties in the shoot out after a 2 all draw. With the park we now have a facility, which should assist in bringing a greater bond between our fans and the club – thanks again to all those involved.

    Last season we struggled for results when we were involved in competitive midweek matches but I expect us now to be better prepared and there is no doubt that the competition that offers the club the greatest opportunity to benefit financially is the CIS cup which makes tonight’s game vitally important for the club in terms of potential revenue – the same of course applies to our opponents who will also be looking for the opportunity to progress. We will give Elgin the utmost respect and will have had them watched on Saturday but tonight is a game where I expect our players to be too strong for our opponents – the defeat of the much fancied Ayr United at East Stirling is a wonderful example of the dangers of playing teams from the lower league and will ensure that we have no complacency tonight.

    I thank you as always for your support and hope you enjoy tonight’s game.

    Allan Maitland - Team Manager

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