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Sten gunner Chris hails killer debut; IRN-BRU DIVISION 3.

Byline: ARTHUR McTAGUE REPORTS

STENNY 4

ELGIN 2

CHRIS McLEOD enjoyed the debut strike that clinched Stenny's win.

The big defender made a dream first start for the Ochilview side and bagged the killer fourth goal as the Warriors got their title challenge back on track.

McLeod said: "It was great to score. I played in a bounce game during the week and we practised set-pieces.

"When John Ovenstone headed the ball back across goal I was just delighted to get on the end of it. Let's hope there are more goals to come.

"I came here to be in with a chance of winning the title so I'm happy to have contributed to a win in my first game."

Stenny shocked the visitors after 40 seconds when Jordan Smith stroked home the rebound after Andy McNulty had spilled Willie Lyle's drive.

It was 2-0 in 31 minutes when Scott Dalziel headed in Lyle's cross to notch his 10th goal of the season.

Elgin hit back with a quick double after the break. Kenny Wright netted the rebound after Scott Bennet had tipped aDavid Craig flick on to the bar then Wright chipped the keeper to square the match .

Robert Love fired the home side back in front in the 58th minute and McLeod headed No.4 from close range after Ovenstone had returned the ball to the box after an Iain Thomson corner.

When Craig Campbell was shown a second yellow card for fouling Ovenstone 11 minutes from time there was no way back for the visitors.

Stenny manager John Coughlin said: "We were well on top but fell asleep when we lost two goals after the restart.

"I'm happy to have scored four goals and it was a massive improvement on last week."

New Elgin boss Ross Jack said: "When we went a goal down in 40 seconds I thought 'Welcome to the manager's chair,' but the lads did well to equalise. They'll learn what I require from them in the weeks ahead."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 2, 2009
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