East Stirlingshire 2 - 2 Stranraer

Saturday 4th February 2012
S Maxwell (3)
L Horner (45)
S Stirling (33)
C Aitken (pen 89)

Aitken rescues Stranraer

A late Christopher Aitken penalty spared Stranraer's blushes as they drew 2-2 with rock-bottom East Stirling in the Third Division.

The Shire stunned promotion-chasing Stranraer by going ahead after just three minutes.

The goal was all about midfielder Scott Maxwell, who upon seeing his corner cleared, picked up the ball and curled a sublime effort into the far corner, to leave goalkeeper Ryan Marshall stranded.

Stranraer midfielder Stephen Stirling equalised in the 33rd minute as he drilled an unstoppable 18-yard effort past Callum Antell.

The second half was only 30 seconds old when East Stirling's Lewis Horner spiced the game up with a powerful strike into the top corner to restore the hosts' lead.

Aitken had the last laugh, though, as he nervelessly converted from the spot in the 89th minute after Rhys Devlin had handled.

OfficialSteve Conroy
Attendance275
VenueOchilview Park
Kick Off
East Stirlingshire 0 - 0 Stranraer
2:15
Corner taken by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
2:56
Shot taken by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the right byline
2:56
East Stirlingshire 1 - 0 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the right byline to the bottom left of the goal.
4:43
Shot taken by Sean Winter using his left foot
4:54
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
7:15
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
8:25
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
10:17
Foul on Kevin Turner
10:22
Free Kick taken by Lewis Horner
10:49
Shot taken by Lewis Horner with his right foot
11:05
Shot taken by Lewis Horner with his right foot
11:27
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
11:44
Offside flag raised against Kevin Turner
11:45
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
12:10
Corner taken by Nathan Shepherd using his left foot from the right byline
12:31
Clearance by Michael Hunter
14:18
Foul on Iain Chisholm
14:22
Free Kick taken by Iain Chisholm
18:19
Shot taken by Nathan Shepherd with his right foot
18:29
Save made by Calum Antell
23:12
Corner taken by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
23:41
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
26:28
Corner taken by Andrew Stirling with his right foot from the right byline
26:52
Save made by Ryan Marshall
27:10
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
28:46
Foul on John Kane
28:50
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor from the right wing
29:28
Foul on Michael Moore
29:36
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
31:02
Hand Ball taken by Kevin Turner
31:05
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
31:23
Shot taken by Scott Maxwell using his left foot from the left wing
31:46
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
32:39
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the right penalty area
32:39
East Stirlingshire 1 - 1 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
35:05
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm with his right foot
35:19
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
36:03
Foul on Michael Moore
36:12
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
36:51
Cross from Stephen Stirling
36:58
Save made by Calum Antell
37:04
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline
37:26
Clearance by Rhys Devlin
37:36
Shot taken by Sean Winter from the right penalty area
37:57
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
39:12
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
40:07
Shot taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot from the right penalty area
40:32
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
42:43
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot
42:54
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
44:15
Foul on Kevin Turner
44:19
Free Kick taken by Rhys Devlin
45:00+0:35
Corner taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot from the right byline
45:00+1:05
Shot taken by Michael Moore from the centre penalty area
45:00+1:27
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
Half Time
East Stirlingshire 1 - 1 Stranraer
Second Half Started
East Stirlingshire 1 - 1 Stranraer
45:31
Shot taken by Lewis Horner with his right foot
45:31
East Stirlingshire 2 - 1 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Lewis Horner with his right foot to the top left of the goal.
46:57
Shot taken by Lewis Horner with his right foot
47:08
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
48:29
Offside flag raised against Kevin Turner
48:31
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
48:55
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline
49:17
Shot taken by Frank McKeown from the centre penalty area
49:29
Save made by Calum Antell
49:38
Foul on Stephen Stirling
49:44
Free Kick taken by John Kane
51:49
Shot taken by Alexander Lurinsky with his right foot
52:01
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
54:57
Shot taken by Lewis Horner with his right foot from the right penalty area
55:26
Corner taken by Andrew Stirling with his right foot from the left byline
56:00
Substitution for Stranraer: Martin Grehan on for Nathan Shepherd
56:15
Clearance by Scott Taggart
56:58
Save made by Ryan Marshall
58:04
Corner taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot from the right byline
58:16
Clearance by Rhys Devlin
59:17
BOOKING: John Kane of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
61:02
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline
61:17
Shot taken by Michael Moore from the centre penalty area
61:30
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
62:48
Shot taken by Michael Moore from the left penalty area
63:00
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
65:19
Foul on Stephen Stirling
65:24
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
65:32
BOOKING: Kevin Turner of East Stirlingshire given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
65:54
Cross from Stephen Stirling
65:59
Shot taken by Michael Moore from the centre penalty area
66:36
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
67:35
Offside flag raised against Kevin Turner
67:37
Free Kick taken by Frank McKeown
67:43
Substitution for Stranraer: Christopher Aitken on for John Kane
69:22
Shot taken by Alexander Lurinsky with his right foot from the left penalty area
70:00
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
71:53
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
73:13
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
73:59
Foul on Frank McKeown
74:04
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor from the left wing
76:14
BOOKING: Michael Hunter of East Stirlingshire given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
76:39
Substitution for East Stirlingshire: Graeme Ramage on for Alexander Lurinsky
77:59
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
79:08
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot
79:19
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
79:25
Substitution for Stranraer: Stuart McColm on for Craig Malcolm
80:06
Shot taken by Michael Moore with his right foot
80:18
Save made by Calum Antell
81:51
Shot taken by Sean Winter from the right penalty area
82:13
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the right byline
82:26
Clearance by Joseph Dingwall
83:09
Shot taken by Lewis Horner using his left foot from the left penalty area
83:32
Save made by Ryan Marshall
85:36
Shot taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot
85:51
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
86:36
Foul on Steven Noble
86:42
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
87:09
Corner taken by Scott Taggart with his right foot from the right byline
87:45
Hand Ball taken by Rhys Devlin
88:17
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Christopher Aitken and scored with his right foot to the bottom left
88:17
East Stirlingshire 2 - 2 Stranraer
GOAL scored by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom left of the goal.
89:08
Offside flag raised against Michael Moore
89:11
Free Kick taken by Calum Antell
90:00+0:44
Goal Kick taken by Ryan Marshall
90:00+1:14
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
90:00+1:50
Shot taken by Sean Winter with his right foot from the right penalty area
90:00+2:02
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
Full Time
East Stirlingshire 2 - 2 Stranraer

