Stranraer 2 - 0 Albion Rovers

Wednesday 16th May 2012
F McKeown (39)
M Moore (90+2)

Blues take charge

Stranraer moved a huge step towards promotion to the Scottish Second Division after taking a 2-0 lead from their play-off final first leg at home to Albion.

The Blues took the lead six minutes before half-time when Frank McKeown tapped home Stephen Stirling's cross from six yards.

Martin Grehan came close to doubling Stranraer's lead 10 minutes into the second half but Albion keeper Derek Gaston parried away his 18-yard effort.

Sean Winter missed a decent close-range chance for the hosts while Albion rarely threatened with Sean Pierce and Ryan McStay firing shots off target from range.

But Stranraer added a crucial second goal in injury time, Michael Moore finding the bottom corner from 12 yards to leave Albion staring relegation in the face.

OfficialStevie O'Reilly
Attendance506
VenueStair Park
Kick Off
Stranraer 0 - 0 Albion Rovers
0:32
Shot taken by Sean Pierce with his right foot
0:46
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
1:26
Foul on Micheal O'Byrne
1:35
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
3:12
Foul on Stephen Stirling
3:16
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
4:18
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
5:01
Foul on Christopher Boyle
5:14
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly
8:07
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
8:41
Save made by David Mitchell
8:54
Foul on Todd Lumsden
9:00
Free Kick taken by Todd Lumsden
10:46
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
11:27
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
11:28
Free Kick taken by Todd Lumsden
17:07
Foul on John Gemmell
17:17
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay from the left wing
17:49
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
19:03
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot from the left penalty area
19:11
Save made by David Mitchell
21:01
Foul on Todd Lumsden
21:10
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
22:24
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the right penalty area
22:41
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
23:21
Shot taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot
23:39
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
24:56
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
26:30
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot
26:39
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
28:57
Foul on Steven Noble
29:02
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor from the left wing
30:59
Foul on Sean Winter
31:03
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
31:49
Foul on Grant Gallagher
31:53
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken from the right wing
32:16
Cross from Christopher Aitken
32:26
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
33:36
Offside flag raised against Barry Russell
33:38
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
34:09
Offside flag raised against Sean Pierce
34:11
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
35:30
Shot taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot
35:46
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
36:10
Foul on Barry Russell
36:14
Free Kick taken by Ryan McStay
36:33
Cross from Ryan McStay
36:38
Clearance by Martin Grehan
36:55
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
36:57
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
37:15
Foul on Sean Winter
37:19
BOOKING: Ciaran Donnelly of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
37:29
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken from the right wing
38:04
Cross from Christopher Aitken
38:06
Clearance by Derek Gaston
38:08
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
38:44
Shot taken by Frank McKeown with his right foot from the left six yard line
38:44
Stranraer 1 - 0 Albion Rovers
GOAL scored by Frank McKeown with his right foot from the left six yard line to the bottom left of the goal.
39:38
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
39:39
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
40:04
Offside flag raised against Grant Gallagher
40:05
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
41:00
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
41:49
Offside flag raised against Sean Pierce
41:50
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
44:22
Shot taken by Christopher Boyle with his right foot from the right penalty area
44:31
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
Half Time
Stranraer 1 - 0 Albion Rovers
45:01
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Robert Love on for Sean Pierce
Second Half Started
Stranraer 1 - 0 Albion Rovers
46:26
Offside flag raised against Grant Gallagher
46:27
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
46:55
Foul on Frank McKeown
47:04
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
47:36
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
47:38
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
48:27
Foul on John Gemmell
48:33
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
49:42
Foul on Christopher Aitken
49:46
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
49:57
Foul on Grant Gallagher
50:05
Free Kick taken by Steven Noble from the left wing
50:56
Foul on Sean Winter
51:03
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
54:19
Shot taken by Martin Grehan with his right foot from the right penalty area
54:31
Save made by Derek Gaston
55:17
Foul on David Mitchell
55:23
BOOKING: John Gemmell of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
55:32
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
57:27
Shot taken by Sean Winter using his left foot from the right penalty area
57:38
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
58:22
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot from the left penalty area
58:33
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
58:52
Foul on Micheal O'Byrne
58:56
Free Kick taken by Todd Lumsden
60:31
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
60:33
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
60:56
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
61:38
Foul on Barry Russell
61:46
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
62:57
Foul on Todd Lumsden
63:12
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
65:11
Hand Ball taken by Robert Love
65:13
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
67:43
Shot taken by Steven Canning with his right foot
67:55
Block taken by David MacGregor
68:23
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
70:19
BOOKING: Christopher Aitken of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
74:34
Foul on John Gemmell
74:38
Free Kick taken by John Gemmell
75:23
Shot taken by John Gemmell with his right foot
78:02
Corner taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
78:27
Save made by David Mitchell
79:38
Shot taken by Grant Gallagher with his right foot
79:53
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for Martin Grehan
80:19
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
82:32
Hand Ball taken by Scott Taggart
82:34
Free Kick taken by Barry Russell
84:28
Offside flag raised against John Gemmell
84:30
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
86:28
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
86:46
Foul on Michael Moore
86:50
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
87:58
Foul on Christopher Aitken
88:03
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
88:53
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Simon Marriott on for Christopher Boyle
90:00+1:03
Shot taken by Michael Moore with his right foot from the left penalty area
90:00+1:03
Stranraer 2 - 0 Albion Rovers
GOAL scored by Michael Moore with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
Full Time
Stranraer 2 - 0 Albion Rovers

