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5 hours ago, AlansHotBath said:

Good to see the club have announced plans to live-stream games this season, with the first game against CSS free

https://mobile.twitter.com/TheShireFC/status/1313242841775247360

The live streams last year were good quality, although at times a bit laggy. However, the chance to see games live outweighed any minor technical issues.

The fact that they have been 'working on a suitable streaming serivce' sounds good. I would love them to have the ability to show replays and even another camera angle or two. The home game against Edinburgh Uni had a camera set up behind one of the goals and it just gives you a different perspective on everything. 

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Firstly I blame the Official Catch-Up guys, predicting goals galore in a game inevitably leads it to be a low-scoring dud.

While not a classic, I felt like this was the type of game we would have lost 1-0 last year, and we have 3 points to start the season with which is ideal. Our new keeper, and Gibbons in the middle of the park, both looked like good additions when called on, which admittedly was rarely given how little Civil offered going forward.

The streaming quality is really good, will happily pay for that this season.

 

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Also thought Craig Henderson had a decent game on the 'Shire left wing. McColm formed a calm and controlled central defensive partnership with captain for the day Taps.

Strollers set their stall out with a 532 formation which later adapted to a 451. They worked well at it and proved to be stuffy and hard to break down as usual. They will be a hard nut to crack for a good few teams in this league.

Rodgers substitution gave us the extra push when he came on.

Happy with the opening day win and looking fwd to Nicky Low returning to the team.

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Usual first game back took us a while to find our stride, Second Half we pretty much dominated like the sign of Gibbons in the middle hope he can create a partnership with Low.

Games coming thick and fast, important we build momentum 

 

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Our first win on the first day of a league season since a Lloyd Kinnaird goal in a 1-0 win v East Fife in 2015 and that is by far and away the most important thing. 

I think we were comfortably the better team until we scored then we just shut up shop and they had a few reasonable chances towards the end. I had to have emergency eye surgery in March and honestly, after watching that game on Saturday and the 2 Scotland games I wish i'd just gone blind. Eye bleeding stuff for a lot of it 😂. The first half was quite cagey, we didn't really create anything but Jamie Dishington had a great chance to put us 1 up from around 10 yards out but his touch was poor and allowed the defender to make a great block. Civil played 5 at the back and just punted balls down the line for their striker to chase. There were a few heated moments and scuffles breaking out which was good to see, I was scared the games might be a bit half hearted without the fans and the guidelines surrounding the game but both teams went full pelt for it and fair play to both for that.

Shire upped the anti in the second half, the Civil keeper made a wonder save from a Reis Peggie shot but apart from that the Shire didn't really create anything purposeful until Rodgers and Brown came on as replacements for Young and Kearney. We had a lot of play down the wings but our final ball was disappointing a lot of the time and despite having about a million corners we didn't really create much from them. The closest was a looped header from Tapping that was cleared of the line then one where their defender directed it goalwards and it was hacked off the line again by a man on the post. Ross Connolly in the shire goals misjudged a corner, he did this a few times, and the Civil centre half couldn't direct it into the empty net. That was a huge let off and Civil were made to pay as Rodgers put a wonderful free kick on the 6 yard line for Brown to slide it under the keeper. Watching it live the ball seemed to take an eternity to go in but after watching it again it was a great finish by Brown and the only moment of real quality in a cagey match. Shire then defended resolutely for the last 5 mins but Connolly had to make a great save to tip a header over the bar and thank god big Faye has two left feet as he failed to connect with two good chances that could've snatched a point for Civil.

From a Shire perspective, Connolly is a step up from Barclay. People seem to think Barclay will be a big loss but I really don't think he will. Barclay is a great guy and his loyalty to the Shire was superb but hes been on a bit of a downward curve for a good year and a half now. We conceded over a goal a game last year and you can't do if you want to even attempt to challenge at the top. He obviously wasn't to blame for all the goals but we conceded a lot of soft goals and I don't think he filled the back 4 with confidence. Connolly commanded his area well and showed good hands throughout the game. His rash decisions to come for corners can be forgotten after his great save at the end. He has still not conceded a goal for us and the defence looked a lot more stable than it has been in recent years.

McColm and Tapping strolled the game, Tapping is perhaps the best central defender in the league - as long as the ball isn't at his feet haha. They mopped up everything at the back and looked a good partnership. Malone is our vice captain though so I wonder if McColm may make way for him at some point. Orr was his usual reliable self and I really enjoyed watching Wylde at Left back. He could develop a really solid relationship with Henderson and we could be a powerful unit down the left wing if things click between those two.

Dish was a bit disappointing but only because of the high standards he set himself last year. He plays on confidence so he just needs a bit of luck then i'm sure everything will fall into place for him. Henderson on the other wing was decent but I felt like he isolated himself a bit too much. He needs to hold the ball up for Wylde to overlap and create one on ones for himself but he showed glimpses of quality and that was good. Peggie and Gibbons controlled the midfield but maybe lacked he creativity that Low adds. I wonder if we'll stick with 4-4-2 tomorrow or change to a 4-5-1 to accommodate Low as I feel it would be harsh to drop either of them after Saturday.

