Arbroath 2 - 0 Stirling Albion

Wednesday 1st February 2012
S Doris (9)
P Sheerin (45+2)

Red Lichties close gap

Arbroath moved to within two points of Scottish Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath after beating rock-bottom Stirling 2-0.

It did not take long for the Red Lichties to hit their straps as they surged into a ninth-minute lead when Steven Doris converted from close range to notch his 11th of the season.

They continued to dominate but were made to wait until first-half stoppage time to double their advantage, courtesy of player-manager Paul Sheerin's low drive into the corner after good work by Doris.

Stuart Malcolm saw his header saved by Stirling defender Callum Reidford while Sheerin blazed over as the hosts searched for a third.

Graham Weir almost made a game of it in a rare attack for the visitors, but his shot went wide and Arbroath coasted home.

OfficialCraig Charleston
Attendance901
VenueGayfield Park
Kick Off
Arbroath 0 - 0 Stirling Albion
0:11
Foul on Connaire Connelly
0:19
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
0:29
Cross from Paul Sheerin
0:34
Clearance by Shaun Fagan
0:38
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
2:09
Shot taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the right penalty area
2:24
Save made by Darren Hill
2:45
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
4:46
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
6:05
Shot taken by Darren L. Smith using his left foot
6:12
Block taken by Stuart Malcolm
7:06
Foul on Connaire Connelly
7:15
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
7:30
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
7:36
Save made by Callum Reidford
8:46
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the right six yard line
8:46
Arbroath 1 - 0 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Steven Doris with his right foot from the right six yard line going centre low of the goal.
10:20
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the left byline
10:35
Clearance by Connaire Connelly
13:25
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie using his left foot from the left penalty area
13:52
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
15:05
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
15:17
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
15:33
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
15:51
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot
16:06
Save made by Darren Hill
16:10
Corner taken by Alan Cook with his right foot from the left byline
16:20
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
17:02
Cross from Alan Cook
17:07
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
17:58
Cross from Alan Cook
18:03
Block taken by Stuart Malcolm
19:59
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
21:04
Cross from Alan Cook
21:06
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
21:15
Foul on Graham Weir
21:24
Free Kick taken by Alan Cook
21:50
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot
21:59
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
23:16
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin with his right foot
23:26
Block taken by Shaun Fagan
23:33
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
26:00
Offside flag raised against Marc McCulloch
26:08
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
32:04
Cross from Gavin Swankie
32:09
Clearance by Devon Jacobs
33:00
Cross from Darren L. Smith
33:02
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
33:04
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
33:51
Cross from Steven Doris
33:54
Clearance by Gary Thom
36:07
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
36:10
Free Kick taken by Shaun Fagan
36:45
Foul on Kieran McAnespie
36:51
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
37:19
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the centre penalty area
37:29
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline going out of play
37:37
Save made by Callum Reidford
37:59
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
39:20
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
40:10
Hand Ball taken by Shaun Fagan
40:13
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie from the left wing
40:17
BOOKING: Shaun Fagan of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
40:47
Cross from Gavin Swankie
40:49
Save made by Callum Reidford
41:41
Cross from Steven Doris
41:48
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
41:56
Substitution for Arbroath: Lee Sibanda on for Beau Busch
42:42
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
42:44
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
43:49
Foul on Gavin Swankie
44:00
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
44:20
BOOKING: Stuart Malcolm of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
44:30
Foul on Darren L. Smith
44:34
Free Kick taken by Daly McSorley
45:00+1:06
Cross from Steven Doris
45:00+1:11
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin with his right foot from the right penalty area
45:00+1:11
Arbroath 2 - 0 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Paul Sheerin with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
Half Time
Arbroath 2 - 0 Stirling Albion
Second Half Started
Arbroath 2 - 0 Stirling Albion
46:34
Cross from Alan Cook
46:37
Clearance by Connaire Connelly
47:06
Cross from Steven Doris
48:15
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
48:22
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
49:09
Foul on Connaire Connelly
49:16
Free Kick taken by Joshua Falkingham
49:33
Cross from Lee Sibanda
49:45
Clearance by Devon Jacobs
51:45
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
53:06
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the left penalty area
53:20
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
54:26
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
55:38
Corner taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the left byline
55:57
Cross from Graham Weir
56:02
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
56:31
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
57:02
Shot taken by Stuart Malcolm from the centre penalty area
57:18
Block taken by Callum Reidford
57:27
Foul on Alan Cook
57:40
Free Kick taken by Alan Cook
57:54
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
58:21
Foul on Steven Doris
58:34
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin from the right byline
58:50
Cross from Alan Cook
58:56
Clearance by Marc McCulloch
59:22
Foul on Connaire Connelly
59:33
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
59:43
Cross from Paul Sheerin
59:46
Clearance by Sean Dillon
60:20
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
61:44
Foul on Darren L. Smith
61:50
Free Kick taken by Alan Cook from the right wing
62:04
Cross from Alan Cook
62:15
Clearance by Steven Doris
64:36
Cross from Joshua Falkingham
64:39
Clearance by Darren L. Smith
65:31
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
65:40
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin
66:08
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot
66:18
Substitution for Arbroath: Keith Gibson on for Connaire Connelly
67:16
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
67:18
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
70:05
Cross from Steven Doris
70:18
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin with his right foot from the centre penalty area
70:30
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Scott Davidson on for Daly McSorley
73:26
Offside flag raised against Kieran McAnespie
73:31
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
74:58
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline
75:27
Clearance by Lee Sibanda
78:15
Foul on Scott Davidson
78:20
Free Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
78:26
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Joshua Flood on for Darren L. Smith
78:58
Cross from Devon Jacobs
79:00
Clearance by Lee Sibanda
80:54
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
81:10
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
81:19
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the centre penalty area
81:28
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Lewis Bonar on for Shaun Fagan
82:50
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
82:53
Substitution for Arbroath: Kevin Brown on for Stuart Malcolm
84:05
Cross from Joshua Flood
84:08
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
85:42
Shot taken by Joshua Falkingham with his right foot from the centre penalty area
85:53
Block taken by Callum Reidford
87:00
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot
87:18
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
87:45
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
87:50
BOOKING: Scott Davidson of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
88:16
Free Kick taken by Lee Sibanda
89:51
Cross from Keith Gibson
89:55
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+0:03
Block taken by Scott Davidson
90:00+0:40
Foul on Graham Weir
90:00+0:52
Free Kick taken by Marc McCulloch
90:00+0:54
BOOKING: Craig Wedderburn of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
Full Time
Arbroath 2 - 0 Stirling Albion

