Stirling Albion manager Dave Mackay praised his young side for earning a 1-1 draw against Clyde at Broadwood on Saturday.
The Binos were on course for a record-equalling seventh successive away win when Darren Smith scored his 15th goal of the season with 12 minutes left but David Goodwillie equalised from a disputed penalty award after referee Greg Aitken deemed that Ewan McNeil had impeded Kieran Duffie.
Mackay said: “The average of the team was about 21. We had a 17-year-old in George Stanger making his debut in midfield and Kyle Banner, who is 18, making his first start. I thought both of them were excellent and stood up to the physical presence that Clyde have.
“Kyle is a centre-half normally but he can play at right-back and did really well. George also handled it well and we just made the change to get Neil McLaughlin on and go two up front.
“On the whole balance of play I think Clyde did deserve a point – they created a lot of chances – but the way it happens is the frustrating thing. It’s never a penalty and I don’t know how we didn’t get one for the foul on Ross McGeachie after that.”
Clyde interim boss Tony McNally said: “Overall I thought we deserved to win but we’ll take the point after going behind so late in the game. I didn’t see the penalty so I can’t comment but considering the chances we created the draw is the least we deserved.”