A cagey affair at Forthbank Astro saw Stirling Albion come out on top over local rivals Alloa Athletic and regain top spot in the SPFL Development League East.
Salim Kouider-Aissa gave the home side the lead three minutes before half time with a neat finish, before Isaac Layne equalised for The Wasps three minutes into the second half, after he missed a penalty midway through the first half before the deadlock had been broken. Salim Kouider-Aïssa was the match winner for the hosts reacting first from a Tommy McAllister free kick taken from just outside the left edge of the box.
Both sides were playing a fast technical brand of football in the opening exchanges, but neither side could create any real openings with Lee McLelland’s header straight at Cammy Binnie from 16 yards the only effort of any real note.
The Bino’s were dealt a huge blow midway through the first half when the ever present winger Moses Olanrewaju, who has recently broken into the first team squad with his impressive performances for the U20s came off injured and was replaced by Tommy McAllister.
Stirling came up with a glorious chance to take the lead, Jordan Herron’s through ball carved open the Alloa back line putting Kouider-Aïssa through one-on-one but his finish went narrowly wide.
Alloa had an even better opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot when McAllister appeared to have handled in area. Isaac Layne stepped up to take but Binnie produced a fabulous save getting down quickly to his right hand side to keep it all square.
Opening goal came in the 42nd minute and it was in favour of the home side. Another through-ball splitting the Alloa defence open, this time Craig Comrie provided the pass and Kouider-Aissa was on hand to race through cooly slotting past Andrew Wilson.