It is a heady time for Shire, with their six-point haul matching what they had achieved after the first seven games of last season. Saturday’s Ochilview succcess was also the first time they have kept a clean sheet in six months.
David Greenhill opened the scoring after half an hour played when he converted a Max Wright cross via a post and he added a second before the break with an impressive lob. Greenhill also had a prominent role in his side’s killer third as his cross was turned into his own net by Elgin’s Paul McMullan.
Delighted Shire manager John Coughlin said: “It was a good win and it was really pleasing to keep a clean sheet. To win two games in a row is terrific and will be great for our confidence, but there is a long, hard season ahead.”
Elgin have lost both their opening games and manager Ross Jack said: “Our performance was unacceptable and we need to start doing better.”
Albion Rovers also reached the six-point mark as a blistering first-half display helped them to a 3-0 success away to Clyde. Gary Phillips volleyed in the first goal and Pat Walker scored for the second week running before Phillips netted the third before the break. “When we got the chances we were clinical,” said manager James Ward.
Stirling Albion continued their bright start as they beat pre-season title favourites Peterhead 2-0 at Forthbank. Dale Fulton ran clear to open the scoring on 27 minutes, with Phil Johnston netting the second from 25 yards out to seal victory with quarter of an hour left. The game ended ten a side with Albion’s Jamie Bishop and the Blue Toon’s Andy Rodgers dismissed after a flare-up nine minutes from time.
Annan are another side enjoying a fruitful summer and they built on their opening-day draw at Peterhead by grinding out a 2-1 home win over Montrose. Kenny MacKay and Stephen Black both scored their first goals for the club in the second half before Garry Wood made the hosts sweat with a late penalty.
Berwick swatted aside out-of-sorts Queen’s Park to record a 4-0 success at Shielfield. Michael Keenan sliced a Kenny O’Brien free kick into his own net to start things off and Scott Dalziel headed in a second before half time. Darren Lavery shot home from distance on 68 minutes and then added a fourth for his side six minutes later, with the Spiders having Bernard Coll dismissed for a foul on former team-mate Owen Ronald.