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Saturday August 30, 2014

SPFL League One





Stirling Albion


Airdrie picked up their first league point and also recorded their first clean sheet of the season, but are still searching for their first league goal.

The ball dropped to Blockley in 7 minutes inside the box and his lobbed shot was over the target.

The midfielder slid a perfect pass in 13 minutes in for Lister who took a couple of paces then fired a low shot that struck Reidford’s right post then raced along the front of goal before being cleared upfield.

Only 6 minutes later Stirling also struck the goal frame. Chris Smith headed Comrie’s corner on for goal and McNeil pulled off a fine save clawing the ball back out. Forsyth then headed the ball back in but it struck the crossbar and the danger was cleared.

Paddy Boyle stepped up to take a free kick on the corner of the 18 yard box, after Kirwan was fouled. The full back curled a shot over the defensive wall and Reidford stood motionless in the Albion goal, but was relieved the ball strike his left post on this occasion and once again the danger was cleared.

2 minutes after the restart Fulton struck a curling shot from the left that struck the bar and in the melee that followed, Darren Lee Smith had a shot for goal that was blocked and rebounded to him and he blasted over the top.

With 74 minutes played Lister raced clear of the Stirling rearguard and he had to stretch to reach the ball but got in a shot that Reidford was able to block.

5 minutes later D.L.Smith raced clear of the home defence and sent an angled shot just wide at the far post.

With ten minutes remaining Bain controlled Gray’s cross from the right then fired a 20 yard shot just wide of the keeper’s right post.

A minute of normal remained when Stirling almost snatched a victory after an effort from Fulton 25 yards out was re-directed by Darren Lee Smith who was inside the box and McNeil reacted well to dive low and turn the shot away for a corner.

In the end it remained goalless.

John O'Brien at New Broomfield.

Photographs © Robert Dalzell. Click to view full size.

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