Stirling Albion 3 - 1 Stenhousemuir

Monday 2nd January 2012
A Cook (54)
G Thom (69)
J Flood (90+1)
I Thomson (83)

Victory lifts Stirling gloom

Stirling put an end to a run of seven straight defeats to beat Stenhousemuir 3-1 and lift themselves off the bottom of Scottish Division Two.

Stenhousemuir were closest to scoring in the first half, Ross McMillan heading wide at the far post from a Brown Ferguson corner and Stewart Kean's strike forced a full-stretch save from Callum Reidford to keep the game goalless.

But after the break, Stirling struck with two sucker-punches as Alan Cook turned in the box to rifle past Alistair Brown to give his side a shock lead.

Albion soon doubled their lead after Darren Smith's corner found Gary Thom at the near post. The defender headed home his first goal for the club against his former employers.

The visitors halved the deficit with seven minutes left through Iain Thomson but Joshua Flood's long-range pearler secured Albion's much needed win.

OfficialCraig Charleston
Attendance578
VenueForthbank Stadium
Kick Off
Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Stenhousemuir
2:34
Offside flag raised against Darren L. Smith
2:35
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
2:54
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
3:51
Foul on Andrew Rodgers
3:56
Free Kick taken by Stephen Murray
4:25
Shot taken by Stephen Murray using his left foot
4:36
Save made by Callum Reidford
4:50
Shot taken by Daly McSorley with his right foot
5:03
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
6:19
Foul on Stephen Murray
6:44
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
7:37
Foul on Jamie Campbell
7:43
Free Kick taken by Brown Ferguson from the right wing
7:53
Cross from Brown Ferguson
8:18
Save made by Callum Reidford
9:08
Substitution for Stenhousemuir: William Lyle on for Stephen Murray
9:25
Corner taken by Brown Ferguson with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
10:01
Shot taken by Ross McMillan from the right penalty area
10:18
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
11:27
Offside flag raised against Lewis Bonar
11:29
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
12:11
Foul on Andrew Rodgers
12:17
Free Kick taken by William Lyle from the right wing
12:27
Cross from William Lyle
12:52
Clearance by Gary Thom
14:37
Corner taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
15:07
Shot taken by Craig McLeish using his left foot
15:19
Block taken by Brown Ferguson
15:36
Clearance by Sean Dickson
16:51
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
17:20
Clearance by Martyn Corrigan
20:25
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline
21:02
Save made by Alistair Brown
21:08
Shot taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot
22:08
Corner taken by Brown Ferguson with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
23:15
Corner taken by Brown Ferguson with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
23:50
Clearance by Craig McLeish
24:33
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers using his left foot
24:52
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
26:30
Corner taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
26:58
Clearance by Ross McMillan
27:21
Shot taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the right penalty area
27:39
Save made by Alistair Brown
29:02
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
30:42
Offside flag raised against Lewis Bonar
30:43
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
30:56
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
31:37
Foul on Gary Thom
31:44
Free Kick taken by Brian Allison
32:58
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
34:26
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers with his right foot
34:41
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
36:29
Foul on Jamie Campbell
36:34
Free Kick taken by Alistair Brown
37:04
Foul on Sean Dickson
37:09
Free Kick taken by Brown Ferguson
37:42
Corner taken by Brown Ferguson with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
38:17
Clearance by Brian Allison
40:41
Shot taken by Jamie Campbell with his right foot
40:50
Save made by Callum Reidford
41:08
Corner taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
41:45
Save made by Alistair Brown
42:16
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
43:03
Shot taken by Jamie Campbell with his right foot from the right penalty area
43:16
Save made by Callum Reidford
43:51
Corner taken by Brown Ferguson with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
Half Time
Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Stenhousemuir
Second Half Started
Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Stenhousemuir
45:53
Corner taken by Brown Ferguson with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
46:19
Clearance by Craig McLeish
50:03
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
51:54
Foul on Daly McSorley
51:59
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
52:34
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
53:24
Shot taken by Alan Cook with his right foot from the right penalty area
53:24
Stirling Albion 1 - 0 Stenhousemuir
GOAL scored by Alan Cook with his right foot from the right penalty area to the top left of the goal.
55:14
Foul on William Lyle
55:18
Free Kick taken by Sean Dickson from the right wing
55:32
Cross from Sean Dickson
56:07
Clearance by Craig McLeish
56:12
Corner taken by Brown Ferguson with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
57:53
Foul on Ross McMillan
58:00
Free Kick taken by Ross McMillan from the right wing
59:56
Foul on Gary Thom
60:02
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
60:59
Offside flag raised against Lewis Bonar
61:01
Free Kick taken by Ross McMillan
61:14
Foul on Daly McSorley
61:19
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
61:40
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
64:23
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
65:23
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
66:10
Shot taken by William Lyle with his right foot from the right penalty area
66:22
Save made by Callum Reidford
66:52
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Joshua Flood on for Alan Cook
67:19
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
67:40
Corner taken by Sean Dickson using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
68:03
Save made by Callum Reidford
68:21
Corner taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
68:51
Shot taken by Gary Thom from the right penalty area
68:51
Stirling Albion 2 - 0 Stenhousemuir
GOAL scored by Gary Thom from the right penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
70:00
Substitution for Stenhousemuir: Paul Quinn on for Jamie Campbell
70:21
Foul on Andrew Rodgers
70:44
Free Kick taken by Sean Dickson
71:00
Shot taken by Sean Dickson using his left foot
71:06
Block taken by Daly McSorley
71:12
Corner taken by Sean Dickson using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
71:39
Shot taken by Stewart Kean with his right foot
71:58
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Steven Nicholas on for Lewis Bonar
72:19
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
73:02
BOOKING: Shaun Fagan of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
73:24
Shot taken by Steven Nicholas with his right foot
73:52
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
75:28
Shot taken by Steven Nicholas using his left foot from the left penalty area
75:40
Save made by Alistair Brown
75:47
Corner taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
76:25
Goal Kick taken by Alistair Brown
77:58
Shot taken by Sean Dickson using his left foot from the left penalty area
78:17
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
78:55
Corner taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
79:30
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
79:45
Shot taken by Craig McLeish with his right foot
79:55
Save made by Alistair Brown
80:33
Offside flag raised against Andrew Rodgers
80:38
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
81:03
Foul on Darren L. Smith
81:08
Free Kick taken by Scott Davidson from the right wing
82:59
Shot taken by Iain Thomson with his right foot from the left penalty area
82:59
Stirling Albion 2 - 1 Stenhousemuir
GOAL scored by Iain Thomson with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
84:52
Foul on Steven Nicholas
85:01
Free Kick taken by Craig McLeish
85:41
Corner taken by Sean Dickson using his left foot from the right byline
86:10
Save made by Callum Reidford
86:28
Offside flag raised against Darren L. Smith
86:33
Free Kick taken by Iain Thomson
86:52
Foul on Scott Davidson
86:57
Free Kick taken by Brian Allison
88:14
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers from the left penalty area
88:26
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
90:00+0:06
Shot taken by Joshua Flood with his right foot
90:00+0:06
Stirling Albion 3 - 1 Stenhousemuir
GOAL scored by Joshua Flood with his right foot to the top right of the goal.
90:00+1:16
Substitution for Stirling Albion: John Crawley on for Daly McSorley
90:00+2:27
Foul on Joshua Flood
90:00+2:53
BOOKING: Paul Quinn of Stenhousemuir given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
90:00+3:25
Free Kick taken by Craig McLeish
Full Time
Stirling Albion 3 - 1 Stenhousemuir

