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Binos battling qualities earn hard fought win over local rivals

Stirling Albion 2

Kouider-Aïssa 42', 77'

Alloa Athletic 1

Layne 48'
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2016
  • Forthbank Astro
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League East
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.
  • Half Time:
  • Stirling Albion
  • 1-0
  • Alloa Athletic
The Wasps responded well and got off to a perfect start in the second half getting the equalising goal in the 48th minute. Scott Hynd won a fifty-fifty collision with a Stirling defender just outside there box, which fell into the path of Layne who progressed into the Albion penalty area making no mistake guiding it past Binnie.
 
Defences were on top in the second period, Alloa’s rapid fullbacks Lewis Wilson and Michael Hardie dealt with Albion’s wide play exceptionally well whereas Bino’s centre back pairing of Lee Hamilton and Scott Burns dealt with the threat of Alloa forwards Hynd and Layne throughout. 
 
Lewis Wilson was beaten on a rare occasion later on in the half, Ross Kavanagh picked out the unmarked McAllister in the box. But with the goal gaping in front of him, he lost his balance as he was about to pull the trigger and to the relief of Andrew Wilson he pounced on the loose ball before McAllister could react.
 
It had draw written all over it as both sides struggled to grab the game by the scruff of the neck however Albion regained the lead in the 77th minute through Kouider-Aissa, directing McAllister’s low driven freekick goalwards which found the bottom corner.
 
The Binos saw the rest of the game out comfortably, that win puts them two points clear in the SPFL Development League East, a precious three points with Raith and Forfar having games in hand over them in the battle for first place.
  • Full Time:
  • Stirling Albion
  • 2-1
  • Alloa Athletic

Lineups

Stirling Albion
Alloa Athletic
1. Cammy Binnie
2. Lee Hamilton
3. Kevin McKinlay
4. Scott Burns
5. Scott Davidson
6. Jordan Herron
7. Ross Kavanagh
8. Craig Comrie
9. Salim Kouider-Aissa
10. Sam Davidson
11. Moses Olanrewaju
17. Ronan Fallens
12. Morgan Reid
14. Gregor Gwynne
15. Connor McMullan
16. Tommy McAllister
18. Scott Stevenson
19. Regan McLaren
1. Andrew Wilson
2. Michael Hardie
3. Lewis Wilson
4. Aiden McNeill
5. Jack Crumlish
6. Ryan Hoggan
7. Aron Lynas
8. Lee McLelland
9. Scott Hynd
10. Isaac Layne
11. Adam Martin
20. Chris Smith
12. Kieran Coleman
14. Callum Welsh
15. Sam Collumbine
16. Callum Hutchinson
17. Mark Greene
18. Paul Carrick
Star Player
Stirling Albion
Alloa Athletic
Lee Hamilton - Defensively sound, strong marking, tough tackling, composed on the ball. Excellent performance.
Michael Hardie - Never stopped running, exceptional defensive display, made vital recovery tackles and supported his team well on the right edge with his accurate passing and quick overlapping runs.
Magic Moment
Stirling Albion
Alloa Athletic
Cammy Binnie - Saving Isaac Layne's penalty midway through the first half at 0-0 was crucial in their victory tonight, Alloa go ahead it could have been a different outcome.
Scott Lynd - His determination to win the ball so high up the pitch creating the equalising goal.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Saturday, 19 March 2016 19:28
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