Edinburgh City return to winning ways as James McDonaugh hints at new arrivals

Citizens come from behind to post win at Ochilview

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 1:52 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th January 2020, 1:55 pm
Scott Shepherd bagged the winner for City at Ochilview

Edinburgh City returned to winning ways after coming from a goal down to see off Stenhousemuir 2-1 at Ochilview.

David Hopkirk had given the Warriors at 12th-minute lead but second-half goals from Danny Handling and Scott Shepherd sealed a precious three points for James McDonaugh’s Ladbrokes League Two title-chasing side.

The win keeps the Citizens five points adrift of leaders Cove Rangers, who were 2-0 winners over Annan Athletic. The two sides go head to head at Balmoral Stadium next month.

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McDonaugh admitted the hosts were the better side in the first half but got the response he was looking for after a few choice words at half-time.

“We want to take our second-half performance into the whole game next week but we’ll focus on the positives,” McDonaugh explained. “It was a great comeback and at half-time we probably would have settled for a point. But to come away with three points, from a difficult place, against a team who have been doing well recently, is really pleasing. It augurs well going forward.”

McDonaugh revealed he hopes to add to his squad this week in a bid to boost their title chances.

“We’ve got a few boys who have been out injured but are looking forward coming back into the squad. We’ll also try and get one or two fresh faces in as well.”

Striker Shepherd, whose sixth goal of the season proved to be the winner, said: “We were a totally different team in the second half. We were on the front foot, we wanted to make things happen so I think that’s what got us the win. I was really pleased to get the goal too.”

Stenhousemuir: Smith, Tiffoney, Wilson, Munro, McLaughlin, Hopkirk, McBrearty (McBride 73), Blair, Moore, Spence (Massoughou 86), McGuigan (Biabi 79). Subs: Burns, Armstrong, Watters, Marley.

Edinburgh City: Martin, Thomson, Balatoni, Wilson, L Henderson, Sinclair (Kane 82), Crane, Laird, Harris (Brown 90), Shepherd (Court 86), Handling. Subs: Beveridge, Quate, Hall, Newman.

Referee: Peter Stuart

Attendance: 502