Albion Rovers 1 - 1 Arbroath

Saturday 21st April 2012
R Love (49)L Sibanda (72)

Red Lichties deny Wee Rovers

Albion were denied a crucial win in their race to avoid the relegation play-off spot as Arbroath fought back for a point from a 1-1 draw.

The Wee Rovers went closest to breaking the deadlock before the break when Robert Love's strike was tipped round the post by Darren Hill.

John Gemmell headed over the bar from close range and Hill was alert again to keep out another Love effort as Albion showed the greater urgency.

Rovers made the breakthrough four minutes after the break, with Love finally finding a way past Hill.

Hill thwarted Scott Chaplain to keep Arbroath in the game and the visitors' resistance was rewarded when Lee Sibanda shot into the roof of the net in the 72nd minute.

The point was not enough to keep alive Arbroath's title hopes, with Cowdenbeath's win over Forfar sealing their promotion.

OfficialPaul Robertson
Attendance407
VenueCliftonhill Stadium
Kick Off
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Arbroath
0:59
Foul on Stuart Malcolm
1:09
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
2:49
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
2:50
Free Kick taken by Stuart Malcolm
4:03
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
6:05
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
6:45
Foul on Gavin Swankie
7:03
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
7:57
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
8:21
Shot taken by Stuart Malcolm from the left penalty area
8:31
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
10:32
Offside flag raised against Liam Caddis
10:33
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
18:35
Shot taken by Alan Reid with his right foot
18:47
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
19:05
Foul on Steven Doris
19:12
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
20:03
Shot taken by Liam Caddis using his left foot
20:15
Save made by Derek Gaston
22:14
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
22:16
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
23:10
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
23:38
Shot taken by Micheal O'Byrne from the right penalty area
23:52
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
24:35
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
24:37
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
26:12
Offside flag raised against Steven Doris
26:16
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
27:37
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot from the right penalty area
27:51
Save made by Darren Hill
27:54
Corner taken by Christopher Boyle using his left foot from the right byline
28:14
Save made by Darren Hill
28:38
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
30:14
Foul on Steven Doris
30:19
Free Kick taken by Mark Baxter
32:35
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
33:01
Foul on Steven Doris
33:05
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
34:19
Offside flag raised against Stuart Malcolm
34:20
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
34:51
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot
35:07
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
36:44
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
36:48
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
40:02
Foul on Kieran McAnespie
40:07
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
41:50
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
42:27
Foul on John Gemmell
42:30
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
42:43
Cross from Ryan McStay
43:27
Shot taken by John Gemmell from the centre penalty area
43:39
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
44:23
Foul on John Gemmell
44:26
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay from the right wing
44:39
Cross from Ryan McStay
45:00+0:09
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot
45:00+0:25
Save made by Darren Hill
Half Time
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Arbroath
Second Half Started
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Arbroath
46:37
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
47:06
Clearance by Alan Reid
48:25
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot from the centre penalty area
48:25
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Arbroath
GOAL scored by Robert Love with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
51:18
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
52:30
Offside flag raised against Robert Love
52:36
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
55:46
Foul on John Gemmell
55:50
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay from the left wing
56:04
Cross from Ryan McStay
56:17
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
57:24
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot
58:00
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
59:45
Substitution for Arbroath: Paul Sheerin on for Keith Gibson
61:01
Foul on Barry Russell
61:08
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
62:31
Shot taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot
62:41
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
64:58
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the left penalty area
65:12
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
65:20
Substitution for Arbroath: Craig Wedderburn on for Chris Innes
66:32
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the left byline
67:17
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain from the centre penalty area
67:25
Save made by Darren Hill
67:30
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
67:34
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
67:36
BOOKING: Micheal O'Byrne of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
68:33
Cross from Paul Sheerin
68:35
Clearance by Micheal O'Byrne
70:07
Offside flag raised against Steven Doris
70:09
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
71:20
Shot taken by Lee Sibanda with his right foot from the centre penalty area
71:20
Albion Rovers 1 - 1 Arbroath
GOAL scored by Lee Sibanda with his right foot from the centre penalty area going centre high of the goal.
73:33
Foul on John Gemmell
73:38
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
73:42
BOOKING: Craig Wedderburn of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
74:33
Foul on Lee Sibanda
74:38
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
74:46
BOOKING: Anthony Stevenson of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
75:39
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
75:58
Clearance by John Gemmell
76:10
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Daniel McKay on for Christopher Boyle
76:10
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
77:14
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
77:56
Offside flag raised against Joshua Falkingham
77:59
Free Kick taken by Todd Lumsden
78:31
Foul on Kieran McAnespie
78:36
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
79:38
Foul on Micheal O'Byrne
79:43
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
80:41
Foul on Lee Sibanda
80:45
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
81:49
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the right byline
82:25
Clearance by Paul Sheerin
83:20
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the right penalty area
83:29
Save made by Derek Gaston
84:58
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
85:28
Shot taken by Daniel McKay with his right foot
85:37
Save made by Darren Hill
87:15
Foul on Steven Doris
87:20
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
87:43
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
90:00+0:14
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
90:00+0:18
Free Kick taken by Mark Baxter from the right wing
90:00+0:29
Cross from Mark Baxter
90:00+0:43
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+0:53
Save made by Derek Gaston
90:00+1:31
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
90:00+2:20
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
90:00+2:38
Clearance by John Gemmell
Full Time
Albion Rovers 1 - 1 Arbroath

