The weekend saw another load of goals in the SFL. The English Premier League are even trying to get in on the act but we have had a barrow load of goals this season already. This weekend was no different as Dumbarton and Stranraer hit six apiece whilst Hamilton lost 2 players and gained 1 point and Annan preserved the only 100% record on Scottish Senior Football.
SFL DIVISION ONE
Hamilton Academicals 1 Livingston 1
Hamilton dropped two players, went in front and then were pegged back by Livingston right at the end of the game. I expected goals but we got incident instead. Mark McLaughlin was sent packing in the 53rd for a professional foul on Bobby Barr whilst Simon Mensing went for a second booking. It was after that excitement Alistair Crawford scored for Hamilton on the 78th. Rory Boulding hit a scorcher from 18 yards out in injury time to level the tie.
Ayr United 2 Raith Rovers 1
Another goal in injury time settled this game. Ayr United went 1 up through Michael Moffat in the 23rd minute and Raith were reduced to 10 men after Ross Callachan saw red for a tackle on Ayr’s Mark Roberts. On the 34th Joe Hamill scored for Raith as the old adage that playing against 10 men is harder than against 11 came back to haunt Ayr. Ayr piled on the pressure second half and Ross Robertson rose to nod Ayr into the lead in the 90th minute.
Dundee 0 Greenock Morton 1
Over 4,000 saw Allan Moore’s Morton take all 3 points in Dundee and the outside bet is looking like a racing certainty as Peter MacDonald got the only goal of the game in the 7th minute. Barry Smith won’t hit the panic button yet but mild concern over Dundee’s start to the season has passed.
Falkirk 1 Ross County 1
Yet another late goal sealed this draw as County were denied all the points as well as the glory in the 87th minute. Falkirk’s El Alugui nodded from a Dale Fulton cross after Steven Craig had managed to put County in front in the 75th minute after he headed in Mark Corcoran’s cross.
Partick Thistle 2 Queen of the South 1
Jackie McNamara has his own 3 points to count after Christie Elliot restored Partick’s lead in the 85th minute. Kris Doolan had fired Thistle ahead in the 20th minute but Queens had pulled one back through Centre Half Mark Campbell’s header in the 61st minute. Dumfries is not looking like the venue of choice for first division survival this year…
SFL DIVISION TWO
Stenhousemuir 3 Cowdenbeath 1
The odds were upset at Stenhousemuir as Colin Cameron’s heroes from last week left Ochilview with nothing. Andy Rodgers started the scoring for Stenny before Kenny Adamson levelled for Cowdenbeath. Paul McHale in the 72nd and then Brown Ferguson in the 77th minute made the points safe for he home side. The Second Division looks to be settling nicely and both these sides should be in the top five come Christmas.
Arbroath 4 Stirling Albion 2
Arbroath continue to be the surprise package – bit like Forfar from last season – as they beat the Binos in a 6 goal epic at home. Paul Sheerin’s side went ahead in the 10th minute thanks to an own goal from David McPherson. Alan Cook brought Stirling level by half time. Sean Dillon then headed Stirling ahead before the Arbroath avalanche. Gary Thom walked for a foul in the penalty box on Josh Falkingham and Steven Doris made it 2-2 from the spot. Paul Sheerin and Gavin Swankie in the 56th and 65th minutes then made the points safe for Arbroath.
Albion Rovers 1 Brechin City 2
Jim Weir’s side came from behind to take all 3 points with yet another last-minute decider. James Gilmartin had put the wee Rovers in front in the 8th minute. Paul Martin’s side then saw Christopher Fahey sent off in the 28th minute – Paul McManus converted the penalty – but there was double drama in the last-minute as Michael Dunlop got the win for Brechin and Ryan McStay got sent off for foul and abusive language.
East Fife 0 Dumbarton 6
With hangovers like this it is hard sometimes to see what the point of the party was! Robbo’s East Fife sent Dunfermline out the Cup midweek and then saw Martin McBride (17 minutes), Bryan Prunty (20 and 33) and James Lyden (45) made it 4-0 by half time! Bryan Prunty got another 2 (79 and 85) after East Fife couldn’t even score with a penalty.
Forfar Athletic 3 Airdrie United 2
It is being said that if you want to see 5 goals in a game go and see Airdrie United. This time round though it was goals shared between Airdrie and their opponents but still no points on the board from an entertaining encounter. Stephen Crawford put Forfar ahead but Jamie Stephenson and Sean Lynch gave Airdrie the upper hand. Crawford then got his 2nd of the game to make it 2-2 at half time. In a match that had goals before the interval it returned precious few in the 2nd half with Martyn Fotheringham getting the all important winner in the 64th minute.
Annan Athletic 1 Clyde 0
They kept their 100% record and they still sit atop the Third Division and Steven Sloan’s 29 minute strike was all it took. Of course the story of the game was a little longer than that but the net result is that Annan – some people’s dark horses for the title this year are still well on track!
Elgin City 2 East Stirlingshire 0
Craig Gunn managed a goal in each half to keep the 3 points in the Highlands. Both were close range efforts and East Stirling, by all accounts, capitulated without much of a fight. John Coughlin now knows the size of the task he has taken on.
Alloa Athletic 2 Peterhead 1
Paul Hartley had already, during the beginning of the season, pointed out the value in Kevin Cawley. With 2 goals in the 2nd half after Rory McAllister had put the visitors ahead in the 30th minute. The relief for Hartley and Alloa will be palpable; Rory McAllister has found his scoring boots – the rest of the team may need to chip in with an equal performance if they are going to climb the league.
Montrose 0 Stranraer 6
At the beginning of this year Stranraer lost 8-0 to Morton. They have now chipped in with their won high scoring version. Stuart McColm with 2; veteran Stranraer man Michael Moore – also with 2; Chris Aitken; and Craig Malcolm all scored for Stranraer to take all 3 points. Montrose will indeed have a long, hard season… To add to their woes Jonathan Smart was sent off in the 59th minute.
Queens Park 1 Berwick Rangers 1
Queens Park got a point thanks to Michael Daly in the 2nd half. Kevin McDonald had put Berwick 1 ahead in the 20th and with honours even both sides pressed for an advantage but it didn’t come for either side.