Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Stranraer

Saturday 5th November 2011
R McCord (58)

Say Alloa to second spot

Alloa leapfrogged Stranraer to move up to second in the Scottish Third Division table with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Recreation Park.

The home side shaded the opening stages, with Ryan Harding's header drifting just wide of the Stranraer goal from six yards out.

Both sides had chances to forge ahead but Alloa were the first to convert one of many opportunities, midfielder Ryan McCord heading home Graeme Holmes' cross from the right just before the hour mark.

Ben Gordon was dismissed for Alloa after receiving his second yellow in stoppage time, giving Stranraer hope of a point.

Substitute Michael Moore could have earned them a draw but the striker fluffed his lines when he struck his shot straight at Craig McDowall with seconds remaining.

OfficialGreg Aitken
Attendance502
VenueRecreation Park
Kick Off
Alloa Athletic 0 - 0 Stranraer
0:38
Foul on Craig Malcolm
0:47
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
2:06
Foul on Grant Gallagher
2:16
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
2:29
Cross from Christopher Aitken
2:33
Save made by Craig McDowall
3:08
Foul on Ryan McCord
3:15
Free Kick taken by Fraser Forrest
3:41
Shot taken by Kevin Cawley with his right foot from the left penalty area
4:00
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
4:20
Foul on Steven Noble
4:30
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
8:34
Foul on Craig Malcolm
8:42
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
9:03
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
9:36
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot
9:46
Save made by Craig McDowall
12:42
Foul on Christopher Aitken
12:50
BOOKING: Graeme Holmes of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
12:52
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
14:17
Foul on Martin Grehan
14:24
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
14:53
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
15:18
Clearance by Sean Winter
16:15
Foul on Mark McCullagh
16:21
Free Kick taken by Mark McCullagh
16:40
Offside flag raised against Kevin Cawley
17:15
Shot taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the centre penalty area
17:32
Block taken by Ben Gordon
17:38
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
17:49
Clearance by Ben Gordon
21:10
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
21:37
Clearance by Christopher Aitken
23:12
Shot taken by Robert Winters with his right foot from the centre penalty area
23:29
Block taken by David MacGregor
23:33
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
23:52
Cross from Ben Gordon
24:12
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
25:29
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
26:13
Shot taken by Martin Grehan with his right foot from the right penalty area
26:24
Save made by Craig McDowall
26:34
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline going out of play
27:41
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the right byline
28:07
Shot taken by Ben Gordon from the centre penalty area
28:22
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
29:01
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
29:27
Shot taken by Scott Taggart from the right six yard line
29:36
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
30:05
Foul on Grant Gallagher
30:19
Free Kick taken by Scott Taggart
30:56
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
30:57
Free Kick taken by Ryan McCord
32:26
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling using his left foot from the left penalty area
32:39
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
35:42
Foul on Martin Grehan
35:48
Free Kick taken by Sean Winter from the left wing
36:28
Cross from Kevin Cawley
39:20
Cross from Kevin Cawley
40:06
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
40:56
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
41:36
Offside flag raised against Sean Winter
41:39
Free Kick taken by Ryan Harding
42:10
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
43:14
Foul on Martin Grehan
43:23
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
43:39
Foul on Graeme Holmes
43:48
Free Kick taken by Craig McDowall
45:00+0:34
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot from the left penalty area
45:00+1:03
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
Half Time
Alloa Athletic 0 - 0 Stranraer
Second Half Started
Alloa Athletic 0 - 0 Stranraer
45:29
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
49:04
Foul on Graeme Holmes
49:12
Free Kick taken by Craig McDowall
49:59
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot from the right penalty area
50:10
Save made by Craig McDowall
50:53
Shot taken by Darren Young with his right foot
51:07
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
53:26
Corner taken by Ryan McCord with his right foot from the right byline
53:50
Shot taken by Ben Gordon from the centre penalty area
54:05
Save made by David Mitchell
55:18
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the centre penalty area
55:25
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
55:41
BOOKING: Ben Gordon of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for dissent
57:22
Shot taken by Ryan McCord from the right six yard line
57:22
Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Ryan McCord from the right six yard line to the bottom left of the goal.
58:35
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
58:51
Clearance by Graeme Holmes
63:39
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Steven Masterton on for Robert Winters
64:05
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
64:27
Foul on Darren Young
64:34
Free Kick taken by Ryan Harding
65:13
Offside flag raised against Kevin Cawley
65:14
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
66:34
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
66:46
Clearance by Ben Gordon
69:35
Shot taken by Grant Gallagher with his right foot
69:45
Goal Kick taken by Craig McDowall
70:10
Foul on Mark McCullagh
70:18
Free Kick taken by Ben Gordon
71:11
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
71:26
Clearance by Fraser Forrest
71:36
Foul on Frank McKeown
71:47
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
71:53
Cross from Christopher Aitken
72:03
Shot taken by Martin Grehan from the right six yard line
72:13
Save made by Craig McDowall
72:20
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
72:35
Clearance by Ryan Harding
73:29
BOOKING: Christopher Aitken of Stranraer given yellow card for dissent
74:14
Foul on Grant Gallagher
74:26
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
74:28
BOOKING: Fraser Forrest of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
74:53
Cross from Christopher Aitken
74:57
Clearance by Ryan Harding
76:16
Foul on Graeme Holmes
76:26
Free Kick taken by Steven Masterton from the left wing
78:39
Shot taken by Fraser Forrest with his right foot from the right penalty area
78:45
BOOKING: Ryan McCord of Alloa Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
78:59
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for David MacGregor
79:12
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
79:28
Save made by David Mitchell
79:43
Clearance by Ryan Harding
81:08
Offside flag raised against Graeme Holmes
81:11
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
81:28
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Ross McCord on for Graeme Holmes
82:29
Corner taken by Steven Masterton with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
83:25
Substitution for Stranraer: Stuart McColm on for Scott Taggart
84:18
Clearance by Frank McKeown
85:26
Foul on Mark McCullagh
85:34
Free Kick taken by Ben Gordon
85:36
Substitution for Alloa Athletic: Maxwell Wright on for Ryan McCord
86:55
Corner taken by Steven Masterton with his right foot from the right byline going out of play
88:29
Offside flag raised against Maxwell Wright
88:30
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
89:36
Foul on Frank McKeown
89:43
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
90:00+0:23
Foul on Sean Winter
90:00+0:35
DISMISSAL: Ben Gordon of Alloa Athletic sent off for second bookable offence
90:00+0:52
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
90:00+1:05
Cross from Christopher Aitken
90:00+1:10
Clearance by Ryan Harding
90:00+1:41
Shot taken by Michael Moore with his right foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+1:55
Save made by Craig McDowall
90:00+2:51
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the right byline
90:00+3:13
Clearance by Fraser Forrest
Full Time
Alloa Athletic 1 - 0 Stranraer

