Lad­broke’s League Two

Stirling Observer - - LEAGUE TWO -

goal of the sea­son. Al­bion had to do with­out half a dozen play­ers through in­jury - Wil­lie Robert­son, Peter MacDon­ald, Ross Smith, Scott David­son, Liam Cad­dis and Steven No­ble were all ruled out.

There was a first start for Kyle Ban­ner at right-back and 17-year- old Ge­orge Stanger was handed a de­but in mid­field.

Both can be proud of their per­for­mances in a game that marked Mackay’s first an­niver­sary in charge – re­mark­ably Sean Dick­son is the only player who started at Broad­wood and who also be­gan the 3-2 vic­tory over El­gin City at Bor­ough Briggs 12 months ago.

The Bully Wee should have scored in­side 20 sec­onds when a through ball caused con­fu­sion in the Al­bion de­fence and Dar­ren Ram­say nipped in but McGeachie did well to block his net-bound shot.

Stir­ling’s best player on a bit­ingly cold af­ter­noon in Cum­ber­nauld was Cammy Bin­nie. The goal­keeper lost his place to Mark Fo­den for a short spell but was ex­cel­lent here.

In the first half he made a vi­tal block from the lively Good­willie who got in be­hind the de­fence then checked into the area off the left flank, and made a cou­ple of ter­rific stops after the break.

The sec­ond half was just a few min­utes old when Barry Cud­dihy looked set to score but Bin­nie bat­ted away his pow­er­ful shot and later saved from Good­willie who had been al­lowed to turn.

Tow­er­ing mid­fielder Kevin Ni­coll should have fired Clyde in front in 53 min­utes when he found him­self free in the box. He ar­rowed a shot to­wards the cor­ner but the ball came back off the base of the post and the fol­lowup was di­verted wide.

Stir­ling had come close in the first half when Dar­ren Smith nudged a Cal­l­umn Mor­ri­son cross wide at the far post. The on-loan Hearts winger was al­ways will­ing to run at de­fend­ers but clear-cut chances were prov­ing hard to come by for the vis­i­tors.

How­ever, Al­bion have scored in ev­ery League 2 game this sea­son and main­tained that record. Sub­sti­tute Neil McLaugh­lin, on loan from Partick This­tle, was the cre­ator with a bril­liant ball in from the left and Smith had a sim­ple fin­ish in front of the big trav­el­ling sup­port.

It was a con­test that had the look of the first goal be­ing the win­ner but it was not to be. An in­nocu­ous ball launched into the box from the left brought Clyde their equaliser, ap­par­ently for a foul by Ewan McNeil on Kieran Duffie. There was gen­eral dis­be­lief at the award but Good­willie ig­nored the protests to coolly score from 12 yards.

In a fran­tic fin­ish, McGeachie was de­nied a penalty when he seemed to be hauled back by a de­fender as it ended all square.


Heads up Ross McGeachie was de­nied a last-minute penalty

Dan­ger­ous cross Cal­l­umn Mor­ri­son had an­other fine game for Stir­ling

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