Stranraer

vs

Albion Rovers

2
Goals
0
2
Assists
0
7
Shots
8
3
On Target
3
4
Off Target
5
2
Crosses
1
2
Corners
2
28
Throw Ins
34
3
Saves
1
1
Clearances
1
9
Goal Kicks
8
1
Blocks
0
21
Free Kicks
15
3
Offside
8
1
Hand Balls
1
1
Yellow Cards
2

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

01.David Mitchell
02.Scott Taggart
04.David MacGregor
05.Frank McKeown
11.Grant Gallagher
03.Steven Noble
06.Christopher Aitken (71+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Sean Winter
08.Stephen Stirling
09.Craig Malcolm
10.Martin Grehan 80+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Ryan Marshall
15.Zakaria Belkouche
16.John Kane
12.Michael Moore 80+0' Tactical
14.Stuart McColm

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Derek Gaston
02.Barry Russell
03.Anthony Stevenson
04.Ciaran Donnelly (38+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Todd Lumsden
06.Micheal O'Byrne
07.Christopher Boyle 89+0' Tactical
08.Steven Canning
09.Ryan McStay
10.John Gemmell (56+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.Sean Pierce 45+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Christopher Fahey
13.Christopher Fahey
14.Simon Marriott 89+0' Tactical
15.Scott Chaplain
16.Robert Love 45+0' Tactical
17.Joseph Acquah

Winter warmer for Stranraer

Stranraer can include the attacking threat of Sean Winter for their Second Division play-off final first leg with Albion Rovers.

The 24-year-old-shook off the ankle knock he picked up against Queen's Park at the semi-final stage and is now fit.

Midfielder Ryan Borris has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, with Stair Park boss Keith Knox paying his opponents full respect.

Knox said: "We know Albion Rovers well from our time in the Third Division and there was never much between us. I am sure that the play-off games will be the same.

"We played really well against Queen's Park in our first leg last week and that gave us a great platform for the second meeting. Taking a similar lead to a difficult venue for the Second Leg would be a great outcome."

Albion Rovers have player-assistant-manager Todd Lumsden, Michael O'Byrne and Ryan McStay available after suspension.

Danny Ferry is over his hamstring problem and is available with striker John Gemmell playing his last game of the season as he sits out Sunday's second leg due to suspension.

Manager Paul Martin said: "Knowing John I am sure he will want to put on a big performance before his season ends but we need a big performance from everyone as despite us being in the higher league Stranraer are favourites for win promotion.

"They dismantled a very good Queen's Park side 5-1 in their semi-final but our players have shown a lot of mental toughness recently and hopefully will again."

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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