Arbroath

vs

Stirling Albion

2
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
13
Shots
6
7
On Target
3
6
Off Target
3
12
Crosses
10
4
Corners
6
11
Throw Ins
17
2
Saves
3
12
Clearances
7
9
Goal Kicks
8
2
Blocks
4
12
Free Kicks
10
4
Offside
1
0
Hand Balls
1
2
Yellow Cards
2

Arbroath

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Darren Hill
02.Beau Busch 42+0' Injury
03.Connaire Connelly 67+0' Tactical
04.Stuart Malcolm (45+0: Unsporting behaviour) 83+0' Injury
05.Craig Wedderburn (90+1: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Gavin Swankie
07.Joshua Falkingham
08.Brian Kerr
09.Paul Sheerin
10.Kieran McAnespie
11.Steven Doris

Substitutes

12.Darryl Burns
13.Liam Caddis
14.Kevin Brown 83+0' Injury
15.Lee Sibanda 42+0' Injury
16.Keith Gibson 67+0' Tactical

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Callum Reidford
02.Alan Cook
03.Devon Jacobs
04.Gary Thom
05.Sean Dillon
06.Daly McSorley 71+0' Tactical
07.Marc McCulloch
08.Mark Ferry
09.Shaun Fagan (41+0: Unsporting behaviour) 82+0' Tactical
10.Darren L. Smith 79+0' Tactical
11.Graham Weir

Substitutes

12.Samuel Filler
13.Craig McLeish
14.Joshua Flood 79+0' Tactical
15.Scott Davidson (88+0: Unsporting behaviour) 71+0' Tactical
16.Lewis Bonar 82+0' Tactical

Same again for Arbroath

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin will choose from an unchanged squad against Stirling after admitting defeat in his attempts to bring in new faces.

Back-up goalkeeper Michael White remains out with an ankle problem and front-man Jordan Elfverson's back injury continues to keep him sidelined.

Sheerin said: "I had looked at one or two moves but they have not happened so it is the same again for Arbroath."

A win would see Arbroath move to within two points of table-toppers Cowdenbeath and Sheerin added: "It looked like they were going to pull away but hopefully we can continue closing the gap.

"It would be great to only be two points off the top at this stage of the season."

Stirling defender Brian Allison misses out on his side's trip following his last-minute dismissal against Airdrie on Saturday.

The bottom-placed side's squad is depleted as John Crawley and Stevie Nicholas have work commitments while goalkeeper Sam Filler (broken hand) is a long-term injury absentee.

Youngster Andy Hunter is also unlikely to feature after picking up a knock in a youth game.

Manager Greig McDonald said: "We could move up two spaces by winning this game and that is a great target to aim for.

"To do it we need to do better than we did at the weekend at Airdrie as we did not get going there until too late in the game.

"I am sure we will be a whole lot better against Arbroath."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 20 24 41
2 Arbroath 20 19 39
3 Stenhousemuir 20 5 31
4 Dumbarton 19 -1 28
5 Airdrieonians 22 -2 27
6 East Fife 20 -10 26
7 Brechin City 19 -4 24
8 Forfar Athletic 19 -5 21
9 Albion Rovers 21 -13 21
10 Stirling Albion 20 -13 19

Updated 1/02/2012 at 21:48