It was another fascinating weekend in the SFL and we had five goals racked up by Hamilton in Division One, another five from Stirling Albion in the Second whilst Berwick Rangers could only manage four in the Third Division. A high scoring weekend but we need a few more games to see how the teams will settle!
SFL DIVISION ONE
Dundee 1 Ayr 1
Dundee came from behind to equalise in the 30th minute after substitute Michael Moffat had fired Ayr ahead in the 14th. In a second half where there were few chances the Honest Men were lucky to escape with a point after Matthew Lockwood nearly sealed the win for the Dees but conspired to head over when scoring seemed a heck of a lot easier.
Falkirk 2 Partick Thistle 1
Kalllum Higginbotham won this for Falkirk in the 50th minute with his head after Kris Doolan had equalled Farid El Alugui’s opener. Kris Doolan had the opportunity to put Partick ahead with a penalty and his miss is the second league game on the trot where a penalty award has sealed Partick’s fate.
Hamilton 5 Ross County 1
Hamilton sit atop the First Division after this humbling of the Staggies. Centre half Mark McLaughlin scored his third goal of the season to start things off before Alistair Crawford chipped in with the second. Ross County were reduced to ten men when Jonathon Flynn was ordered off after a professional foul on Matthew Paterson in the box. James Chambers converted the penalty. Paterson and Grant Anderson finished the scoring for Hamilton but in between Kurtis Byrne volleyed Ross County’s consolation.
Morton 2 Livingston 1
We expected so much from this but in the end it took two penalties and a quality strike from Morton’s Michael Tidser to settle it. Tidser put Morton ahead in the 9th before Iain Russel converted the first penalty to draw Livingston level – Paul Di Giacomo judged to have brought down Jason Talbot. In the second half Morton finished the coring and the contest ahead after Peter MacDonald converted the penalty, Tidser brought down by david Sinclair.
Queen of South 1 Raith Rovers 3
Another penalty started this game with a 30th minute strike from 12 yards courtesy of Kevin Smith putting Queens one ahead for half time. Rovers came out fighting and John Baird snatched two – one from a cross and the other a 25 yarder before Brian Graham finished the scoring for Raith. To compound Gus MacPherson’s woes Kevin Smith was sent off in the second half for violent conduct.
SFL DIVISION TWO
Albion Rovers 1 Forfar Athletic 0
A dramatic last gasp winner – in the 89th minute – sealed the points for Rovers with Robert Love winning it. It was what Rovers deserved having provided the lion’s share of the entertainment.
Cowdenbeath 3 Brechin City 1
Cowdenbeath bagged the points at home and started the ball rolling with a Mark Ramsay finish from a Scott Linton cross. Brechin levelled it through Garry Brady in the 37th minute before strikes from Marc Mackenzie and Jordan Morton sent all points to Fife.
Dumbarton 1 Stirling Albion 5
If Stirling Albion were looking to answer their critics this week they managed it with style. Two wins out of two in the league is almost as impressive as five goals. Jocky Scott’s side managed no fewer than 4 in the 2nd half after Scott Agnew had cancelled out Darren Smith’s opening goal for the Binos. Level at half time Alan Cook and Joshua Flood put Stirling 2 ahead in 5 minutes of the restart before Sean Dillon and John Crawley had it 5-1 with 21 minutes left on the clock. With no further incident that is how it remained.
East Fife 2 Airdrie Utd 0
Having impressed with a 3-0 victory last weekend Jimmy Boyle’s side slumped away from the Shyberry as John Robertson’s East Fife took all 3 points at Bayview. It all started just before the break with Craig Johnstone and then was carried on by Robert Linn in the 64th minute. David Muir was sent off for East Fife in the 71st but the visitors couldn’t make 10 man East Fife pay.
Stenhousemuir 2 Arbroath 0
Brown Ferguson in the first half and then Andy Rodgers in the second half brought home the points for Stenhousemuir. Arbroath were not without their chances and Paul Sheerin will be unhappy whether he or Gavin Swankie had not done better with their efforts in the game.
SFL DIVISION THREE
Alloa Athletic 2 Clyde 2
Paul Hartley has found life in the Third to be frustrating as Clyde earned a draw. John Sweeney scored for Clyde before Ryan McCord put Alloa level from 25 yards out. Alloa went back in front in the 61st minute through Mark Docherty before Scott Bain was sent off in the 80th and Sweeney made it all square from the penalty spot.
Berwick Rangers 4 East Stirling 2
Paul Currie started and ended the scoring in this 6 goal encounter. His first came in the 9th from the penalty spot. Berwick then went 2 up through Damon Gray in the 50th. Fraser McLaren made it 3 before Alistair Love was fouled for East Stirling by Elliot Smith in the box, got up and scored the penalty. Nico Gibson made it 3-2 before a simple tap in by Paul Currie sealed the scoreline in the 90th.
Montrose 3 Elgin 0
Montrose bagged a vital win at home and did so convincingly. Martin Boyle got 2 in the 2nd half and the final goal came courtesy of a penalty – John Crawford converting after Scott Johnston was judged to have been brought down in the 50th minute.
Peterhead 2 Annan Athletic 3
A see saw affair that Annan, now sitting on top of the third won with yet another penalty in the 73rd minute. Brian Deasley opened the scoring for Peterhead in the 8th Jordan McKechnie levelled on the 19th. Rory McAllister made it 2-1 Peterhead before half time and then McKechnie made it 2-2. Steven Sloan was then adjudged to have been fouled in the box and Ian Harty made it 3-2 for the visitors from 12 yards out.
Queen’s Park 2 Stranraer 0
The Spiders put all thought of last week’s humiliation behind them as Jamie Longworth in the 34th and then Michael Daly in the 47th scored the only goals in the game to keep all 3 points at Hampden.
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