Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Elgin City

Saturday 12th May 2012
J Gemmell (62)
S Chaplain (90)

Chaplain answers Albion's prayers

Albion progressed into the Second Division play-off final in dramatic fashion as Scott Chaplain's superb 90th-minute overhead kick downed Elgin.

Trailing 1-0 to the Third Division side from the first leg, Albion levelled the tie shortly after the hour mark through John Gemmell. And Chaplain stepped up at the close to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory and set up a final showdown with Stranraer.

An exciting opening saw both sides threaten in the first quarter before Gemmell went closest for Albion in the 38th minute, forcing a brilliant parried save from Alexander Clark.

But Gemmell did find the net after the break, volleying home from six yards to level matters.

Chris Boyle then tested Clark before Paul Millar shot wide and Mark Nicolson headed off target at the other end.

Albion keeper Derek Gaston made a decisive stop to keep out Stuart Leslie in the 86th minute, and it was left for Chaplain to settle matters in acrobatic style from 18 yards from Gemmell's header.

OfficialJohn McKendrick
Attendance827
VenueCliftonhill Stadium
Kick Off
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Elgin City
0:42
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot from the right penalty area
0:47
Block taken by Derek Gaston
0:51
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
1:03
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
4:46
Foul on John Gemmell
4:56
Free Kick taken by Christopher Boyle from the right wing
5:07
Shot taken by Christopher Boyle using his left foot from the right wing
5:12
Save made by Alexander Clark
5:22
Offside flag raised against Craig Gunn
5:23
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
7:07
Foul on Steven Canning
7:11
Free Kick taken by Steven Canning
8:20
Foul on Sean Pierce
8:24
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
9:11
Corner taken by Steven Canning with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
9:37
Shot taken by Simon Marriott from the right penalty area
9:50
Save made by Alexander Clark
10:26
Foul on Anthony Stevenson
10:31
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
12:27
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot
12:34
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
14:17
Foul on Sean Pierce
14:29
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid from the left wing
14:38
Shot taken by John Gemmell from the centre penalty area
14:47
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
17:11
Foul on Christopher Boyle
17:14
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell from the left wing
17:46
Cross from Barry Russell
20:07
Shot taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot
20:17
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
22:44
Hand Ball taken by John Gemmell
22:45
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
23:53
Foul on Daniel Moore
23:58
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
24:03
BOOKING: Alan Reid of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
24:44
Shot taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left penalty area
24:54
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
25:45
Foul on Mark Nicolson
25:49
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
26:42
Foul on Sean Pierce
26:51
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid from the right wing
28:09
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
28:35
Foul on Paul Millar
28:38
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
29:02
Cross from Daniel Moore
29:03
Clearance by Barry Russell
29:55
Cross from David Niven
29:57
Shot taken by Daniel Moore from the centre penalty area
30:10
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
33:29
Shot taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right penalty area
33:56
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
36:11
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot
36:20
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
37:26
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot from the centre penalty area
37:33
Save made by Alexander Clark
38:46
Offside flag raised against Paul Millar
38:58
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
42:37
Corner taken by Daniel Moore with his right foot from the left byline
43:09
Save made by Derek Gaston
44:55
Foul on Alex Cooper
Half Time
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Elgin City
Second Half Started
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Elgin City
46:14
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot from the right penalty area
46:24
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
48:56
Foul on Daniel Moore
48:58
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore from the left wing
49:04
BOOKING: Steven Canning of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
49:34
Cross from Daniel Moore
49:37
Clearance by John Gemmell
49:41
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
50:18
Offside flag raised against Sean Pierce
50:19
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
52:42
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
52:47
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
53:22
Offside flag raised against Craig Gunn
53:23
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
53:51
Foul on Stuart Leslie
53:54
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore from the right wing
54:26
Cross from Daniel Moore
54:28
Clearance by Barry Russell
55:54
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
55:55
Free Kick taken by Alexander Clark
56:49
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left byline
57:14
Clearance by John Gemmell
58:29
Shot taken by Steven Canning with his right foot
58:42
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
59:40
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot
59:51
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
61:32
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot from the centre penalty area
61:32
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Elgin City
GOAL scored by John Gemmell with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
64:14
Shot taken by Alex Cooper with his right foot
64:27
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
65:35
Foul on Scott Chaplain
65:44
Free Kick taken by Steven Canning from the left wing
66:01
Cross from Steven Canning
66:14
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
66:43
Shot taken by Christopher Boyle with his right foot
66:55
Save made by Alexander Clark
67:13
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
68:34
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
69:01
Foul on Paul Millar
69:07
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
69:36
Shot taken by Paul Millar using his left foot from the left penalty area
69:43
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
71:25
Foul on John Gemmell
71:29
Free Kick taken by Christopher Boyle from the right wing
71:56
Cross from Christopher Boyle
72:00
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
73:12
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
74:09
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Robert Love on for Christopher Boyle
75:37
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
76:05
Substitution for Elgin City: Archie MacPhee on for Alex Cooper
77:51
Foul on Archie MacPhee
78:00
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
78:09
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Jack Werndly on for Sean Pierce
79:14
Goal Kick taken by Alexander Clark
79:53
Shot taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot
80:01
Save made by Alexander Clark
81:05
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
81:33
Save made by Derek Gaston
83:16
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left byline
83:53
Shot taken by Mark Nicolson from the centre penalty area
84:00
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
84:15
Substitution for Elgin City: Ross O'Donoghue on for Paul Millar
85:23
Shot taken by Stuart Leslie with his right foot from the centre penalty area
85:32
Save made by Derek Gaston
87:23
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
88:00
Offside flag raised against Robert Love
88:00
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
89:11
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot from the centre penalty area
89:11
Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Elgin City
GOAL scored by Scott Chaplain with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
90:00+2:25
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+2:33
Save made by Alexander Clark
90:00+2:43
Corner taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
Full Time
Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Elgin City
Result
Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Elgin City

