Sport | Stirling Albion 2-1 Berwick Rangers | Report

The game between Stirling Albion and Berwick Rangers was a crucial one for both teams as both are chasing the playoffs and a win for wither side would help them secure a playoff spot. Berwick were on the better form going into this game by winning 3 out of their last 5 and Stirling winning only 1 out of the last 5. In addition to this Berwick got the better of the 2 sides during their last encounter winning it 4-1. At the start of the first half, chances were few and defence was scrappy. Berwick made the initial breakthrough in the 40th minute when Darren Lavery slotted home from inside the box after being set up the Berwick’s player/manager Colin Cameron.  However there was some confusion straight after this as Paul Currie of Berwick Rangers was sent off during the goal celebration for abusive language or behaviour. Colin Cameron came off for Dean Hoskins just before the end of the first half as the Berwick player/manager had taken a knock earlier in the game and could not run in off.

At the start of the second half Albion made a change with Lee Hamilton being replaced by Stephen Day. Much like the open stages of the first half the first 15 minutes or so of the second half was very scrappy and the referee also did not make a great start to the second half by missing a stone wall penalty for Stirling. The teams exchanged control of the match for most of the second 45 but no team could get a proper foothold in the game and with 20 minutes to go Albion started to attack more by taking off David McClune and bringing on Sandy Cunningham, also switching to a more attacking 3-4-3 formation hoping to outnumber the Berwick defence. Heading into the last 10 minutes of the match Berwick Ranger still winning anything could still happen and that it did in the 89th minute when David Weatherston scored to level the scores and give Stirling a deserved draw, however Albion thought otherwise and in stoppage time the substitute Sandy Cunningham rose above the defence to head the ball past William Bald to give Albion all 3 points, a dramatic end to what was a good, if a bit scrappy at times, game.

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