Albion Rovers

vs

Arbroath

1
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
11
Shots
6
5
On Target
4
6
Off Target
2
3
Crosses
2
4
Corners
4
18
Throw Ins
17
3
Saves
5
4
Clearances
1
8
Goal Kicks
12
12
Free Kicks
16
4
Offside
6
2
Yellow Cards
1

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Derek Gaston
02.Barry Russell
03.Anthony Stevenson (75+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Micheal O'Byrne (68+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Todd Lumsden
06.Alan Reid
07.Christopher Boyle 77+0' Tactical
08.Scott Chaplain
09.Ryan McStay
10.Robert Love
11.John Gemmell

Substitutes

12.Christopher Fahey
13.Christopher Fahey
14.James Gilmartin
15.Daniel McKay 77+0' Tactical
16.Ciaran Donnelly
17.Larry Acqua

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Mark Baxter
03.Stuart Malcolm
04.Chris Innes 66+0' Tactical
05.Liam Caddis
06.Joshua Falkingham
07.Brian Kerr
08.Keith Gibson 60+0' Tactical
09.Kieran McAnespie
10.Gavin Swankie
11.Steven Doris

Substitutes

12.Michael White
13.Craig Wedderburn (74+0: Unsporting behaviour) 66+0' Tactical
14.Lee Sibanda
15.Paul Sheerin 60+0' Tactical
16.Connor Birse

Werndly missing for Albion

Albion will continue their battle against relegation against Arbroath without suspended striker Jack Werndly, following his dismissal in the 2-1 victory at East Fife last weekend.

Player-coach Danny Ferry is also missing through a neck injury, and Coatbridge boss Paul Martin said: "Our home record this season has been good and we have the chance to make it even better by seeing off Arbroath.

"They were promoted with us last season and have had a fantastic campaign, although they have slipped behind Cowdenbeath recently. We have to guard against them going all out to win this game in case of a Cowdenbeath slip-up.

"We can play without any pressure as no-one was expecting us to still be fighting at this stage."

Arbroath will look to keep the pressure on league leaders Cowdenbeath with victory and they have been boosted by the return of Keith Gibson from suspension.

The Gayfield side will give Kieran McAnespie and Collin Samuel lunchtime fitness tests to see if they can feature, but striker Jordan Elfverson remains out with a back problem.

Manager Paul Sheerin said: "I expect Cowdenbeath to go on and win the league now but we have to win this game. The thought of not winning and walking off the pitch and possibly hearing they have lost as well is not a good one.

"Albion Rovers are on a great run just now and this will be a real test for us as they will be contesting everything."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 34 39 69
2 Arbroath 34 25 60
3 Dumbarton 34 -3 52
4 Airdrieonians 34 6 48
5 Stenhousemuir 34 4 48
6 East Fife 34 2 48
7 Brechin City 34 -13 40
8 Up Albion Rovers 34 -18 37
9 Down Forfar Athletic 34 -18 36
10 Stirling Albion 34 -24 31

Updated 21/04/2012 at 18:36