Stirling Albion 1
Arbroath 1
Scottish League (League Two)


Stirling 

1 - 1

Arbroath


Scottish League (League Two)
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Forthbank
Attendance: 1,748
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Blair Henderson (pen.) (76) Martin Scott (5)

Team Managers
David MacKay Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
Chris Smith
Ross McGeachie
Conor Quigley
Ross Forsyth
Andrew Black
Liam Caddis
Connor McMullan
Willie Robertson
Blair Henderson
Darren Smith
Ross Kavanagh
Ricky Gomes
Colin Hamilton
Ricky Little
Matty Smyth
Bryan Hodge
David Gold
Ryan McCord
Mark Whatley
Steven Doris
Bobby Linn
Martin Scott

Bench
Cammy Binnie
Jamie Mills
Calvin Colquhoun
Callumn Morrison
Alberto Vezza
Connor McLaren
Dylan Bikey
Rab Douglas
Jassem Sukar
Omar Kader
Gavin Malin
Donald McCallum
Bryan Prunty
Eddie Ferns

Substitutions
Callumn Morrison for Blair Henderson (65)
Alberto Vezza for Willie Robertson (77)
Dylan Bikey for Connor McMullan (78)
Jassem Sukar for Bryan Hodge (64)
Omar Kader for Bobby Linn (67)
Bryan Prunty for Martin Scott (82)

Cautions
Andrew Black (38)
Darren Smith (51)
Dylan Bikey (66)
Willie Robertson (69)
Omar Kader (77)
Colin Hamilton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kevin Graham (Referee)
Brian Templeton & Daniel McFarlane (Assistants)



Photography by Graham Black

Match Report


Arbroath manger Dick Campbell is all smiles after his side picked up the League Two trophy. Not surprising really given the enormity of what the 63-year-old had just achieved as manager of Arbroath.

The Red Lichties had just won the League Two title thanks to a 1-1 draw at sunny Forthbank despite finding themselves 11 points adrift of long-time leaders Forfar during the course of what has been a rollercoaster season.

With the destiny of the championship still in the balance going into the Stirling Albion encounter, Forfar’s defeat at home to Annan meant the helicopter containing the prized silverware would be touching down in Stirling.

Campbell, who has achieved so much in the game, said: “My feelings right now are I’m speechless. The game was never going to be a classic but the fact that Forfar got beat made it easier for us.

“I did not think we played particularly well but I’m not bothered my backside about that because we have made history.
“I came in here last March with my brother Ian, John Ritchie and John Young – the oldest management team in history.

“From day one we just have got better and better. We have the best away record in the league, the best defensive record in the league and the best goalscorers in the league.

“It’s a dream to win this championship but it’s not about me. It’s the people I have around me, these players and our fans.

“We have a good football club and good players and to bring 1,500 people here today is testament to our football club. The players have been absolutely magnificent.

“Maybe other people had us written off during the season but I would never write my players off. The fact that we were so far behind, this has got to be up there with the best.”

It took just five minutes for the Arbroath fans’ prayers to be answered as Martin Scott headed in Bobby Linn’s cross, giving Binos goalkeeper Chris Smith no chance.

For Arbroath the goal provided an enormous lift although Stirling battled back as Darren Smith bore in on goal only to be stopped in his tracks by a terrific Colin Hamilton challenge.

Mark Whatley came within a whisker of making it 2-0 when he zipped in a left-foot drive from ?20 yards which looked destined for the back of the net until Smith tipped the ball over the crossbar.

The Arbroath brigade were now only too well aware that Forfar were losing and it almost got better for them when referee Kevin Graham awarded the visitors a penalty.

Andy Black, subsequently booked, brought down Linn and up stepped former Stirling striker Steven Doris to take the penalty only for the ball to crack off the post.

Stirling’s persistence was rewarded when Blair Henderson made it 1-1 from the spot after Arbroath sub Omar Kader fouled Willie Robertson.

Substitute Callumn Morrison almost made it 2-1 for Stirling but his shot hit the post.

Stirling manager Dave Mackay said: “I had my first senior game of football when Dick took me on loan to Brechin from Dundee.

“He is a top guy and this is a great achievement.”

Match report written by The Scotsman



Squad Statistics (as at May 6th, 2017)


2016-17 All Time
Age
Ricky Gomes (GK)23 32 - 32 -
Colin Hamilton24 4441207
Ricky Little27 4031246
Matty Smyth18 8181
Bryan Hodge29 14 - 14 -
David Gold24 391703
Ryan McCord28 39133913
Mark Whatley26 4321256
Steven Doris28 451620478
Bobby Linn31 44616839
Martin Scott31 32103210
Jassem Sukar (sub)20 29 - 29 -
Omar Kader (sub)31 416416
Bryan Prunty (sub)33 352352






League Table (as at May 6th, 2017)


No league table has been added for this season.