SPFL sides prepare for competitive action as friendlies continue: League Two Round-Up

Annan

Peter Murphy’s Annan Athletic took his side to Gretna to play in the Raydale Cup over the weekend. On Saturday, English side Workington Town were the opponents and the Galabank side lost out 1-0. On the Sunday, they played hosts Gretna 2008. This time, Peter Murphy’s charges came out on the right side with a 4-1 victory against the Lowland League side. No goalscorers have been released from this match, but a worthwhile weekend I am sure for the new gaffer.

Berwick

Berwick played English opponenets at Shielfield Park on Saturday when Morpeth came to town. It was a 0-0 draw for John Coughlin’s side who face Hibernian at home in the last of their pre-season fixtures before the competitive action starts on Saturday.

Clyde

Jim Chapman saw his side lose out 2-1 to newly relegated League One side Raith Rovers. Liam Buchanan fired the Kirkcaldy club in front before a David Goodwillie penalty levelled matters after a Rovers player handled the ball inside his own area., However, an own goal by Max Wright from a corner kick was the difference on Saturday afternoon as Raith ran out 2-1 victors.

Edinburgh City

The Ronnie Swan Trophy at Ainslie Park was the destination for Edinburgh City’s next set of pre-season fixtures. With two games in 2 days, it was mixed teams with a lot of trialists on show for Gary Jardine’s men. In the Saturday match, Edinburgh drew 1-1. It was Craig Beattie who had fired City ahead but the Hibees equalised in the second half. However, on Sunday, it was a different story for the League Two side. A 5-1 defeat to a young Hearts side ended a disappointing weekend for the Capital club. A trialist fired Edinburgh in front early on but an Andy Irving double plus goals from Callum Morrison, Lewis Moore and an own goal sealed victory for the Jam Tarts.

Elgin

A 2-0 victory over Inverness saw Jim Weir’s men get a confidence boost ahead of the BetFred Cup kicking off this weekend,, with an away trip to Championship side Dunfermline. Gaolscoring midfielder Brian Cameron opened the scoring for City before Jamie Reid secured the win with a second over a reasonable strong and experienced Caley Thistle side.

Montrose

The Gable Endies went down 2-0 at home to local rivals Brechin on Saturday as the sun shone at Links Park. Ally Love scored a quick fire double for Darren Dods’ men to seal a friendly victory over Stewart Petrie’s side who will now get ready for the BetFred Cup which kicks off on Saturday.

Peterhead

Peterhead had two games in 24 hours over the course of the weekend as they step-up their preparations for this weekend’s BetFred Cup beginning. With the Blue Toon “edging out” Highland League side Fraserburgh on Saturday, they announced on their website that they had defeated a “full-strength” Dundee United side 2-0 in a closed doors friendly on Sunday despite them resting several key players including Greg Fleming, David McCracken, Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson. Sunday’s goalscorers were announced as Mason Robertson and Russell McLean.

Stenhousemuir

Stenny played Indian Second Tier side Real Kashmir on Saturday as Brown Ferguson’s side ran out 6-0 winners. A comfortable win for the League Two side which saw ex-Alloa and Stranraer hitman Jamie Longworth open the scoring for the hosts. He quickly followed this up with his and Stenhousemuir’s second of the afternoon. Just over midway into the first period and Martin Scott made it 3-0. A penalty was to follow after Longworth was fouled but it wasn’t the striker who stepped up to take it – Mark McGuigan, signed from Stranraer this summer – cooly slotted the kick away to give Stenny an unassailable lead and it was in fact McGuigan himself who grabbed the match ball with a double in the second half to seal the victory.

Speaking after the match, to WarriorsTV, manager Brown Ferguson said: “It was a very pleasing. Performance. We had a lot of the ball today so we had to use it well and we did. We created a lot of chances while scoring a number of good goals. It was a pre-season friendly so we weren’t really that interested in the outcome but our ball retention was good, our speed of play was good, we created a lot of good chances and we saw a number of departments in which we were weak in, improving. While we weren’t severely tested, we were switched on and sniffed out danger quickly so overall, a very pleasing performance.”

Stirling

A closed-doors game occurred at Forthbank Stadium on Saturday between Stirling and East Fife. Despite a division separating the sides, it was the League Two side who came up trumps with a 4-1 victory. Ex-St Johnstone midfielder Liam Caddis scored the opener before Darren Smith doubled the Binos lead before half-time. Paul Willis pulled a goal back before Sean Dickson and Peter MacDonald secured the victory for Dave Mackay’s men in this impressive result against their League One opponents.

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