Match Report

Stirling Albion were the visitors to Palmerston for our league one fixture, the first time the two sides have faced each other in competitive action in over a decade. Manager, Marvin Bartley made three changes to the team that started against Kelty Hearts last weekend, goalkeeper Harry Stone dropped to the bench along with Jordan Houston and Lewis Gibson. Gordon Botterill was recalled in goals with starts for Daniel Church and Harvey Walker.

It was the visitors who made a positive start and with less than a minute played they had the ball in the net, Robert Thomson beat Botterill, but he was in an offside position. Minutes later, the keeper got down well to save from Josh Cooper as he shot from the edge of the box.

Aaron Dunsmore picked up an early booking as he body checked Kieran McKechnie on his way to goal. From the resulting freekick, 20 yards out McKechnie fired just over the bar. Jake Hutchinson beat his marker but as he tried to slip the ball through for Walker the ball was cleared for a corner. McKechnie delivered into the box, but it eluded everyone.

Midway through the first half Ewan Wilson hit a shot through a ruck of players but Botterill got down low to touch it round the post.

On the half hour mark, Queens were denied what looked a stone wall penalty when Hutchinson was being dragged round by his shirt, but referee Peter Stuart played on and Walker’s shot was blocked by Blair Currie.

The Binos were enjoying a lot of space and Wilson hit one over the bar before they attacked in numbers and Botterill had to save Lewis Milne’s header.

In the closing stages of the first half, Walker hit a right foot shot from distance straight down the middle, making it easy for Currie to save. Darren Young’s side did have the ball in the net again through Greig Spence but again the flag was up for offside. And right on the stroke of half time, Walker, and Hutchinson both had shots cleared before Church won a corner.


HALF TIME: Queens 0 Stirling Albion 0


It was a fairly scrapy first half and things weren’t much different as the second half got underway. Efe Ambrose who came off the bench to replace the injured Kyle McClelland did have to clear from Spence before Alex Ferguson got on the end of McKechnie’s cross, but he skied the ball over the bar.

As Stirling broke up field Botterill came out to kick clear at the edge of the box. Wilson was way off target with an effort before Ambrose cleared from Dale Carrick as he got on the end of a ball in from Dunsmore.

Kyle Banner did well on the by-line when under pressure from Ferguson he managed to get a cross in for Carrick but the striker’s header was off target.

Currie saved from Ambrose as he headed a McKechnie corner goalward. Before Jack Brydon made a great challenge inside the box to stop Spence.

Into the final quarter of the game, McKechnie aimed for the bottom corner with a low left foot shot but Currie saved and with 12 minutes remaining, Stirling took the lead. As a corner came in Jordan McGregor’s low shot took a deflection off Ambrose into the bottom corner.

With the advantage they looked for a second and Botterill made a great one handed save to push away a shot from Wilson.

Oscar MacIntyre who had just came on did well on the left to get the ball in to the six-yard box but neither Kyle Doherty nor Ferguson could connect.

It was better from Queens and as Gibson played in a corner, Currie saved from Josh Todd before Gibson’s second corner was headed over by Doherty.

As they looked to grab a point, Doherty played in McKechnie he was stretching and fired over and in the final minutes Gibson played in another corner, McKechnie shot but it was blocked as was Todd’s rebounded effort.


FULL TIME: Queens 0 Stirling Albion 1

  • Botterill

  • Logan

  • Brydon

  • McClelland


  • Church


  • Cochrane

  • Johnstone


  • Walker


  • Ferguson

  • McKechnie

  • Hutchinson



  • Stone

  • Houston

  • Todd


  • MacIntyre


  • Ambrose


  • Doherty


  • Gibson


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Pre-match Queens: 1.Botterill 23.Logan 35.Brydon 15.McClellend 3.Church 6.Cochrane (c) 28.Johnstone 17.Ferguson 30.Walker 7.McKechnie 14.Hutchinson
Pre-match Bench: 31.Stone 2.Houston 5.McKay 8.Todd 19.MacIntyre 24.Ambrose 25.Doherty 27.Gibson
First half begins |0-0
2%27 Stirling have the ball in the net in the first minute but the flag goes up for offside. |0-0
11%27 Hutchinson (QOS) is booked |0-0
16%27 Dunsmore (Stirling) is booked |0-0
17%27 McKechnie hits a freekick from 20 yards over the bar. |0-0
23%27 SUBSTITUTION Stirling: Thomson OFF REPLACED BY Carrick |0-0
31%27 Queens somehow don’t get a penalty as Hutchinson’s shirt is nearly ripped off him in the box, then the ball breaks to Walker but his shot is well saved. |0-0
37%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: McClellend OFF REPLACED BY Ambrose |0-0
41%27 Cochrane gets space 25 yards out, but his effort is tame and collected easily. |0-0
43%27 McLean (Stirling) is booked for a late challenge on Walker. |0-0
First half ends |0-0
Second half begins |0-0
54%27 Efe throws himself at a shot to deny an open goal. |0-0
67%27 SUBSTITUTION Stirling: Dunsmore OFF REPLACED BY Clark |0-0
75%27 SUBSTITUTION Stirling: Spence OFF REPLACED BY Hilson |0-0
75%27 SUBSTITUTION Stirling: Cooper OFF REPLACED BY Miller |0-0
78%27 Goal Stirling. McGregor the scorer |0-1
89%27 McKechnie (QOS) is booked |0-1
The game ends |0-1