Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Airdrieonians

Saturday 31st March 2012
R Donnelly (20, 31)

Donnelly double downs Stirling

Ryan Donnelly scored twice to keep Airdrie's play-off hopes intact with a 2-0 win against rock-bottom Stirling.

Donnelly gave the visitors the lead on 20 minutes when his drilled finish found the bottom corner of the net from close range.

Kevin Kelbie then went close for the hosts before Donnelly headed in Sean Lynch's cross to double United's lead.

After the break Stirling, who were without the injured Shaun Fagan and Andy Hunter, attempted to hit back through Alan Cook but his fierce effort was comfortably saved by Grant Adam.

Mark Ferry then missed for the hosts while Darren Smith spurned a close-range volley.

Donnelly should have got his hat-trick 16 minutes from time but his shot was meek and Reidford was more than equal to it.

OfficialStephen Finnie
Attendance677
VenueForthbank Stadium
Kick Off
Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Airdrieonians
0:38
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
0:42
Free Kick taken by Ricki Lamie from the left wing
1:43
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
2:34
Foul on Gary Thom
2:42
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
3:44
Cross from Euan McNeil
3:47
Clearance by Devon Jacobs
5:22
Foul on Derek Holmes
5:26
Free Kick taken by Euan McNeil
7:12
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
7:17
Free Kick taken by Gary Thom
7:27
Foul on Darren L. Smith
7:32
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
7:51
Foul on Ryan Donnelly
7:54
Free Kick taken by Ricki Lamie from the left wing
8:17
Offside flag raised against William McLaren
8:19
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
9:33
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
11:41
Offside flag raised against William McLaren
11:42
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
12:09
Foul on Jamie Bain
12:13
Free Kick taken by Euan McNeil from the right wing
12:43
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the centre penalty area
13:01
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
15:20
Offside flag raised against Darren L. Smith
15:21
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
16:27
Cross from Alan Cook
16:29
Clearance by Ricki Lamie
16:50
Shot taken by Alan Cook with his right foot
17:01
Save made by Grant Adam
17:47
Foul on Derek Holmes
17:54
Free Kick taken by William McLaren from the left wing
18:04
Cross from William McLaren
19:21
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the right penalty area
19:21
Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the right penalty area going centre low of the goal.
20:27
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot
20:45
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
21:00
Hand Ball taken by Sean Lynch
21:01
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
21:39
Shot taken by Kevin Kelbie using his left foot from the centre penalty area
21:50
Save made by Grant Adam
22:24
Cross from Devon Jacobs
22:42
Shot taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the right penalty area
23:07
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
23:15
Cross from Graham Weir
23:20
Clearance by David Lilley
23:22
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
23:46
Clearance by Kieron Stallard
25:00
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
25:10
Foul on Derek Holmes
25:17
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
26:12
Foul on Callum Reidford
26:20
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
27:11
Foul on Graham Weir
27:16
Free Kick taken by John Crawley from the right wing
27:40
Cross from John Crawley
28:00
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline
28:01
Clearance by Ricki Lamie
28:11
Cross from Mark Ferry
28:15
Shot taken by Brian Allison from the centre penalty area
28:31
Save made by Grant Adam
28:36
Cross from Graham Weir
29:42
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
30:05
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly from the right six yard line
30:05
Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Airdrieonians
GOAL scored by Ryan Donnelly from the right six yard line to the bottom left of the goal.
32:10
Foul on Alan Cook
32:14
Free Kick taken by Alan Cook from the left wing
32:32
Cross from Alan Cook
32:34
Clearance by William McLaren
32:45
Cross from Alan Cook
32:50
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
33:48
Cross from Ryan Donnelly
33:53
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
35:20
Foul on Darren L. Smith
35:27
Free Kick taken by Gary Thom
37:00
Foul on Grant Adam
37:06
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
37:28
Foul on Darren L. Smith
37:34
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
38:07
Cross from Alan Cook
38:10
Clearance by Kieron Stallard
39:03
Cross from Graham Weir
39:09
Foul on Grant Adam
39:13
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
39:14
BOOKING: Alan Cook of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
40:29
Cross from Euan McNeil
40:32
Save made by Callum Reidford
42:18
Foul on William McLaren
42:23
Free Kick taken by Jamie Bain from the left byline
42:48
Cross from Jamie Bain
43:00
Corner taken by William McLaren using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
43:20
Clearance by Devon Jacobs
43:31
Cross from William McLaren
43:33
Clearance by John Crawley
43:45
