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|October 12, 2018||7:35 pm||Challenge Cup||2018/19||90'|
An unbelievable performance saw us defeat League 1 leaders Arbroath
Lights, cameras, action! Our live TV debut had all of that as we recorded one of our best ever results against League 1 leaders Arbroath.
Despite the blustery conditions the pitch at Gayfield Park was immaculate and this really suited our passing style. City dominated possession straight from kick off however it was the hosts who took the lead, a long ball catching out our defence and McKenna was able to roll the ball past Calum Antell to score.
There was a lot of head scratching going on amongst the City followers as to ho we were behind, however the lead only lasted until the 26th minute, when after yet another stramash in the Arbroath box, Blair Henderson was brought down and the big striker dusted himself off the smash home the penalty kick.
It was no more than City deserved on the balance of play and it could have been more with the front two of Shepherd and Henderson both coming close, however Arbroath ended the half with a couple of decent chances themselves, firstly a long range drive whistled last the post then they forced a smart save from Antell.
City kept their momentum into the second half and despite the setback of Danny Handling having to be replaced by Allan Smith early in the half, they went ahead in the 55th minute when a slick passing move saw Marc Laird cut the ball back for Blair Henderson and his shot was helped into the net by Scott Shepherd, creating bedlam from the City Ultras behind the goal!
Shepherd was on fire he could have had a second shortly after but he just couldn’t connect with Graham Taylor’s low driven cross. Ten minutes later however his strong running into the box drew a rash challenge and it was penalty number two. Once again the Ice Man Blair Henderson stepped up and dispatched the spot kick. There were too performers all over the pitch and it was no surprise when a fourth goal was added in the 78th minute, Liam “The Shark” Henderson powering in a header from Craig Thomson’s corner kick.
Overall a superb performance which gives us a quarter final to look forward to and is another step on our wonderful journey this season. Everyone played their part in the victory and a special mention must go to the travelling City supporters, who’s backing was magnificent – their support is massively appreciated by everyone at the club.
MAN OF THE MATCH: MARC LAIRD
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