Stirling Albion 5 - 1 Annan Athletic

Saturday 11th August 2012
S Davidson (16)
G Weir (31)
D Ashe (37)
J Clark (42)
G McPherson (67)
G Bell (72)

Stirling slam 10-man Annan

Stirling enjoyed a perfect start to the Irn-Bru Third Division season as they smashed 10-man Annan 5-1 at the Forthbank Stadium.

Goals from Scott Davieson, Graham Weir, Daniel Ashe, James Clark and Gavin McPherson did the damage before Graeme Bell netted a consolation for the Black and Golds, who had young striker Graeme Ramage sent off.

Striker Davidson sidefooted the opener in the 16th minute before 19-year-old Ramage was dismissed following a clash with Mark Ferry 12 minutes later.

Weir's header from six yards doubled the lead just after the half hour mark and Ashe quickly added a third with another close-range finish.

Clark connected with McPherson's pass to make it 4-0 at half-time before McPherson scored the goal of the game with a left-footed drive midway through the second period.

Substitute Bell reduced the deficit with a long-range shot 18 minutes from time.

OfficialGreg Aitken
Attendance519
VenueForthbank Stadium
Kick Off
Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Annan Athletic
0:23
Foul on Ross McGeachie
0:27
Free Kick taken by Ross McGeachie from the right wing
1:53
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot
2:22
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
3:29
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
4:02
Foul on Graham Weir
4:08
Free Kick taken by Graham Weir
4:37
Foul on Jonathan Blake
4:50
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
5:16
Shot taken by Graeme Ramage with his right foot from the right penalty area
5:50
Save made by Samuel Filler
6:12
Shot taken by Graeme Ramage with his right foot
6:38
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
7:37
Cross from Gavin McPherson
7:59
Clearance by Steven Swinglehurst
8:51
Shot taken by Bradley Coyne with his right foot from the centre penalty area
9:06
Save made by Alex Mitchell
9:40
Foul on Gavin McPherson
9:44
Free Kick taken by Ross McGeachie
10:22
Cross from Mark Ferry
11:11
Offside flag raised against Bradley Coyne
11:12
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
11:28
Cross from Scott Davidson
11:34
Block taken by Greig Thorburn
11:50
Corner taken by Gavin McPherson using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
12:10
Clearance by Greig Thorburn
12:18
Cross from Daniel Ashe
12:22
Save made by Alex Mitchell
12:52
Cross from Alistair Love
12:57
Clearance by Brian Allison
13:49
Cross from Greig Thorburn
13:54
Save made by Samuel Filler
15:27
Shot taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the centre penalty area
15:27
Stirling Albion 1 - 0 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
16:43
Cross from Steven Sloan
16:52
Shot taken by Michael Daly from the centre penalty area
17:22
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
17:56
Corner taken by Graeme Ramage with his right foot from the left byline
18:29
Save made by Samuel Filler
18:42
Shot taken by Bradley Coyne with his right foot
19:07
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
19:24
Offside flag raised against Alistair Love
19:26
Free Kick taken by Samuel Filler
19:56
Shot taken by Alistair Love using his left foot
20:14
Save made by Samuel Filler
21:53
Cross from Greig Thorburn
21:59
Shot taken by Michael Daly from the centre penalty area
22:34
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
23:33
Cross from Steven Sloan
23:42
Clearance by Jamie Clark
24:01
Cross from Steven Sloan
24:27
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
25:01
Cross from Jonathan Blake
25:09
Clearance by Brian Allison
25:25
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
26:11
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
26:52
Foul on Mark Ferry
27:07
Free Kick taken by Jamie Clark
27:33
DISMISSAL: Graeme Ramage of Annan Athletic sent off for violent conduct
28:15
Foul on Alistair Love
28:21
Free Kick taken by Alistair Love
28:35
Cross from Daniel Ashe
28:39
Block taken by Jonathan Blake
28:54
Corner taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
29:10
Save made by Alex Mitchell
29:27
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the centre penalty area
29:44
Save made by Alex Mitchell
29:50
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
30:07
Clearance by Steven Sloan
30:18
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline
30:52
Shot taken by Graham Weir from the centre penalty area
30:52
Stirling Albion 2 - 0 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Graham Weir from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
31:49
Foul on Ross McGeachie
31:54
Free Kick taken by Ross McGeachie
32:29
Offside flag raised against Greig Thorburn
32:30
Free Kick taken by Samuel Filler
