Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer

Sunday 20th May 2012
Albion Rovers win 0-0 on penalties
S Chaplain (6, pen 33)
R Love (25)
M Grehan (27)

Albion avoid the drop

Albion preserved their place in the Scottish Second Division after a dramatic penalty shoot-out play-off final triumph over Stranraer, who will play Third Division football again next season.

Scott Chaplain and Robert Love cancelled out Stranraer's 2-0 advantage from Wednesday's first leg before Martin Grehan quickly put the visitors back into a 3-2 aggregate lead at Cliftonville.

Albion were soon level again, though, as Chaplain grabbed his second from the spot and it remained 3-3 on aggregate throughout extra-time, leaving Ciaran Donnelly to win it for Albion 5-3 on spot-kicks after goalkeeper Derek Gaston had saved from Frank McKeown.

With the first goal crucial, it was the hosts who set the pattern for an exciting afternoon as Chaplain received the ball off Love from the right and found the bottom corner from 12 yards after just six minutes.

Love turned goalscorer midway through the first half when he drilled into the top corner from a similar position, but the advantage remained for just two minutes as Grehan fired home a well-taken effort from the edge of the area.

A thrilling eight-minute passage of play took another twist when Grant Gallagher handballed in the area and Chaplain stepped up to power home the resulting penalty and make it 3-1 on the day.

And that was the way it stayed despite both sides enjoying a host of second-half chances to clinch matters, while Grehan saw a shot turned around a post by Gaston in the first half of extra-time.

OfficialBrian Winter
Attendance1,008
VenueCliftonhill Stadium
Kick Off
Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Stranraer
0:24
Foul on Christopher Boyle
0:29
Free Kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly
0:47
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
1:04
Save made by David Mitchell
1:22
Hand Ball taken by Martin Grehan
1:24
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
3:09
Shot taken by Grant Gallagher with his right foot
3:13
Save made by Derek Gaston
3:38
Foul on Micheal O'Byrne
3:41
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
5:07
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot from the centre penalty area
5:07
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Scott Chaplain with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
7:40
Shot taken by Sean Winter with his right foot
7:45
Save made by Derek Gaston
8:21
Foul on Anthony Stevenson
8:24
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
9:29
Shot taken by Larry Acqua with his right foot from the centre penalty area
9:38
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
10:23
Foul on Stephen Stirling
10:26
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
12:33
Offside flag raised against Craig Malcolm
12:34
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
14:19
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Jack Werndly on for Daniel Ferry
14:47
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
16:05
Foul on Steven Noble
16:10
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
18:34
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
19:02
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm using his left foot from the right penalty area
19:12
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
19:39
Foul on Anthony Stevenson
19:44
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
20:10
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
20:45
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot
21:03
Block taken by Alan Reid
21:06
Corner taken by Grant Gallagher with his right foot from the right byline
24:27
Shot taken by Robert Love with his right foot from the centre penalty area
24:27
Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Robert Love with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
26:13
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot from the left penalty area
26:13
Albion Rovers 2 - 1 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Martin Grehan using his left foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
27:52
Foul on Alan Reid
27:57
Free Kick taken by Christopher Boyle
28:29
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
31:27
Hand Ball taken by Grant Gallagher
32:15
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Scott Chaplain and scored with his right foot to the bottom right
32:15
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Scott Chaplain with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom right of the goal.
33:22
Foul on Alan Reid
33:27
Free Kick taken by Micheal O'Byrne
34:36
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
35:46
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the left byline
36:42
Offside flag raised against Craig Malcolm
36:44
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
37:49
Shot taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot
37:56
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
38:42
Shot taken by Scott Chaplain with his right foot
38:52
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
39:39
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
39:58
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
40:05
Foul on Steven Noble
40:11
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
41:45
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
43:03
Foul on Craig Malcolm
43:06
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
44:53
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
45:00+0:37
Foul on Steven Noble
45:00+0:43
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
45:00+1:01
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
45:00+2:02
Corner taken by Jack Werndly with his right foot from the right byline
45:00+2:28
Save made by David Mitchell
Half Time
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
45:01
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Barry Russell on for Christopher Boyle
Second Half Started
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
45:44
Shot taken by Steven Canning with his right foot
45:54
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
48:00
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
52:55
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
53:00
Clearance by Ciaran Donnelly
54:54
BOOKING: Steven Noble of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
55:11
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
55:35
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
56:54
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
57:22
Shot taken by Martin Grehan with his right foot from the centre penalty area
57:32
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
59:08
Substitution for Albion Rovers: Ryan McStay on for Scott Chaplain
61:31
Substitution for Stranraer: Ryan Borris on for Sean Winter
62:26
Shot taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot
62:35
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
63:44
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
64:04
Foul on Ciaran Donnelly
64:13
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
66:04
Shot taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot
66:12
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
66:29
BOOKING: Ryan McStay of Albion Rovers given yellow card for dissent
67:43
Shot taken by Jack Werndly with his right foot
67:53
Save made by David Mitchell
69:48
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for Craig Malcolm
70:22
Foul on Jack Werndly
70:30
Free Kick taken by Derek Gaston
71:02
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
71:32
Foul on Martin Grehan
71:36
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
72:53
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
74:48
Foul on Christopher Aitken
74:51
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
78:09
BOOKING: Michael Moore of Stranraer given yellow card for dissent
78:27
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
80:40
Shot taken by Larry Acqua with his right foot
80:51
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
81:57
Shot taken by Grant Gallagher from the centre penalty area
82:06
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
83:20
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
83:46
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
84:50
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson with his right foot from the right byline
85:01
Save made by David Mitchell
85:20
Foul on David Mitchell
85:23
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
86:00+2:10
BOOKING: Alan Reid of Albion Rovers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
86:16
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
87:02
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
90:00+1:41
Shot taken by Barry Russell with his right foot
90:00+1:50
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
Full Time
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
Full Time - Extra time to be played
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
Extra Time Started
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
91:05
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
91:20
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
92:35
Corner taken by Steven Noble with his right foot from the right byline
93:29
Shot taken by Michael Moore with his right foot
93:35
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
94:32
Foul on Martin Grehan
94:37
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
95:15
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
95:48
Foul on David MacGregor
95:50
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
96:32
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
97:05
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
98:13
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
98:40
Shot taken by Martin Grehan with his right foot from the right penalty area
98:47
Save made by Derek Gaston
98:51
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
99:10
Save made by Derek Gaston
100:59
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
101:13
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
103:15
Shot taken by Ryan McStay with his right foot
103:25
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
104:01
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
104:12
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
104:56
Foul on David MacGregor
105:00+0:01
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
Extra Time Half Time
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
Extra Time Second Half Started
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
105:22
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
105:43
Shot taken by Ryan Borris with his right foot
105:53
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
106:44
Offside flag raised against Larry Acqua
106:45
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
108:36
Goal Kick taken by Alan Reid
109:30
Shot taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot
109:43
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
110:39
Substitution for Stranraer: Stuart McColm on for Grant Gallagher
113:24
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
113:42
Clearance by Alan Reid
113:48
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
114:01
Save made by Derek Gaston
114:11
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
116:02
Shot taken by Stuart McColm with his right foot
116:11
Goal Kick taken by Derek Gaston
116:50
Foul on Stephen Stirling
116:54
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
117:24
Foul on Christopher Aitken
117:31
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
118:29
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
118:48
Offside flag raised against Larry Acqua
118:50
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
119:26
Foul on Stephen Stirling
119:31
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
Extra Time Full Time
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
Extra Time Full Time - Penalties being played
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Anthony Stevenson and scored with his right foot to the bottom left of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Frank McKeown and saved with his right foot to the bottom left of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 2 - 0 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Ryan McStay and scored with his right foot to the top left of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 2 - 1 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Michael Moore and scored with his right foot to the top right of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 3 - 1 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Jack Werndly and scored with his right foot to the bottom left of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 3 - 2 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Scott Taggart and scored with his right foot to the top right of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 4 - 2 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Micheal O'Byrne and scored with his right foot to the bottom left of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 4 - 3 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Stephen Stirling and scored with his right foot going centre low of goal
SHOOT-OUT
Albion Rovers 5 - 3 Stranraer
Shootout Penalty taken by Ciaran Donnelly and scored with his right foot to the bottom left of goal

