Brechin City 1 - 2 Stirling Albion

Saturday 7th April 2012
S Buist (86)M Ferry (33)
A Cook (82)

Binos bag crucial victory

Stirling took a crucial step to avoiding relegation from the Scottish Second Division with a valuable 2-1 away win at Brechin.

The Binos were without a victory in their five previous league games but took the lead after 33 minutes at Glebe Park when Mark Ferry applied the finish to Graham Weir's assist.

Greig McDonald's side were then gifted the opportunity to double their advantage after 67 minutes when David Crawford fouled Alan Cook inside the area.

Cook stepped up to take the spot-kick, but his effort flew well wide of the left-hand post.

But the teenager made up for his penalty miss eight minutes from time when he swept home Weir's through ball.

Defender Scott Buist's right-footed strike four minutes from full-time gave the visitors food for thought, but the Yo-Yos were able to secure a victory which moved them just two points from safety.

OfficialGary Hilland
Attendance468
VenueGlebe Park
Kick Off
Brechin City 0 - 0 Stirling Albion
1:11
Offside flag raised against Rory McKenzie
1:13
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
2:44
Foul on Rory McKenzie
2:53
Free Kick taken by Charlie King
3:22
Shot taken by Charlie King with his right foot
3:26
Save made by Callum Reidford
3:58
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
5:16
Foul on Ewan Moyes
5:22
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
8:50
Foul on David McKenna
8:54
Free Kick taken by Michael Dunlop from the left wing
9:21
Foul on Michael Dunlop
9:23
BOOKING: Devon Jacobs of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
9:37
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady from the left wing
11:48
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot
11:57
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
13:57
Foul on Graham Weir
14:04
Free Kick taken by Jamie McCunnie
14:30
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot
14:52
Save made by Craig Nelson
14:54
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
17:00
Foul on Rory McKenzie
17:04
BOOKING: Brian Allison of Stirling Albion given yellow card for dissent
17:25
Free Kick taken by Charlie King
18:51
Foul on Scott Davidson
18:54
Free Kick taken by John Crawley
19:36
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
21:19
Foul on Darren L. Smith
21:23
Free Kick taken by Alan Cook from the right wing
21:48
Shot taken by Gary Thom from the right penalty area
22:16
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
22:46
Shot taken by Paul McLean with his right foot from the right penalty area
23:18
Save made by Callum Reidford
26:24
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
26:55
Shot taken by Mark Ferry from the right penalty area
27:19
Save made by Craig Nelson
27:23
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
27:39
Shot taken by Mark Ferry from the left penalty area
27:57
Save made by Craig Nelson
28:48
Foul on Craig Molloy
28:50
BOOKING: Alan Cook of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
29:08
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
32:24
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot from the centre penalty area
32:24
Brechin City 0 - 1 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Mark Ferry with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
34:22
Foul on Bryan Hodge
34:29
Free Kick taken by Ewan Moyes
37:40
Foul on Charlie King
37:44
Free Kick taken by Bryan Hodge
38:18
Shot taken by Bryan Hodge using his left foot
41:25
Foul on Michael Dunlop
41:30
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
41:57
Offside flag raised against Rory McKenzie
41:58
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
42:53
Foul on Darren L. Smith
43:01
Free Kick taken by Alan Cook from the right wing
43:32
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline
43:52
Clearance by Bryan Hodge
44:31
Foul on Rory McKenzie
44:42
Free Kick taken by Garry Brady
44:58
Substitution for Brechin City: Gary Fusco on for Bryan Hodge
45:00+0:49
Cross from Garry Brady
45:00+1:12
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
Half Time
Brechin City 0 - 1 Stirling Albion
Second Half Started
Brechin City 0 - 1 Stirling Albion
45:30
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the left penalty area
45:53
Save made by Craig Nelson
46:00
Offside flag raised against David McKenna
46:01
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
47:33
Foul on Gary Fusco
47:37
Free Kick taken by Craig Molloy from the right wing
48:06
Foul on Devon Jacobs
48:11
BOOKING: Charlie King of Brechin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
48:25
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
48:59
Foul on Scott Davidson
49:04
Free Kick taken by John Crawley
50:51
Shot taken by Alan Cook with his right foot from the left penalty area
55:05
Goal Kick taken by Craig Nelson
55:09
Substitution for Brechin City: David Crawford on for Garry Brady
56:31
Foul on Craig Molloy
56:36
Free Kick taken by Craig Molloy
59:19
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
61:29
Cross from Rory McKenzie
61:34
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
62:21
Substitution for Brechin City: James Lister on for David McKenna
63:22
Offside flag raised against Alan Cook
63:24
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
65:19
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
65:48
Clearance by Scot Buist
66:02
Foul on Alan Cook
67:00
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Alan Cook and missed using his left foot going high & wide left
67:50
Shot taken by Charlie King with his right foot from the left penalty area
68:12
Save made by Callum Reidford
69:17
Cross from David Crawford
69:24
Clearance by Mark Ferry
69:33
Cross from David Crawford
69:37
Clearance by Mark Ferry
69:47
Foul on James Lister
69:50
Free Kick taken by Charlie King
70:21
Shot taken by Charlie King with his right foot
71:02
Foul on Graham Weir
71:07
Free Kick taken by Gary Thom
72:04
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
72:58
Cross from James Lister
73:02
Save made by Callum Reidford
73:24
Shot taken by David Crawford with his right foot from the left penalty area
73:48
Block taken by Devon Jacobs
77:24
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Daly McSorley on for Scott Davidson
78:27
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
78:49
Clearance by Paul McLean
81:02
Foul on Ewan Moyes
81:09
Free Kick taken by Craig Nelson
81:57
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot
81:57
Brechin City 0 - 2 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Alan Cook using his left foot to the bottom right of the goal.
83:43
Shot taken by Paul McLean using his left foot
83:54
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Craig McLeish on for Alan Cook
84:53
Cross from Paul McLean
85:06
Corner taken by Rory McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
85:31
Shot taken by Scot Buist with his right foot from the centre penalty area
85:31
Brechin City 1 - 2 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Scot Buist with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
87:16
Foul on Charlie King
87:20
BOOKING: Gary Thom of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
87:43
Free Kick taken by David Crawford
87:54
Shot taken by David Crawford with his right foot
88:01
Save made by Callum Reidford
88:17
Corner taken by Rory McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
88:30
Clearance by Craig McLeish
89:28
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Steven Nicholas on for Graham Weir
89:59
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
Full Time
Brechin City 1 - 2 Stirling Albion

