Football Club

Stenhousemuir 2 Stirling Albion 2

Two goals in the last eight minutes denied Albion victory in an entertaining pre-season friendly against the Second Division Warriors at Ochilview.

Gary Brass headed home a Gary Thom cross early in the second half and Scott Davidson doubled our lead when he ran clear to fire a low shot into the net in 79 minutes.

Stenhousemuir reduced the deficit three minutes later when former Albion striker Kevin Kelbie, playing as a trialist, found the corner with a neat finish. Two minutes from time, Jamie Clark hauled down John Gemmell and the summer signing from Albion Rovers converted the penalty.

Binos boss Greig McDonald gave 20 players a run-out and he will be encouraged by what he saw, although the hosts missed several good chances in the first half. Trialist keeper Mark Peat made a fine stop from Andy Rodgers and Bryan Hodge blazed over when it looked easier to score. Our other trialist, who came on as a sub, was former Stenhousemuir midfielder Joe McCafferty.

Stirling were stronger after the break and keeper Callum Reidford – who has just signed for Stenny after leaving Forthbank in May – had no chance when Brass netted from close range. Davidson looked to have sealed an away win but the managerless Ochilview outfit fought back.

Attention now turns to our mini tour of the Highlands, with a match against Strathspey Thistle on Friday night before we head further north to take on Brora Rangers a week today.

Stenhousemuir: Reidford, Ross, Dickson, Buist (Kelbie), McMillan, Hodge, Kean (Brash), Rodgers, Gemmell, Paton (Love), Ferguson.

Stirling Albion: Peat (Cleland), McGeachie (Thom), Ashe (McAnespie), McSorley (Macpherson), McDonald (Kirwan), Allison (Clark), McCulloch, Flood (Day), Coyne (Brass), Davidson, Ferry (McCafferty).

Referee: Gary Hilland