Stirling Albion travel to Bayview on Sunday for the second leg of the League 1 play-off final against East Fife, kick-off 3pm. The Binos will be backed by a big travelling support as we bid to overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg, when Gary Naysmith’s men came from behind with goals from Scott McBride and Nathan Austin after Ross Forsyth opened the scoring.
Format: Away goals don’t count double in the event of a draw in the play-offs so extra time and penalties, if required, would settle the outcome.
Team news: Greig McDonald will have defender Chris Smith available after he missed the first leg. East Fife are again without Ross Fisher, Kevin Rutkiewicz and Stephen Hughes. Joe Mbu is very doubtful but keeper Greg Paterson could return.
Stirling Albion manager Greig McDonald: “We never gave the front players enough service on Wednesday. If we get the ball up to Jordan White in the proper manner then we can get the goal that will get us back into things.”
East Fife manager Gary Naysmith: “We were behind against Clyde in the semi-finals and against Stirling and came back to win. The spirit is good but we have to show that spirit from the first minute again.”
Match facts: Wednesday’s match ended our nine-game unbeaten run but we have won our last four away fixtures at Annan, Albion Rovers, Peterhead and Annan again. East Fife’s 2-1 win over Clyde in the play-off semi-final was their first victory at Bayview since January.
Bayview record: Our last visit to Bayview was in April 2012 when East Fife won 1-0 thanks to a last-minute Ryan Wallace penalty. Another late Ryan Wallace goal settled the other game that season in favour of the hosts. Our last win in Methil was 3-0 in March 2010 when Jonathan Page grabbed a double and Stuart Elliott was also on target – that was our fourth straight win on that ground.
Last five form: East Fife LLLWW Stirling Albion WWWWL
Referee: Calum Murray
Admission: ALL TICKET. The SAFC office at Forthbank will be open for a short time from 10am on Sunday for those still looking to buy a ticket. Prices are £13 adults, £10 seniors, £5 children. Those who have already booked tickets over the phone will be able to collect them at Bayview.
Buses: Fans who booked seats on the buses put on by the club are reminded that departure from Forthbank is 12.30pm
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion