James Smith’s Rave On came out on top in the Stirling Albion Fans match at Forthbank on Saturday with a comprehensive 5-2 win against Stephen Tortolano’s Beautiful Sunday.
Rave On, wearing our Inter Milan-style away kit, were four goals to the good at half-time but an inspired half-time change from their opponents – sneaking on an extra player – saw the red-and-white clad Beautiful Sunday threaten a stunning comeback before a late fifth goal finally ended their challenge.
The ‘home’ team started well and Michael McPake curled a free-kick just wide, Alban Dickson was denied by the post following a corner and John Blackhall’s drive was tipped over by keeper Finlay Johnston.
A goal was coming but it arrived at the other end when Calum Taylor held off a defender and slammed a shot high into the net to give Rave On a 13th-minute lead.
Two minutes later they scored again. Robin Bairner swung over a corner from the right and skipper Martin King sent a header past Tony Fullerton.
It was one-way traffic now as Beautiful Sunday faded after a promising start and David Grier had an effort cleared off the line before Robin Bairner made it 3-0 just before the half-hour mark when he steered a low shot into the net after latching on to a long throw from David Brown.
Rave On were cruising to victory and, seconds before the break, Euan West claimed their fourth goal from close range after good work by Martin King on the right.
Beautiful Sunday, captained by Lewis Sinclair, needed a miracle but they had to settle for sticking on an extra man and hoping for the best. It paid dividends when Michael McPake hammered a 25-yarder into the bottom corner after an hour.
Christopher Grant was inches away from scoring before defender Andrew Jenkin headed home a John Blackhall free-kick with 12 minutes left.
Was Forthbank about to witness the biggest comeback in its 20-year history? Well, no. Rave On weren’t about to throw it all away and Scott McIntosh scrambled home a late goal following a corner as it finished 5-2.
A great effort from all who took part, with £721 raised for the SAFC Supporters Trust and the Supporters Club, but Binos boss Greig McDonald might have to look elsewhere as he looks to boost his squad for League 1 next season!
Beautiful Sunday: Tony Fullerton, Andrew Jenkin, John Blackhall, Alban Dickson, Ross Copland, Craig Connolly, Cammy Fairweather, Mattie Hollingworth, Michael McPake, Alan Gilmour, Lewis Sinclair.
Subs (all used): Christopher Grant, Gregor Allan, Sam Glass
Scorers: Michael McPake 60, Andrew Jenkin 78
Rave On: Finlay Johnston, James Smith, Graham Hamilton, Calum Taylor, David Brown, Alex Wick, John Gilmour, Euan West, David Baillie, Martin King, Robin Bairner.
Subs (all used): Jack Copland, David Grier, Scott McIntosh
Scorers: Calum Taylor 13, Martin King 15, Robin Bairner 28, Euan West 45,
Scott McIntosh 87