Scottish League One - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Stirling Albion 1-2 East Fife

East Fife fought back from a goal down to secure victory over Stirling Albion in the League One play-off final first leg, with Nathan Austin grabbing the vital goal.

The hosts hit the front in the first half when Ross Forsyth headed home from Darren Smith's corner.

But Scott McBride squared it with a second-half header.

And substitute Austin completed the comeback win another header two minutes from time.

The sides meet again on Sunday at Bayview to battle it out for a place in League One.

Line-ups

Stirling

  • 1Crawford
  • 7Johnston
  • 10Weir
  • 3Forsyth
  • 5BishopBooked at 90mins
  • 2HamiltonSubstituted forMcGeachieat 81'minutes
  • 4McClune
  • 6SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 11WeatherstonSubstituted forCunninghamat 75'minutes
  • 9White
  • 8ComrieSubstituted forFerryat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Ferry
  • 14McGeachie
  • 15Cunningham
  • 16Fulton
  • 17Reidford
  • 18O'Byrne
  • 19Ashe

East Fife

  • 1Rooney
  • 2Cowan
  • 3JohnstoneBooked at 29mins
  • 8Barr
  • 4CampbellBooked at 66mins
  • 5Thom
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forAustinat 65'minutes
  • 6Stewart
  • 19Clarke
  • 11BrownSubstituted forMcBrideat 47'minutes
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBuchananat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14O'Neill
  • 15Stewart
  • 16McBride
  • 17Buchanan
  • 18Austin
  • 21Shaw
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
1,501

Match Stats

Home TeamStirlingAway TeamEast Fife
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 2.
Attempt missed. David McClune (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Ross Forsyth.
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Darren Smith.

Booking

Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Pat Clarke (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Darren Smith (Stirling Albion).
Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).
Jordan White (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 2. Nathan Austin (East Fife) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Johnstone.
Foul by Ross McGeachie (Stirling Albion).
Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).
Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by David Cowan.

Substitution

Substitution, Stirling Albion. Ross McGeachie replaces Lee Hamilton.

Substitution

Substitution, Stirling Albion. Mark Ferry replaces Craig Comrie.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Liam Buchanan replaces Kevin Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Stirling Albion. Sandy Cunningham replaces David Weatherston.

Goal!

Goal! Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 1. Scott McBride (East Fife) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Johnstone following a corner.
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Lee Hamilton.
Attempt saved. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Steven Campbell (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.
Philip Johnston (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).
Attempt missed. Pat Clarke (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Marc McKenzie.
Philip Johnston (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).
Foul by David McClune (Stirling Albion).
Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Jamie Bishop.
Foul by Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion).
Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Marc McKenzie (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Scott McBride replaces Ross Brown.
Foul by David Weatherston (Stirling Albion).
Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 0.
Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

Goal!

Goal! Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 0. Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Darren Smith.
Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.
Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.
Attempt missed. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.
Hand ball by Lewis Barr (East Fife).
Foul by Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion).
Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jordan White (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).
Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Marc McKenzie.

Booking

Craig Johnstone (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.
Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).
Foul by Lee Hamilton (Stirling Albion).
Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion).
Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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