Scorers: Lossie: Scott 30, McNichol 36, Rogers 77. Elgin City: Cameron 25, Niven 32, Kaczan 85
Paul Kaczan saved Elgin’s blushes with a power header to deny a makeshift Lossiemouth victory in this derby friendly.
The match, which was organised to raise money for a new stand at Grant Park, was keenly contested from start to finish and it was Highland League Lossie who emerged with all the credit.
As expected they were fired up for action, but it was City who netted first through young Cameron, after the home defence made a hash of trying to clear a Crooks corner.
Sloppy defending allowed Shawn Scott to turn and rifle a low shot under the dive of young keeper Robertson from the edge of the area.
David Niven quickly made it 2-1, converting a one-on-one with ex-Elgin keeper Charlie Fox. But Elgin were again sloppy in defence when Scott managed to break clear on the right and cross for the unmarked McNicoll to head home at the back post.
Both teams made a number of changes in the second half, with Elgin sub Forbes hitting the post from a pass by fellow replacement MacKay. At the other end young Robertson did well to deny Scott on two occasions, having earlier made a smart save from McIntosh. Scott then hit the bar from a corner with Elgin at sixes and sevens.
It was no surprise when the Coasters took the lead on 77 minutes. Former Elgin youth Ross Archibald came off the bench to cross for another sub Rogers to bundle home. Rogers hit the post with an easy chance to wrap it all up, and with Lossie dreaming of a famous win over their Moray rivals, Kaczan popped up with a superb header from a MacKay corner in the closing minutes.
Elgin City team: Paul Robertson, Allan Dempsie, David A Craig, Paul Kaczan, Steven Fraser, Davie Calder, Jason Crooks, David Niven, Craig Frizzel, Mark Nicolson, Brian Cameron. Subs all used: Danny McLeod, Calum Forbes, Duncan McPhee, Stephen McKenzie, Ryan Geddes, Gary Tweedie, David Wilson, Kieran Wilkinson.
All photos courtesy of Robert Crombie, Elgin City club photographer