Stirling’s Stirling scores as Toon fall victim to Albion

PETERHEAD'S JAMIE STEVENSON GETS AWAY FROM ROSS MCGEACHIE
PETERHEAD'S JAMIE STEVENSON GETS AWAY FROM ROSS MCGEACHIE

Stirling Albion had not won a home game in 15 matches before Peterhead visited on Saturday as The Binos took all three points in a 2-1 victory.

It was a promising start for the Blue Toon when Rory McAllister’s free kick took a deflection off the wall to leave home keeper Callum Reidford helpless as the ball hit the back of the net.

STIRLING ALBION V PETERHEAD(DUNCAN BROWN)PETERHEAD'S ROSS SMITH CLEARS FROM LEWIS COULT

STIRLING ALBION V PETERHEAD(DUNCAN BROWN)PETERHEAD'S ROSS SMITH CLEARS FROM LEWIS COULT

However, Albion responded immediately to level the scores in the fifth minute.

Lee Hamilton’s persistence forced an error from Graeme Smith as he beat the Toon keeper to the ball before rounding Smith and squaring the ball to Lewis Coult who turned the ball into an empty net.

David Cox and McAllister both had chances to pull Peterhead back in front before half time but couldn’t convert sue to some inspired goal keeping by Reidford.

Peterhead continued to look more likely to score in the second half as Reidford parried a powerful free kick from Rory McAllister.

Gary McDonald then fired a long-range effort towards goal which smacked the cross bar and left Reidford to block McAllister’s attempt from the rebound.

Stirling were struggling to create any chances of their own as they did their best to weather the Peterhead storm but seemingly out of nowhere they took the lead in the 85th minute. Lewis Coult, the scorer of Albions’s first, picked out on loan Dunfermline midfielder Andy Stirling inside the box who made no mistakes from close range to slot the ball home giving Stirling a long overdue home win.

Boss Jim McInally said to play as well as his side did in the second half and come away with nothing was particularly disappointing.

“In the first half we didn’t play as well as we have been. We took the lead but we didn’t hold onto it for long, but in the second half I felt we dominated Stirling more than we have any other team so far this season. It’s disappointing because if we had deserved to lose we would have put our hands up and said the best team won but I don’t think that was the case on Saturday.”

McInally also stressed the importance of tonight’s match with Brechin. “It’s a game we need to win more than Brechin do. We need to win if we are to have aspirations of making the play-offs and if we do then we’re right back in the mix.

“If we continue as we did in the second half against Stirling then our luck should change and we should win.

“A win helps us jump up the league and it means that after tonight no team will have a game in hand over another so right now Brechin are our only focus.

“It’s important to remember that we have already reached our goal this season, to avoid the relegation zone but now we have a new goal.”

“It’s going to be tough, but we will do our best.”