Stranraer 1 - 0 Clyde

Saturday 18th February 2012
S Stirling (54)

Stirling work for Stranraer

Stephen Stirling's second-half goal was the difference as Stranraer beat Clyde 1-0 at Stair Park.

Chances were at a premium in the first half but Craig Malcolm came closest for the home side just before the interval, his effort coming back off the bar.

The Blues took the lead 10 minutes after the restart when Stirling finished inside the area after his original effort was blocked.

Christopher Aitken's free-kick almost produced a second goal minutes later but David Crawford produced a fine save to keep it out.

The visiting keeper was called on shortly after, Martin Grehan was next to be denied by another good stop.

Clyde struggled to create any clear-cut chances as Stranraer held firm to extend their unbeaten run to four matches and close the gap on league leaders Alloa.

OfficialGary Hilland
Attendance385
VenueStair Park
Kick Off
Stranraer 0 - 0 Clyde
2:24
Foul on Martin Grehan
2:30
Free Kick taken by Stephen Stirling
4:40
Shot taken by Gavin Brown using his left foot
4:48
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
5:15
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
5:39
Clearance by Lee Sharp
8:10
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
10:20
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
15:20
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the right byline
15:51
Clearance by Brian McQueen
15:58
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling using his left foot
16:09
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
17:11
Shot taken by Stephen McDonald using his left foot
17:20
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
19:41
Foul on Paul Hay
19:48
Free Kick taken by Paul Hay
20:07
Foul on Martin Grehan
20:12
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
21:21
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
21:24
Clearance by Lee Sharp
22:20
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
25:50
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
28:20
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
31:00
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
33:26
Shot taken by Kieran Brannan using his left foot
33:39
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
34:19
Corner taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
34:39
Clearance by Declan Gallagher
35:43
Foul on Stephen McDonald
35:49
Free Kick taken by Paul Hay
37:33
Foul on Grant Gallagher
37:39
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
38:59
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm using his left foot from the left penalty area
42:00
Foul on Stephen Stirling
42:17
Free Kick taken by David MacGregor
42:45
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
43:29
BOOKING: Michael Oliver of Clyde given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
43:51
Free Kick taken by David Mitchell
44:31
Foul on Lee Sharp
44:37
Free Kick taken by David Crawford
Half Time
Stranraer 0 - 0 Clyde
Second Half Started
Stranraer 0 - 0 Clyde
48:07
Foul on John Kane
48:14
Free Kick taken by John Kane
48:20
Offside flag raised against Craig Malcolm
48:21
Free Kick taken by Declan Gallagher
48:55
Foul on Grant Gallagher
49:03
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken from the left wing
52:30
Foul on Lee Sharp
52:34
Free Kick taken by David Crawford
53:37
Shot taken by Stephen Stirling using his left foot
53:38
Block taken by Declan Gallagher
53:41
Stranraer 1 - 0 Clyde
GOAL scored by Stephen Stirling using his left foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
55:26
Foul on Christopher Aitken
55:35
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
55:57
BOOKING: Christopher Aitken of Stranraer given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
57:05
Shot taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot
57:12
Save made by David Crawford
57:41
Foul on Lee Sharp
57:52
Free Kick taken by Paul Hay
59:59
Substitution for Clyde: John Sweeney on for Michael Oliver
61:54
Foul on Grant Gallagher
62:00
Free Kick taken by John Kane
64:22
Foul on Craig Malcolm
64:31
BOOKING: Paul Hay of Clyde given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
64:47
Free Kick taken by Christopher Aitken
65:10
Shot taken by Christopher Aitken with his right foot
65:23
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
66:20
Foul on John Sweeney
66:32
Substitution for Clyde: Kris Irvine on for Gavin Brown
66:37
Free Kick taken by David Crawford
69:16
Foul on Scott Taggart
69:21
Free Kick taken by John Kane
71:04
Shot taken by Craig Malcolm using his left foot
71:17
Substitution for Stranraer: Michael Moore on for Craig Malcolm
71:53
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
72:05
Corner taken by Kris Irvine with his right foot from the right byline
72:21
Clearance by Grant Gallagher
75:39
Substitution for Stranraer: Sean Winter on for Christopher Aitken
75:45
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
77:16
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
79:00
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot from the left penalty area
79:20
Save made by David Crawford
80:04
Shot taken by Michael Moore using his left foot
80:23
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
80:27
Hand Ball taken by Michael Moore
80:31
Free Kick taken by Lee Sharp
81:23
Foul on Declan Gallagher
81:28
Free Kick taken by Declan Gallagher
82:13
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
84:37
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
85:28
Foul on Lee Sharp
85:32
Free Kick taken by Declan Gallagher
86:30
Shot taken by Martin Grehan using his left foot from the left penalty area
86:44
Goal Kick taken by David Crawford
87:27
Offside flag raised against Martin Grehan
87:29
Free Kick taken by Brian McQueen
88:26
Corner taken by Stephen Stirling with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
88:58
Save made by David Crawford
89:25
Shot taken by Michael Moore from the centre penalty area
90:00+0:33
Goal Kick taken by David Mitchell
90:00+2:14
Corner taken by Kris Irvine with his right foot from the right byline
90:00+2:36
Clearance by Michael Moore
Full Time
Stranraer 1 - 0 Clyde