Brechin City

vs

Stirling Albion

1
Goals
2
1
Assists
2
9
Shots
9
5
On Target
6
4
Off Target
3
6
Crosses
0
2
Corners
6
21
Throw Ins
18
4
Saves
5
3
Clearances
3
5
Goal Kicks
5
0
Blocks
1
16
Free Kicks
10
3
Offside
1
0
Penalties
1
1
Yellow Cards
4

Brechin City

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Craig Nelson
02.Paul McLean
03.Scot Buist
04.Ewan Moyes
05.Michael Dunlop
06.Garry Brady 56+0' Tactical
07.Craig Molloy
08.Bryan Hodge 45+0' Injury
09.Rory McKenzie
10.Charlie King (49+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.David McKenna 63+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.David Scott
13.Gerard McLauchlan
14.Gary Fusco 45+0' Injury
15.David Crawford 56+0' Tactical
16.James Lister 63+0' Tactical

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Callum Reidford
02.Devon Jacobs (10+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Gary Thom (88+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Brian Allison (18+0: Dissent)
05.John Crawley
06.Alan Cook (29+0: Unsporting behaviour) 84+0' Tactical
07.Jamie McCunnie
08.Mark Ferry
09.Darren L. Smith
10.Graham Weir 90+0' Tactical
11.Scott Davidson 78+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Samuel Filler
13.Sean Dillon
14.Daly McSorley 78+0' Tactical
15.Craig McLeish 84+0' Tactical
16.Steven Nicholas 90+0' Tactical

Weir waits on McManus

Brechin manager Jim Weir is hoping striker Paul McManus can win his fitness battle in time to face Stirling Albion.

McManus sustained a knee injury in last week's win at Arbroath and Weir has already ruled out David McClune, who has a groin problem and Derek Carcary (broken wrist).

Weir said: "Paul is in great form just now so we want to have him available for this game.

"This is the first of five cup finals that will determine what division we are playing football in next season.

"Stirling will be looking at it exactly the same way, but we simply have to build on that great win we had last week at Gayfield."

Bottom side Stirling Albion will be without injured striker Kevin Kelbie.

Albion are chasing a win that would boost their chances of survival, but must do so without Kelbie (hamstring) and midfielder Shaun Fagan, who is still struggling with a groin problem.

Manager Greig McDonald, looking for a repeat of his side's 3-1 success they had at Glebe Park back in February, said: "We can go to Brechin with confidence as we played really well up there recently and deserved our win.

"It would be great to get the three points again and set us up for the last few games of the season.

"Brechin have lots to play for as well, so we'll have to be at our best to get another win."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 32 35 63
2 Arbroath 32 26 59
3 Dumbarton 32 -2 49
4 Up Airdrieonians 32 4 45
5 Up East Fife 32 2 45
6 Down Stenhousemuir 32 1 42
7 Brechin City 32 -9 40
8 Forfar Athletic 32 -17 33
9 Albion Rovers 32 -19 33
10 Stirling Albion 32 -21 31

Updated 7/04/2012 at 17:01