Albion Rovers

vs

Elgin City

2
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
14
Shots
9
8
On Target
2
6
Off Target
7
3
Crosses
4
2
Corners
5
38
Throw Ins
26
3
Saves
6
5
Clearances
0
11
Goal Kicks
12
1
Blocks
0
12
Free Kicks
12
4
Offside
3
1
Hand Balls
0
2
Yellow Cards
0

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Derek Gaston
02.Barry Russell
03.Anthony Stevenson
04.Simon Marriott
05.Alan Reid (25+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Christopher Boyle 75+0' Tactical
07.Ciaran Donnelly
08.Steven Canning (50+0: Unsporting behaviour)
09.Scott Chaplain
10.John Gemmell
11.Sean Pierce 79+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Christopher Fahey
13.Christopher Fahey
14.James Gilmartin
15.Larry Acqua
16.Jack Werndly 79+0' Tactical
17.Robert Love 75+0' Tactical

Elgin City

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alexander Clark
02.Mark Durnan
03.Jamie Duff
04.David Niven
05.Mark Nicolson
06.Alex Cooper 77+0' Tactical
07.Paul Millar 85+0' Tactical
08.Daniel Moore
09.Stuart Leslie
10.Brian Cameron
11.Craig Gunn

Substitutes

12.John Calder
13.Archie MacPhee 77+0' Tactical
14.Ross O'Donoghue 85+0' Tactical
15.Jason Crooks
16.Graeme Beveridge

O'Byrne banned for Wee Rovers

Albion entertain Elgin in their Scottish Second Division play-off semi-final second leg without suspended defender Michael O'Byrne.

The 23-year-old picked up a red card during the 1-0 defeat at Borough Briggs and joins player-assistant manager Todd Lumsden and midfielder Ryan McStay on the sidelines.

Midfielders Chris Boyle and Tony Stevenson, though, are included after completing two-game suspensions.

Wee Rovers manager Paul Martin has ruled out Danny Ferry with a hamstring injury and has subsequently recalled Steven Canning from his loan spell at Bo'ness Juniors.

Martin said: "We are players down and a goal down but we have given themselves a fighting chance by standing together in the first leg.

"Elgin are the favourites as they have a one-goal advantage but we are in there fighting."

Elgin are without the injured duo of captain Paul Kaczan and player-assistant manager Barry Wilson.

Ross Jack has urged his City charges to banish any thoughts of sitting in and defending their slender one-goal advantage at Cliftonhill.

Jack said: "Albion Rovers defended brilliantly once they went down to 10 men in the first meeting and I think they have an advantage as they are at home.

"We are in for a really tough afternoon and I do not see the point in going down there and looking to defend for the 90 minutes.

"We will be treating things like a game at half-time when the scoreline is blank and we need a win.

"We will only do that by playing really well."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 36 39 71
2 Arbroath 36 25 63
3 Dumbarton 36 0 58
4 Airdrieonians 36 8 52
5 Stenhousemuir 36 5 51
6 East Fife 36 -2 48
7 Up Forfar Athletic 36 -13 42
8 Down Brechin City 36 -15 41
9 Albion Rovers 36 -23 37
10 Stirling Albion 36 -24 34

Updated 5/05/2012 at 17:10

 

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