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Stirling Albion 1-1 East Stirlingshire

Stirling Albion 1-1 East Stirlingshire

Albion were denied the win that would have lifted us off the foot of the table as Shire hit back for a point in a hard-fought encounter at Forthbank.

We looked on course for victory when Graham Weir headed home a Kieran McAnespie corner two minutes after half-time for his fourth goal of the season but John Coughlin’s side equalised soon after when Kevin Turner converted a penalty after sub Stephen Day had tripped Andy Stirling in the box.

Binos boss Greig McDonald named the same starting XI that were so impressive in beating Montrose 3-1 at the weekend but we failed to hit the same heights in what was our first home draw since a 1-1 stalemate with Arbroath here 11 months ago.

In the first meeting between Albion and Shire at Forthbank for nine years, both sides had chances to win the game in the closing stages. Mark Ferry, who also came close in the first period, had a shot saved by Grant Hay after being teed up by Weir while David Crawford made an important stop from Shire skipper Turner.

Top scorer Jordan White scooped the ball over the top from close range on a frustrating night for the Binos and we remain two points behind our local rivals, who return here on March 9, but we do have two games in hand on East Stirlingshire, who remain without a victory in Stirling since August 1985.

Stirling Albion: Crawford, McCunnie (Forsyth 80), McAnespie (Cunningham 86), McClune, Bishop, Allison, Weir, Ferry, White, Davidson (Day 46), Johnston.
Subs (not used): Thom, Filler (GK).

Scorer: Weir 47

East Stirlingshire: Hay, Jackson, Holt, Miller, Buchanan, Hunter, Greenhill, Herd, Turner, Stirling (Shepherd 82), Glasgow (Trialist 69).
Subs (not used): Begg, Quinn, Gordon (GK).

Scorer: Turner pen 55

Referee: Alan Newlands

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