REPORT: Arbroath held by Shire after lifeless clash

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Arbroath were held to a goalless draw by East Stirlingshire on Tuesday night in a turgid League Two clash.

It was a game that didn’t kick into life until the last 15 minutes, but the Lichties still had more than enough chances to claim three points.

The hosts almost took an early lead as Andy Munro met Jamie Reid’s corner with a fierce header, but the second minute effort was just over Richie Barnard’s crossbar.

Arbroath welcomed back Bobby Linn and Jordan Lowdon following injuries and the wingers were the best attacking outlets for Todd Lumsden’s side, with Kane Hester up front also looking lively.

The interplay between that trio and Reid was neat and tidy but it didn’t often result in clear chances.

Shire had a great chance inside the quarter hour mark but Scott Ferries couldn’t connect with Neil McCabe’s whipped cross to the back post.

Hester then turned Linn’s volley wide of the near post after Lowdon had bust a gut to get an excellent cross off despite falling to the turf.

Reid and Lowdon then traded chances before Shaun Rutherford lifted a free kick on the corner of the penalty area over the bar.

Shire then enjoyed plenty of pressure but didn’t test Allan Fleming, before Linn and Lowdon had the best chances of the half right before the break.

Reid lit up a frozen Gayfield with some lovely skill on the ball after the interval, sending his subsequent shot just wide of the target.

Arbroath had all the pressure but didn’t carve anything out, and Michael McMullin almost punished them with a stunning curled effort, but Fleming’s save was equally impressive.

Josh Skelly, Darren Ramsay and Keiran Stewart came off the bench and brought bags of energy with them.

It was Skelly who missed the best chance of the game shortly after, scuffing a shot wide from close range after Ramsay ha went on a winding run through the middle.

Hester then missed an opportunity of his own, turning Linn’s cross somehow past the post.

Linn had two superb chances to win the game late on, first volleying right at Barnard before he curled an effort past the far post after a defensive error but the game finished goalless.