Young and Kearney up top were ineffectual but they were feeding of scraps and were always surrounded and man marked by numerous Civil defenders. Brown is just a class above most players in this league and once he gets up to full fitness i'm sure he'll be starting. Rodgers had a great game too, he wont be able to play 90 mins but as an impact sub he still has an important part to play in the squad.

Overall a 6/10 performance but 3 points is the important thing. Civil are always a difficult team to play against. I thought they were declining but after that performance I think they'll be top half this year. BSC and Kelty will not enjoy playing them in the coming days. For Shire we need to back up that performance by defeating Edinburgh Uni and Dalbeattie on Saturday, a game I think will be very difficult. 3 wins from 3 is what we need but hopefully we can get a couple confidence boosting victories before taking on EK on the 28th. I don't think goal difference will be as big a factor this year due to the increased quality in the league but it would be good to put a few past Edinburgh Uni tomorrow. 

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On 08/07/2020 at 19:48, Andy groundhopper said:

Cracking ground, why no stewards behind the goal ? They look an unruly mob !

Great ground. St Mirren never won there , ever, but I still loved the place !

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On 01/07/2020 at 19:46, craigiemack said:

Apparently Mackin now has dementia. Made the news last year so harassing the lawyers of his wife during their divorce case.

I used to know big Mackin about 35 years back when he ran his fathers glaziers business in Renfrew. When you spoke to him on the day after a game he would always talk about the opponents he'd fouled and laugh about it. I've seen him at a few St Mirren games over the last few seasons , seems a shadow of the man he was . 

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1 hour ago, billyg said:

I used to know big Mackin about 35 years back when he ran his fathers glaziers business in Renfrew. When you spoke to him on the day after a game he would always talk about the opponents he'd fouled and laugh about it. I've seen him at a few St Mirren games over the last few seasons , seems a shadow of the man he was . 

shame he was an arsehole (better words I could use)  to our club 

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No Low or Brown tonight which isn't great. Rodgers starts ahead of Kearney in our only change to Saturdays team. Was hoping we could maybe put 5 or 6 goals past them tonight and finish the night top of the league but can't see that happening without Low and Brown. We'll probably lose 1-0 now I've said that. 

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Having watched bits of the Bonnyrigg and Civil games I can only imagine the state of the weather at the game tonight so fair play to all the lads for getting the win. Edinburgh Uni will struggle this year I reckon but they've only conceded 6 goals in two games against Shire and Kelty so they seem to have tightened up a bit. Any less than 6 points from our first two games would've been very disappointing, and although the scorelines haven't been convincing its great to see us in the top 3 this early in the season. We have been without Nicky Low which will obviously hinder our attacking strength but 2 clean sheets on the bounce is good going. Ross Connolly still hasn't conceded a goal while playing for us. Another huge game on Saturday away to Dalbeattie ,who will no doubt be another difficult team to break down, but a win there would set us up nicely for the East Kilbride game. 

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1 hour ago, forrie_1 said:

2 wins in our first 2 games, when was the last time this happened !

1 hour ago, forrie_1 said:

 

The same thought crossed my mind earlier.

I had a look and it was 2013/14 when we won our opening 3 League games :- 3-1 away to Queen's Park, 3-0 at home to Elgin City and 3-1 away to Stirling Albion. Unsurprisingly that run took as to the top of the 3rd Division. All that seems an age ago now.

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Another big game today and well done to the club for *hopefully* getting a live stream on as long as the 4G in cowboy country holds up. Dalbeattie is traditionally a bogey place for us but we got a resounding win there last season and hopefully that builds confidence going into this. 

My worry is the travel down there and how that will effect our preparations. 3 hours driving in a car before playing isn't what they are used to but it would be disappointing if that resulted in a poor performance.

Any win will do, 3 wins out of 3 for the first time since 2013 would set us up very nicely for East Kilbride next week. Cmon Shire !

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We're lucky to be up 1-0 at half time here. Dalbeattie have been the better side and have missed a few decent chances.

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Final scoreline was harsh on Dalbeattie. I thought they were the better team in the first half, although Shire definately improved in the second. We really lacked creativity in the first half, particularly with Low and Brown missing, and Dishington well below what he's capable of.

A few of our new signings have had impressive starts, but I have particularly liked what I've seen of Connelly in goals. A definate step-up from a declining Barclay last season, and yet to concede a goal - can't improve on that as a keeper!

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The last time we won our opening 3 games of the season.

What a team. So many great days that season, still can't believe we ended up finishing 8th after the start we had, its actually a shame that the players chucked it as soon as we fell out of the playoffs because we certainly were better than our 8th place suggests. A lot of 'what if?' moments that year that could've changed not only the clubs season but the clubs future.  

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The last time we won our opening 3 games of the season.
What a team. So many great days that season, still can't believe we ended up finishing 8th after the start we had, its actually a shame that the players chucked it as soon as we fell out of the playoffs because we certainly were better than our 8th place suggests. A lot of 'what if?' moments that year that could've changed not only the clubs season but the clubs future.  
Michael Bolo. What a player

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