Stirling Albion

vs

Stenhousemuir

3
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
10
Shots
12
7
On Target
6
3
Off Target
6
0
Crosses
3
9
Corners
10
26
Throw Ins
33
7
Saves
5
5
Clearances
3
11
Goal Kicks
9
1
Blocks
1
9
Free Kicks
14
5
Offside
1
1
Yellow Cards
1

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Callum Reidford
02.Alan Cook 67+0' Tactical
03.Brian Allison
04.Gary Thom
05.Devon Jacobs
06.Shaun Fagan (74+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Craig McLeish
08.Daly McSorley 90+2' Tactical
09.Lewis Bonar 72+0' Tactical
10.Lewis Bonar
11.Scott Davidson

Substitutes

12.Darren L. Smith
13.Jamie Cleland
14.John Crawley 90+2' Tactical
15.Gavin McPherson
16.Joshua Flood 67+0' Tactical
17.Steven Nicholas 72+0' Tactical

Stenhousemuir

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alistair Brown
02.Martyn Corrigan
03.Ross McMillan
04.Kevin McKinlay
05.Sean Dickson
06.Brown Ferguson
07.Jamie Campbell 70+0' Tactical
08.Iain Thomson
09.Stephen Murray 10+0' Injury
10.Andrew Rodgers
11.Stewart Kean

Substitutes

12.Christopher McCluskey
13.Alan Lawson
14.William Lyle 10+0' Injury
15.Paul McHale
16.Paul Quinn (90+3: Unsporting behaviour) 70+0' Tactical

Albion sweating on McLeish

Stirling will give midfielder Craig McLeish until the last minute to overcome a back injury and be included against Stenhousemuir.

Goalkeeper Sam Filler remains absent with a broken hand and defender Shaun Dillon's injured ankle keeps him sidelined, with bottom of the table Stirling out to make amends for a 4-0 defeat the last time they played the Warriors.

Interim manager Greig McDonald is also looking to finally end a run of five postponements and an abandonment to begin his time in charge as player/manager.

He said: "We had quite a bad day at the office the last time we faced Stenhousemuir when we simply failed to turn up at all.

"While the past few weeks have been frustrating we are raring to go and get something from the game."

Stenhousemuir are waiting on news of midfielder Brown Ferguson's battle to overcome a calf problem before finalising their side.

Assistant manager Kevin McGoldrick is looking for a positive reaction from the Warriors after they went down too easily to Cowdenbeath on Boxing Day, losing 2-0 at home.

"We were poor in that game and made it too easy for them," he said. "We have been good all season on our own patch but that was not the case against Cowdenbeath but we cannot let our heads drop over it.

"Hopefully we can bounce straight back against Stirling, although it will be difficult as their players will be out to show Greig McDonald what they can do."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 18 23 38
2 Arbroath 17 12 32
3 Stenhousemuir 18 5 28
4 Airdrieonians 19 -2 24
5 Up Brechin City 18 -3 24
6 Up Dumbarton 17 -3 22
7 Down Albion Rovers 18 -5 21
8 East Fife 16 -12 19
9 Up Stirling Albion 15 -8 15
10 Down Forfar Athletic 16 -7 14

Updated 2/01/2012 at 17:05