33:29
Cross from Gavin McPherson
33:33
Clearance by Micheal McGowan
34:46
Corner taken by Alistair Love using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
35:35
Cross from Steven Sloan
35:41
Shot taken by Michael Daly from the left six yard line
36:33
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline
36:50
Shot taken by Daniel Ashe with his right foot from the right six yard line
36:50
Stirling Albion 3 - 0 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Daniel Ashe with his right foot from the right six yard line to the top right of the goal.
37:47
Foul on Steven Swinglehurst
37:53
Free Kick taken by Steven Swinglehurst
38:40
Cross from Daniel Ashe
38:54
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
39:09
Offside flag raised against Bradley Coyne
39:11
Free Kick taken by Steven Swinglehurst
39:23
Foul on Scott Chaplain
39:29
Free Kick taken by Jordan McKechnie
40:55
Corner taken by Gavin McPherson using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
41:27
Shot taken by Jamie Clark with his right foot from the centre penalty area
41:27
Stirling Albion 4 - 0 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Jamie Clark with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
45:00+2:05
Shot taken by Alistair Love using his left foot
45:00+2:16
Save made by Samuel Filler
Half Time
Stirling Albion 4 - 0 Annan Athletic
45:01
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Graeme Bell on for Jordan McKechnie
45:01
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Jack Steele on for Alistair Love
45:01
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Gary Brass on for Bradley Coyne
Second Half Started
Stirling Albion 4 - 0 Annan Athletic
48:02
Foul on Steven Swinglehurst
48:06
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
48:39
Cross from Jonathan Blake
48:43
Clearance by Brian Allison
49:12
Foul on Graeme Bell
49:18
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Blake
50:02
Foul on Jack Steele
50:09
Free Kick taken by Scott Chaplain
50:38
Foul on Jonathan Blake
50:42
Free Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
53:19
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot
53:32
Block taken by Alex Mitchell
55:32
Foul on Graeme Bell
55:36
Free Kick taken by Steven Swinglehurst
57:09
Shot taken by Graeme Bell with his right foot from the right six yard line
57:27
Clearance by Brian Allison
59:44
Cross from Daniel Ashe
59:47
Clearance by Micheal McGowan
60:07
Cross from Scott Davidson
60:15
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot from the centre penalty area
60:49
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
61:51
Cross from Jonathan Blake
63:11
Shot taken by Steven Sloan with his right foot
63:25
Save made by Samuel Filler
64:02
Cross from Ross McGeachie
64:24
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
65:47
Foul on Gavin McPherson
65:53
Free Kick taken by Gavin McPherson
66:40
Shot taken by Gavin McPherson using his left foot
66:40
Stirling Albion 5 - 0 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Gavin McPherson using his left foot to the bottom left of the goal.
68:12
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Daly McSorley on for Ross McGeachie
68:22
Substitution for Stirling Albion: David McClune on for Gavin McPherson
69:06
Cross from Daniel Ashe
69:19
Substitution for Annan Athletic: Kieran McGachie on for Michael Daly
71:01
Foul on Kieran McGachie
71:09
Free Kick taken by Graeme Bell from the left wing
71:17
Shot taken by Graeme Bell with his right foot from the left wing
71:17
Stirling Albion 5 - 1 Annan Athletic
GOAL scored by Graeme Bell with his right foot from the left wing going centre high of the goal.
73:23
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot
73:41
Block taken by Micheal McGowan
77:15
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
77:48
Offside flag raised against Mark Ferry
77:49
Free Kick taken by Micheal McGowan
78:53
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
82:08
Cross from David McClune
83:30
Foul on Scott Davidson
83:37
Free Kick taken by David McClune
84:31
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
86:01
Cross from Graham Weir
86:12
Shot taken by Gary Brass from the centre penalty area
86:41
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
88:07
Cross from David McClune
88:20
Shot taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the centre penalty area
88:43
Save made by Alex Mitchell
88:52
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
89:03
Clearance by Micheal McGowan
89:13
Cross from Mark Ferry
89:24
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
90:00+0:20
Shot taken by Daly McSorley with his right foot
90:00+0:40
Goal Kick taken by Alex Mitchell
Full Time
Stirling Albion 5 - 1 Annan Athletic