Albion Rovers

vs

Stranraer

3
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
10
Shots
14
3
On Target
5
7
Off Target
9
4
Corners
8
29
Throw Ins
18
5
Saves
4
2
Clearances
0
27
Goal Kicks
23
1
Blocks
0
11
Free Kicks
16
2
Offside
2
1
Penalties
0
0
Hand Balls
2
2
Yellow Cards
2

Albion Rovers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Derek Gaston
02.Alan Reid (86+3: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Anthony Stevenson
05.Ciaran Donnelly
06.Micheal O'Byrne
03.Christopher Boyle 45+0' Tactical
07.Robert Love
08.Steven Canning
11.Daniel Ferry 15+0' Injury
09.Larry Acqua
10.Scott Chaplain 60+0' Tactical

Substitutes

17.Christopher Fahey
17.Christopher Fahey
14.Barry Russell 45+0' Tactical
15.Jack Werndly 15+0' Injury
16.Ryan McStay (67+0: Dissent) 60+0' Tactical
17.Sean Pierce

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

01.David Mitchell
02.Scott Taggart
03.Steven Noble (55+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.David MacGregor
05.Frank McKeown
06.Christopher Aitken
07.Sean Winter 62+0' Tactical
08.Stephen Stirling
11.Grant Gallagher 111+0' Tactical
09.Craig Malcolm 70+0' Injury
10.Martin Grehan

Substitutes

17.Ryan Marshall
15.Zakaria Belkouche
16.Ryan Borris 62+0' Tactical
12.Michael Moore (79+0: Dissent) 70+0' Injury
14.Stuart McColm 111+0' Tactical

Reid ready for crunch clash

Defender Alan Reid is set to return after illness as Albion look to overturn a two-goal deficit to Stranraer in the Scottish Second Division play-off final.

Suspended striker John Gemmell will not be available for Sunday's second leg, with Wee Rovers manager Paul Martin set to pick a replacement from the trio of Robert Love, Danny Mackay and Jack Werndly.

Martin said: "Stranraer are in a very strong position but we are at home and are looking to make it a really great game.

"I will freshen things up from Wednesday night to ensure we are doing everything at a pace that suits us and not Stranraer.

"We have enjoyed being in the Second Division and do not want to give up our position."

Stranraer will hand midfielder Ryan Borris a fitness test.

The 28-year-old is doubtful after suffering a hamstring injury but every other member of the Blues squad is fit and available.

The Stair Park side are looking to build on a 2-0 advantage from the first leg in order to return to the third tier after a three-year absence.

Assistant manager Stephen Aitken said: "We go into this game in the same way we went into the semi-final second leg against Queen's Park in that we are two goals ahead.

"We scored two quick goals there to get the tie won and it would be great to do that in this game as promotion would be a fantastic achievement."

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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