EAST Fife picked up their first league win in Stirling since 2003 on Saturday and moved up to seventh in the table, ahead of last night’s (Tuesday) game against Albion Rovers.
Despite their loss, the home side had the better of the early part of the game and it appeared that would not change when Darren McCormack was red-carded after 19 minutes when he caught Davidson, following a two-footed dive at the ball.
But the depleted visitors, who had started the match unchanged from the previous week’s draw with Arbroath, buckled down and managed to get to the break all-square.
A real team effort in the second half saw East Fife control most of the game and they got their reward when David White’s 51st minute free kick was held up by Steve Hislop. He found Ryan Wallace, who found the corner of the net.
Soon after the goal, the Fifers used all three substitutes as they looked to hold out. Darren Smith and Scott Dalziel replaced Johnstone and Hislop, while Robert Sloan replaced the injured Wallace, who had to be helped off the field.
Towards the end, East Fife had chances but were fortunate when Stirling’s Darren Smith somehow scooped the ball over, from inside the six-yard box, in stoppage time.
Stirling Albion ‑ Reidford, Fagan (McCulloch 52), Jacobs, McSorley, Thom, Allison (Flood 75), Smith, McLeish, Davidson (Ferry 55), Bonar, Cook. Subs - Dillon, Clelland.
East Fife ‑ Brown, Durie, Cook, Campbell, White, McCormack, Linn, Janczyk, Hislop (Dalziel 58), Wallace (Sloan 70), Johnstone (Smith 52). Subs ‑ Ovenstone, Collier.
Referee ‑ C. Murray.
Attendance ‑ 608.
Starcheck ratings ‑ Campbell 3 points, Brown 2, White 1.
Starcheck table - Ryan Wallace 26, Bobby Linn 24, Mark Ridgers 17, Michael Brown 14, Darren Smith 12, Craig Johnstone 12, Rob Ogleby 11, , Scott Durie 9, Matthew Park 8, John Ovenstone 7, Steve Campbell 6, David White 5, Steve Hislop 3, David Muir 3, Chris Innes 2, , Lloyd Young 1 Robert Sloan 1, Neil Janczyk 1.