Stirling Albion v Raith Rovers: As it happened

Live updates from Forthbank Stadium where Raith Rovers take on Stirling Albion in their rearranged Scottish Cup Second Round tie.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 9:35 pm
Raith travel to League 2 Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup Second Round

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Full Time: Stirling Albion 0-2 Raith Rovers

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 March, 2021, 19:45

  • Best chance for the home sides comes early on as Moore fires a shot over the bar while 1-on-1 with Jamie MacDonald
  • Gozie Uguw heads Rovers in front on the stroke of half time
  • Dylan Tait makes it 2-0 after heading in a terrific cross from Tumility

Welcome to our live blog, we will bring you build up from around 45 minutes before kick off followed by live updates throughout the match and post game reaction

Rovers drew 1-1 with Ayr United at Somerset Park where captain Kyle Benedictus headed the visitors in front on 57 minutes before Aaron Muirhead leveled the scores for the host and the two sides shared the points.

Stirling Albion had their first match since January as League 1 and League 2 football returned last weekend. The Binos won 1-0 at home to bottom side Brechin City thanks to a second half goal from Kieran Moore.

Scottish bookmakers make Rovers heavy favourites to win in regular time at 8/15 while the draw is 10/3 and the home side start at 19/4.

If you fancy the game to be decided in extra time or penalties then Albion are 9/4 to win the tie while Rovers are 3/10.

Lars Lokotsch and Manny Duku start as joint favourites to score the first goal at 4/1.

Binos dip in to lower leagues to bolster squad

Stirling Albion made a big move last week as they brought in three experienced, former SPFL players on loan from West of Scotland League side Darvel.

Former Hamilton, St Mirren and Alloa Athletic winger Jordan Kirkpatrick heads up the trio which also includes former Dundee and Ayr United full back Daryll Meggatt and former Dundee United and Morton defender Jordan Allan.

The trio have bolstered Kevin Rutkiewicz’s already impressive squad which also includes the likes of striker Andy Ryan, attacking midfielder Jack Leitch and goalkeeper Blair Currie.

It’s an interesting tie as Rovers, second in the Ladbrokes Championship, take on Albion who are second in League 2.

Although it has been a disjointed season for the Binos they have only lost one league game so far this season, a home to Elgin City, and have won six and drawn three.

Former Dunfermline Athletich striker Andy Ryan is their leading goalscorer with six in 13 while Jack Leitch and Declan Byrne have also chipped in with three.

No replays in this season’s competition

Just a reminder that this tie will be decided tonight.

It will go to extra time and penalties should the game end all square in regular time.

The winner of the match will be away to Premiership side Livingston in the third round with that match due to take place on Saturday, April 3.

We’re here at Forthbank Stadium with team lines expected soon!

Tonight’s Scottish Cup Second Round fixtures

Starting XI for Stirling

1 Blair Currie 2 Ross McGeachie 3 Aldin El Zubaidi 4 Daryll Meggatt 5 Kyle Banner 6 Chris Hamilton 7 Sean Heaver 8 David Wilson 9 Dylan Mackin 10 Jack Leitch 11 Kieran Moore.

Subs: 17 Cammy Binnie (GK) 12 Jordan McGregor 14 Jordan Allan 15 Dom Docherty16 Kurtis Roberts 18 Jordan Kirkpatrick 19 Declan Byrne 22 Andy Ryan 23 Scott Roberts

Starting XI for the visitors!

1 Jamie MacDonald, 2 Reghan Tumilty, 3 Kieran MacDonald, 6 Kyle Benedictus (C), 13 Brad Spencer, 14 Frankie Musonda, 18 Dylan Tait, 21 Kai Kennedy, 23 Gozie Ugwu, 26 Adam King, 32 Jamie Gullan.

Subs: 17 Robbie Thomson (GK), 7 Dan Armostrong, 8 Regan Hendry, 9 Manny Duku, 10 Lewis Vaughan, 11 Timmy Abraham, 12 Ross Matthews

The heavens have opened up

The rain has started falling in Stirling quite heavily, the pitch is looking pretty good though but might end up being a bit greasy now...

15 minute to kick off

Both teams are out and going through their warm ups as kick off approaches.

The last time these two sides met was another Scottish Cup encounter in November 2014.

Barrie McKay and Grant Anderson got the goals for Rovers that day as they won 2-0 at Forthbank.

Like tonight, both Lewis Vaughan and Ross Matthews were on the bench for the visitors.

Binos’ skipper Ross McGeachie is the only Stirling player from the game in the home squad today.

Both teams make their way on to the pitch as kick off fast approaches.

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has made his way in to the stand an interesting one with neither side having any players in on loan from the Perth Saints and neither due to play the anytime soon...

We’re underway at Forthbank Stadium!

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