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Stirling 2 Berwick 2

Stirling 2 Berwick 2

Two goals in a dramatic last four minutes earned Stirling Albion an unlikely point at a freezing Forthbank in a game Berwick should have won.

John Coughlin’s men were completely in control at the break thanks to goals from Lee Hamilton and Aaron Murrell and, although we had more of the ball in the second half, Greg Rutherford missed two glorious chances for the visitors to put the match to bed.

We hadn’t created much but trialist Aiden Malone and Sean Dickson earned us what could be an important draw and, incredibly, we almost won it in stoppage time but Blair Henderson’s shot was headed off the line by Euan Spark.

Binos boss Dave Mackay made four changes to the team beaten by Montrose – Ross Smith, Ross Forsyth, Ross McGeachie and Jack McCue returned in place of Frazer Wright, Willie Robertson (injured), Calvin Colquhoun (suspended) and Connor McLaren as we lined up in a 3-5-2 formation.

Berwick, who beat us 3-2 at Shielfield in December, headed north on the back of a 4-1 win over Annan but had lost eight of their 10 matches prior to that.

Henderson almost gave us an early lead but on-loan Kilmarnock keeper Devlin Mackay pulled off a good save and the Borderers went in front in six minutes when an inswinging corner was forced in by Hamilton.

Berwick dominated most of the first half and doubled their advantage in 34 minutes when Murrell, on loan from Dundee United, was afforded too much room in the box and found the corner with a tidy finish.

With the icy wind behind us in the second half we enjoyed more possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances and Rutherford twice failed to score after going one-on-one with Chris Smith in Berwick breaks.

Malone, previously with Queen’s Park, had a simple finish after being set up by Darren Smith then Dickson steered a terrific shot into the left-hand corner from outside the box as it finished 2-2.

It was harsh on Berwick but the point was enough to move us above Edinburgh City and into eighth place – four points above bottom club Cowdenbeath, who have two games in hand.

Stirling Albion: C Smith, R Smith, McMillan (Wright 9), Forsyth, Quigley, McGeachie, Caddis (Malone 38), McCue (McLaren 64), Dickson, D Smith, Henderson.
Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), Petrie, Black, Cameron.

Goals: Malone 86, Dickson 88

Berwick Rangers: Mackay, Spark, Phillips, Hamilton, Scullion, Orru (Kassels 80), Thomson, Lavery, Rutherford, McKenna, Murrell (Bauld 75).
Subs (not used): Walker (GK), Watt, Donkor, Cook.

Goals: Hamilton 6, Murrell 34

Referee: David Dickinson

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