Shot taken by Cameron MacDonald with his right foot from the left penalty area
44:07
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
44:10
Foul on Kevin Kelbie
44:19
Free Kick taken by Gary Thom
44:27
Cross from Gary Thom
44:30
Clearance by Kieron Stallard
44:51
Cross from Devon Jacobs
44:53
Clearance by Cameron MacDonald
45:00+0:03
Cross from John Crawley
Half Time
Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Airdrieonians
45:01
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Craig McLeish on for Daly McSorley
45:01
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Jamie McCunnie on for Kevin Kelbie
Second Half Started
Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Airdrieonians
45:08
Offside flag raised against Ryan Donnelly
45:10
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
45:44
Shot taken by John Crawley with his right foot
46:03
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
47:18
Foul on Derek Holmes
47:24
Free Kick taken by Euan McNeil from the right wing
47:47
Foul on Brian Allison
47:52
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
50:00
Foul on Alan Cook
50:04
Free Kick taken by John Crawley from the left wing
50:15
Cross from Craig McLeish
50:21
Save made by Grant Adam
51:08
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the left penalty area
51:20
Save made by Grant Adam
51:30
Cross from Ryan Donnelly
51:33
Clearance by Brian Allison
51:50
Offside flag raised against William McLaren
51:51
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
52:07
Foul on Darren L. Smith
52:11
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
52:14
BOOKING: Ricki Lamie of Airdrieonians given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
52:57
Cross from Devon Jacobs
53:46
Cross from Darren L. Smith
53:48
Clearance by David Lilley
53:52
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot
54:07
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
54:18
Foul on Graham Weir
54:23
Free Kick taken by Jamie McCunnie
54:31
Shot taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the right penalty area
54:45
Block taken by Grant Adam
55:04
Cross from Ryan Donnelly
55:08
Clearance by Brian Allison
55:11
Corner taken by Jamie Bain with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
55:33
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the right six yard line
56:03
Save made by Callum Reidford
56:27
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
56:50
Foul on Craig McLeish
56:56
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs from the left byline
57:21
Cross from Devon Jacobs
57:24
Clearance by Derek Holmes
57:26
Cross from Devon Jacobs
57:29
Clearance by Ricki Lamie
57:45
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
60:51
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
60:59
Foul on Darren L. Smith
61:05
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
61:58
Foul on Jamie Bain
62:08
Free Kick taken by Sean Lynch
62:10
BOOKING: Graham Weir of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
63:18
Cross from Sean Lynch
63:27
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
64:31
Cross from Jamie McCunnie
64:35
Shot taken by Darren L. Smith using his left foot from the centre penalty area
64:41
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline
65:06
Clearance by Derek Holmes
65:41
Save made by Grant Adam
66:49
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Scott Davidson on for John Crawley
68:48
Foul on Brian Allison
68:54
Free Kick taken by Brian Allison
68:56
Substitution for Airdrieonians: James Stevenson on for William McLaren
71:03
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
72:07
Foul on James Stevenson
72:10
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson from the left wing
72:35
Cross from James Stevenson
72:38
Clearance by Jamie McCunnie
73:00
Cross from Euan McNeil
73:03
Clearance by Jamie McCunnie
73:15
Shot taken by Ryan Donnelly with his right foot from the centre penalty area
73:24
Save made by Callum Reidford
73:49
Offside flag raised against Scott Davidson
73:50
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
74:32
Cross from Sean Lynch
74:36
Save made by Callum Reidford
77:07
Foul on Jamie Bain
77:16
BOOKING: Gary Thom of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
77:23
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson
78:02
Shot taken by James Stevenson with his right foot
78:13
Save made by Callum Reidford
78:30
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot
79:00
Substitution for Airdrieonians: John Boyle on for Ryan Donnelly
79:29
Goal Kick taken by Grant Adam
80:50
Corner taken by Scott Davidson using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
81:07
Clearance by Ricki Lamie
83:01
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
83:49
Foul on John Boyle
83:56
Free Kick taken by James Stevenson from the left wing
84:16
Substitution for Airdrieonians: Fraser Keast on for Jamie Bain
85:01
Cross from James Stevenson
85:03
Clearance by Gary Thom
85:38
Cross from Gary Thom
85:40
Clearance by David Lilley
85:55
Cross from Brian Allison
87:02
Foul on Jamie McCunnie
87:07
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
88:02
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
88:22
Clearance by Sean Lynch
88:46
Offside flag raised against Darren L. Smith
88:48
Free Kick taken by Grant Adam
89:34
Cross from Brian Allison
89:39
Save made by Grant Adam
Full Time
Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Airdrieonians