Alloa Athletic

vs

Stranraer

1
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
7
Shots
11
4
On Target
6
3
Off Target
5
3
Crosses
4
7
Corners
9
16
Throw Ins
21
6
Saves
2
9
Clearances
3
9
Goal Kicks
7
1
Blocks
1
10
Free Kicks
16
4
Offside
2
4
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0

Alloa Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Craig McDowall
02.James Doyle
03.Ben Gordon (56+0: Dissent) (90+1: Second Bookable Offence)
04.Fraser Forrest (75+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Mark McCullagh
06.Ryan Harding
07.Graeme Holmes (13+0: Unsporting behaviour) 82+0' Tactical
08.Darren Young
09.Ryan McCord (79+0: Unsporting behaviour) 86+0' Tactical
10.Robert Winters 64+0' Tactical
11.Kevin Cawley

Substitutes

12.Mikey Couser
13.Steven Masterton 64+0' Tactical
14.Ross McCord 82+0' Tactical
15.Armand One
16.Maxwell Wright 86+0' Tactical

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

01.David Mitchell
02.Scott Taggart 84+0' Injury
04.David MacGregor 79+0' Tactical
05.Frank McKeown
11.Grant Gallagher
03.Steven Noble
06.Christopher Aitken (74+0: Dissent)
07.Sean Winter
08.Stephen Stirling
09.Craig Malcolm
10.Martin Grehan

Substitutes

17.Ryan Marshall
13.Nathan Shepherd
14.John Kane
15.Michael Moore 79+0' Tactical
16.Stuart McColm 84+0' Injury

Last 5 Meetings

Bain banned for Alloa

Goalkeeper Scott Bain misses out through suspension as Alloa look to bounce back from Scottish Cup disappointment against Annan last weekend by getting their promotion push going again against Stranraer at Recreation Park.

Craig McDowall will come in to deputise with every outfield player available to manager Paul Hartley, who is hoping his men come out on top in the battle of two disappointed sides.

Hartley said: "We are disappointed at going out of the cup and they will be disappointed at losing in the league after a long unbeaten run so it could be a case of who handles that best.

"We had a terrific game against them at the start of the season that we won 3-2. A repeat of that would be great."

Stranraer will be without former club captain Danny Mitchell due to family commitments.

But fit-again defender David McGregor will travel.

The second-placed Blues lost for the first time in nine games last Saturday against Queen's Park and manager Keith Knox reckons that meeting the Wasps is the perfect game for his men to get going again in.

Knox said: "We were disappointing last weekend but we have a great opportunity to get right back on the rails at Alloa.

"They will have been disappointed as well last week after going out of the Scottish Cup and will also be looking for a win to get going again, so it should be a great game."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Annan Athletic 10 10 23
2 Up Alloa Athletic 10 1 20
3 Down Stranraer 11 9 19
4 Down Queen's Park 11 2 18
5 Elgin City 10 7 17
6 Clyde 10 6 15
7 Berwick Rangers 10 0 12
8 Montrose 10 -7 12
9 Peterhead 10 -8 5
10 East Stirlingshire 10 -20 3

Updated 5/11/2011 at 18:44