Stirling Albion

vs

Annan Athletic

5
Goals
1
5
Assists
1
15
Shots
10
10
On Target
6
5
Off Target
4
15
Crosses
10
7
Corners
2
16
Throw Ins
19
6
Saves
5
5
Clearances
6
8
Goal Kicks
10
0
Blocks
4
9
Free Kicks
13
3
Offside
2
0
Red Cards
1

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-3-1-2

01.Samuel Filler
02.Ross McGeachie 69+0' Tactical
03.Daniel Ashe
05.Jamie Clark
06.Brian Allison
04.Jamie McCunnie
08.Gavin McPherson 69+0' Tactical
11.Mark Ferry
07.Scott Davidson
09.Graham Weir
10.Bradley Coyne 45+0' Serious Injury

Substitutes

17.Jamie Cleland
14.David McClune 69+0' Tactical
12.Daly McSorley 69+0' Tactical
16.Joshua Flood
15.Gary Brass 45+0' Serious Injury

Annan Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alex Mitchell
02.Jonathan Blake
03.Greig Thorburn
05.Micheal McGowan
06.Scott Chaplain
04.Steven Swinglehurst
07.Steven Sloan
08.Jordan McKechnie 45+0' Tactical
11.Alistair Love 45+0' Tactical
09.Michael Daly 70+0' Tactical
10.Graeme Ramage (28+0: Violent Conduct)

Substitutes

12.Craig Summersgill
14.Jack Steele 45+0' Tactical
15.Christopher Jardine
16.Graeme Bell 45+0' Tactical
17.Kieran McGachie 70+0' Tactical

Athletic wait on Steele and Murray

Stirling goalkeeper Sam Filler returns after suspension to face Alloa in what will be Albion's first game in the Third Division since 2004.

Recent signing Kieran McAnespie is banned and player/coach Shaun Fagan is injured, with Marc McCulloch a doubt due to work commitments.

Manager Greig McDonald has asked for a repeat of the cup performance against Arbroath last week.

He said: "The players gave everything and we were very unlucky to go out on penalties. It is important to get off to a good start and if we can put on that same level of performance in this game we can do that.

"Annan have a new squad, new players and a new system and we have to ensure that we match their freshness first and foremost."

Peter Watson will miss Annan's first-ever trip to Forthbank.

Defender Watson is away on his honeymoon having recently got married.

Manager Harry Cairney will give late fitness tests to midfielder Jack Steele and winger David Murray before finalising his side to face the Binos.

Ahead of the game Cairney said: "We have had a tough start to the season with two cup ties against First Division sides.

"We managed to win one but in both games the running about we had to do against full-time sides helped our fitness and the shape I want us to play this season.

"I do not know too much about Stirling so I would expect the opening of the game to be quite cagey as we feel each other out."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Up Stirling Albion 1 4 3
2 Up Queen's Park 1 2 3
3 Clyde 1 1 3
4 Up Peterhead 1 0 1
5 Up Rangers 1 0 1
6 Down Berwick Rangers 1 0 1
7 Down Elgin City 1 0 1
8 Down Montrose 1 -1 0
9 Down East Stirlingshire 1 -2 0
10 Down Annan Athletic 1 -4 0

Updated 11/08/2012 at 16:57