First-footers Stirling leave with a point

Jordan Holt rises high to equalise
Jordan Holt rises high to equalise
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A lack of cutting edge from East Stirlingshire cost them a first win of 2013 and added a third consecutive score draw to their record at Ochilview.

Although they had a numerical advantage for the majority of the match following Gary Thom’s dismissal, the Shire failed to do more than equalise against the 10 men.

With the sides even, Stirling were the brighter in the opening exchanges, lining up to shoot at Grant Hay, but Graham Weir and Scott Davidson both squandered chances before Thom rose highest to thunder a header into the net on 24 minutes from Kieran McAnespie’s long free-kick.

Albion looked the likelier to extend their lead despite positive inroads by Kevin Turner and Michael Herd in attack for Shire.

The latter was through on goal after waltzing past three defenders when Thom scythed him down on the edge of the box and the former Camelon man was sent off.

It boosted the Shire and they never looked back. A corner from Mark Begg almost crept in on the stroke of half-time, but was punched out by Mark Peat. The follow-up to the backpost was met sweetly by Jordan Holt and his header flew into the net as Kevin Graham called for half-time.

After the break it was all Shire as the numerical advantage told, Raymond Buchanan was assured at the back and rarely troubled but there was no winner despite industrious input from Turner and Michael Herd.