East Stirlingshire

vs

Stranraer

2
Goals
2
0
Assists
1
10
Shots
17
2
On Target
4
8
Off Target
13
0
Crosses
2
4
Corners
8
21
Throw Ins
31
4
Saves
3
4
Clearances
1
19
Goal Kicks
8
4
Free Kicks
11
3
Offside
1
0
Penalties
1
2
Hand Balls
0
2
Yellow Cards
1

East Stirlingshire

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Calum Antell
02.Iain Chisholm
03.Joseph Dingwall
04.Andrew Stirling
05.Rhys Devlin
06.Michael Hunter (77+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Scott Maxwell
08.Lewis Horner
09.Steven Jackson
10.Alexander Lurinsky 77+0' Tactical
11.Kevin Turner (66+0: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

12.Grant Hay
13.Jordyn Sheerin
14.Jamie Benton
15.Fraser Team
16.Graeme Ramage 77+0' Tactical

Stranraer

Formation: 4-4-2

17.Ryan Marshall
02.Nathan Shepherd 56+0' Tactical
03.Scott Taggart
04.David MacGregor
05.Frank McKeown
06.Steven Noble
07.Sean Winter
08.Stephen Stirling
09.John Kane (60+0: Unsporting behaviour) 68+0' Tactical
10.Craig Malcolm 80+0' Tactical
11.Michael Moore

Substitutes

12.David Mitchell
13.Grant Gallagher
14.Christopher Aitken 68+0' Tactical
15.Martin Grehan 56+0' Tactical
16.Stuart McColm 80+0' Tactical

Cane unavailable as Shire seek to avoid another spanking

Bottom side East Stirling will be without David Cane against Stranraer.

Defender Cane is sidelined with a groin injury and misses out against the side which put six past Shire last time they met.

Boss John Coughlin said: "We took a really heavy defeat down there and it would be good to see how far we have progressed since then.

"We have had a couple of decent results recently and we have to look to take something from this game in a bid to catch the teams above us in the table.

"We know that Stranraer are a really good side, especially going forward so our plan has to be to control them and see what we can to do to score."

Stranraer's Chris Aitken is fit for the trip.

Aitken came through his brief substitute appearance against Elgin City last week unscathed after nearly three months out with a broken foot, and he is included in a full-strength squad.

Despite their 5-2 success over the Borough Briggs side, manager Keith Knox is looking for an improvement.

"That game could have finished 5-5," he said. "We were really slack at the back in the first half but improved in the second, but I have asked the players to tighten up defensively for the full 90 minutes.

"We may have beaten East Stirling 6-0 in our last meeting but this game will be different.

"They have hit a bit of form just now so we need to play well to take all three points."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Alloa Athletic 23 18 51
2 Stranraer 23 22 42
3 Annan Athletic 22 6 36
4 Queen's Park 21 10 34
5 Elgin City 19 0 28
6 Berwick Rangers 20 -1 25
7 Peterhead 21 -7 22
8 Up Montrose 22 -13 22
9 Down Clyde 20 -3 21
10 East Stirlingshire 23 -32 14

Updated 4/02/2012 at 16:57

 

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