East Kilbride ran out 2-0 winners in Reserve League 2 on the Forthbank Astro on Monday night.
Striker Bradley Rodden and Kyle Banner were both sent off in the second half.
There are still places available in our matchday hospitality suites for the Scottish Cup tie against Queen’s Park on October 20 and the League 2 meeting with leaders Edinburgh City a week later.
We are also now taking bookings for our Christmas hospitality, which this year will be at the game against Cowdenbeath on December 29.
We can guarantee a great day out so give us a call on 01786 450399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stirling Albion FC invites applications for the position of first-team manager.
We are seeking to appoint someone with relevant management experience and an extensive knowledge of Scottish football.
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Stirling completed the first quarter of the Ladbrokes League 2 campaign with a seventh defeat of the season as 10-man Cowdenbeath leapfrogged us in the lower reaches of the table.
Blue Brazil skipper David Marsh scored the only goal after just six minutes and we struggled to create chances despite the hosts having trialist Gary Fraser sent off after half an hour.
Darren Barr was in caretaker charge following the departure of Dave Mackay and he recalled goalkeeper Cammy Binnie while there was a first start for striker Reg McLaren. Former Falkirk and Rangers player Alan Gow featured as a trialist while reserve duo Scott Miller and Cammy Hayes were on the bench. Barr, Peter MacDonald, Mark Stewart, Darren Smith, Willie Robertson and Lee Hamilton were all ruled out through injury.
We had won on our last four visits to Central Park but that run came to an end as Gary Bollan’s men claimed only their second League 2 victory of 2018/19.
McLaren had an early header tipped over by David McGurn but Albion fell behind when Marsh sent a low shot beyond Binnie after we failed to clear a corner. Fraser saw red in 28 minutes for a late tackle on Moon but we struggled to make headway against a well-organised defence.
Cammy Thomson fired wide when he might have done better and Neil McLaughlin had an effort saved. A superb pass from Gow released Jordan Allan but McGurn was out quickly to block. Generally, the home side looked comfortable and Marsh came close to a second goal when he headed over.
There is no game next weekend and we return to action at home to Queen’s Park in the second round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday October 20.
Cowdenbeath: McGurn, Mullen, Talbot, Marsh, Deas, Fraser, Cox (Skelly 90), Malcolm, Sheerin (Miller 37), Scott (Renton 80), Buchanan. Subs (not used): Goodfellow (GK), Scullion, Pyper, Smith.
Scorer: Marsh 6
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Thomson, Marr, Horne, Moon (Hughes 78), Jardine, Docherty, McLaren (McLaughlin 68), Gow, Allan. Subs (not used): Ferrie (GK), Fell, Banner, Miller, Hayes.
Referee: Stephen Brown
Everyone at Stirling Albion was saddened to hear of the passing this week of George Junior.
A club stalwart over many decades, George was a familiar and friendly face at both Annfield and Forthbank.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Monday October 15
Fallin Church 10.30am
Bannockburn Cemetery 11.30am
We complete the first quarter of the Ladbrokes League 2 campaign against Cowdenbeath at Central Park on Saturday.
Interim manager Darren Barr will be assisted by Mark Stewart and Peter MacDonald following the departure of Dave Mackay and Frazer Wright in the wake of the 3-0 defeat at Albion Rovers.
Team news: Last season’s top scorer Darren Smith again misses out with a back problem and there are likely to be a number of other injury absentees, with Lee Hamilton, Darren Barr and Willie Robertson all having been sidelined of late.
Past meetings: The most recent meeting was a 2-2 draw at Forthbank at the end of March. We have won on our last four visits to Central Park – the last time was 2-1 in February when Peter MacDonald scored both our goals.
Opponents: Cowdenbeath lost 1-0 away to leaders Edinburgh City last weekend and drew 1-1 with Albion Rovers in their most recent home game. They are second bottom in the table, one point worse off than the Binos. Their only win so far was 4-0 against Berwick at Central Park on August 18. Blue Brazil boss Gary Bollan started with the following team last week: D McGurn, F Mullen, R Deas, J Pyper, D Marsh, K Miller, R Buchanan, G Fraser, B Smith, J Sheerin, D Cox.
Referee: Stephen Brown
Admission: Adults £12, Concessions £6
Programme: Cowdenbeath do an excellent programme, price £2.50
Weather: Forecast is for a bright day, temperatures of 10C
Twitter: Match updates via @Stirling_Albion
Next meeting: Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath – 29/12/18
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Queen’s Park – 20/10/18 (Scottish Cup R2)
Stirling Albion are proudly supporting Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action.
Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years – the SPFL and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland 15 years ago.
In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 5-19 October shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.
All professional clubs will show their support this weekend and clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.
We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.
Stirling Albion condemn all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated within the club.
Show Racism the Red Card are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all.
Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.
Show your support for tackling racism:
Follow us on Twitter @SRtRCScotland
Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/theRedCardScotland
Stirling Albion have been drawn away to holders Hibernian in the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.
We reached the fourth round last season, losing 4-3 to Ross County on the Forthbank Astro, while Hibs defeated Aberdeen 3-1 in the final at Hampden.
Third-round draw in full
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Hamilton Academical
Rangers v East Kilbride
Queen of the South v Dundee United
Montrose v Morton
St Johnstone v Motherwell
Dundee v Tynecastle
Camelon Juniors v Kilmarnock
Inverurie Loco Works v Aberdeen
Haddington Athletic v Lossiemouth
Hibernian v Stirling Albion
Heart of Midlothian v St Mirren
Deveronvale v Ross County
Fraserburgh v Queen’s Park
Celtic v Spartans
Kelty Hearts v Cove Rangers
Clachnacuddin v Buckie Thistle or Turriff United
Ties to be played on Friday November 9
Our normal league admission prices will apply for the William Hill Scottish Cup second-round tie against Queen’s Park at Forthbank on Saturday October 20.
Seniors (aged 65 and over) £9
Students (with valid ID) £9
U12s FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Please note that season tickets are not valid for this match.