Stranraer

vs

Clyde

1
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
10
Shots
3
4
On Target
0
6
Off Target
3
6
Corners
2
27
Throw Ins
34
0
Saves
3
2
Clearances
4
7
Goal Kicks
12
0
Blocks
1
11
Free Kicks
11
2
Offside
0
1
Hand Balls
0
1
Yellow Cards
2

Stranraer

Formation: 3-5-2

01.David Mitchell
02.Scott Taggart
04.David MacGregor
05.Frank McKeown
11.Grant Gallagher
03.Steven Noble
06.Christopher Aitken (56+0: Unsporting behaviour) 76+0' Tactical
08.Stephen Stirling
16.John Kane
09.Craig Malcolm 72+0' Tactical
10.Martin Grehan

Substitutes

17.Ryan Marshall
13.Nathan Shepherd
14.Sean Winter 76+0' Tactical
15.Michael Moore 72+0' Tactical
16.Stuart McColm

Clyde

Formation: 4-4-2

01.David Crawford
02.Gavin Brown 67+0' Tactical
03.Declan Gallagher
04.Brian McQueen
05.Lee Sharp
06.Benjamin Jason Marr
07.Paul Hay (65+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.John Neill
09.Michael Oliver (44+0: Unsporting behaviour) 60+0' Tactical
10.Stephen McDonald
11.Kieran Brannan

Substitutes

12.Barry McCue
13.Ryan Kane
14.Jack Sloss
15.John Sweeney 60+0' Tactical
16.Kris Irvine 67+0' Tactical

Blues aim to end Clyde hoodoo

Stranraer manager Keith Knox has a full squad to pick from for the visit of Clyde.

The second-placed Blues are aiming for their first win of the season over the Bully Wee as they also look to close the eight-point gap between themselves and leaders Alloa.

Knox said: "Our two games so far this season have ended in draws so it would be fair to say that we have not put in a top-notch performance against them yet.

"It would be good to change that and keep the pressure on Alloa with a win, however I watched Clyde in midweek against Berwick and was impressed with their play in the final third.

"Our players have been well warned that we need to perform at a high level for the 90 minutes."

Clyde have centre-back Iain Gray suspended for their trip to Stair Park following his midweek dismissal against Berwick.

There was some good news for manager Jim Duffy, with Jason Marr and Declan Gallacher both completing a full training session on Thursday and they come into the Broadwood boss' thoughts for a starting place.

Midfielder John Sweeney is a doubt and Daniel Fitzpatrick remains out with an ankle knock.

Duffy said: "We have put a couple of decent performances in against Stranraer already this season and it would be good to do that again.

"The players put in a hard shift on a really heavy pitch with only 10 men on Tuesday so we will need to ensure energy levels are high for this one."

Shots

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Alloa Athletic 25 14 51
2 Stranraer 25 23 46
3 Queen's Park 23 16 40
4 Annan Athletic 24 8 40
5 Elgin City 22 8 35
6 Berwick Rangers 23 -2 29
7 Up Peterhead 24 -10 26
8 Down Clyde 23 -1 25
9 Montrose 24 -20 22
10 East Stirlingshire 25 -36 14

Updated 18/02/2012 at 17:10