Stirling Albion

vs

Airdrieonians

0
Goals
2
0
Assists
2
10
Shots
8
5
On Target
4
5
Off Target
4
22
Crosses
13
6
Corners
2
35
Throw Ins
28
5
Saves
7
8
Clearances
15
11
Goal Kicks
7
0
Blocks
1
22
Free Kicks
17
3
Offside
5
0
Hand Balls
1
3
Yellow Cards
1

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Callum Reidford
02.Devon Jacobs
03.Gary Thom (78+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Brian Allison
05.John Crawley 67+0' Tactical
06.Alan Cook (40+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Mark Ferry
08.Daly McSorley 45+0' Tactical
09.Darren L. Smith
10.Graham Weir (63+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.Kevin Kelbie 45+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Samuel Filler
13.Craig McLeish 45+0' Tactical
14.Jamie McCunnie 45+0' Tactical
15.Steven Nicholas
16.Scott Davidson 67+0' Tactical

Airdrieonians

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Grant Adam
02.Euan McNeil
04.Kieron Stallard
04.Cameron MacDonald
05.David Lilley
12.Jamie Bain 85+0' Tactical
16.Ricki Lamie (53+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Sean Lynch
11.William McLaren 69+0' Tactical
09.Derek Holmes
10.Ryan Donnelly 79+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Andrew Duncan
13.Liam Watt
14.Fraser Keast 85+0' Tactical
15.James Stevenson 69+0' Tactical
16.John Boyle 79+0' Tactical

Diamonds' squad cut down

Shaun Fagan and Andy Hunter will be absent for bottom-of-the-table Stirling when they host Airdrie.

Fagan is nursing a knock while fellow midfielder Hunter has a knee problem.

Ahead of the game against in-form United manager Grieg McDonald has reminded his players that they have got off the foot of the table before and they can do so again.

"We have battled out of this position already this season and I am sure we will again," he said. "The players gave me everything against Forfar last week only to lose to an injury-time goal but we are determined to bounce back.

"Airdrie are on a great run just now with three wins and three clean sheets and have held the upper hand over us this season but we can win this game."

Airdrie will arrive with a threadbare squad.

Paul Lovering is suspended and the veteran defender joins the injured Graeme Owens, Nathan Blockley, Scott Sally and Scott Morton on the list of absentees for the Diamonds.

United are looking to boost their promotion hopes by making it four wins in a row.

Boss Jimmy Boyle said: "Stirling will be fighting to get a win to boost their chances of avoiding relegation so we need to be ready for that.

"Our recent run has put us back into contention for a play-off spot and we need another win to keep the pressure on the sides above us."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 31 36 63
2 Arbroath 31 25 56
3 Dumbarton 31 -2 48
4 Stenhousemuir 31 4 42
5 Up Airdrieonians 31 1 42
6 Down East Fife 31 -1 42
7 Brechin City 31 -8 40
8 Forfar Athletic 31 -14 33
9 Albion Rovers 31 -19 32
10 Stirling Albion 31 -22 28

Updated 31/03/2012 at 17:06

 
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