Yet another exciting weekend in the SFL saw another 7 goal thriller, another 9 man team earn a draw and goals aplenty from the top of the country to the Borders. So what’s the story?
SFL DIVISION ONE
Morton go top with a comprehensive win over Ayr United which saw the Honest Men dip into the relegation mire. Hamilton continue to find life difficult whilst Dundee find some points to put on the board. Queen of the South stay bottom but are only 1 point off 9th place after their first win of the season – against Hamilton. All in all shaping up to be a good year with 3 points between 9th and 2nd in the league this could be a fascinating season.
Livingston 1 Falkirk 1
What is it with playing Falkirk – you seem to end up with only 9 men left at the end of the game as for the second game in a row their opponents see red twice in one game! Unfortunately on both occasions they have failed to take away the 3 points! This time Falkirk needed an injury time penalty from Mark Millar to equalise Iain Russell’s 70th minute opener. I thought this would be the game of the day and it seems to have been the talking pint of the afternoon!
Queen of the South 1 Hamilton Academicals 0
If you are going to get your first win of the season do it at home and against the league leaders. Sounds like a tall order but Gus McPherson’s side did just that with much travelled Allan Johnston getting the surprise winner in the 51st minute.
Greenock Morton 4 Ayr United 1
Hands up if you saw this coming? Not me either. I believed it would be a draw but Allan Moore’s men demolished Ayr in a devastating 4 minute spell with two free kicks needlessly given away. The first Peter McDonald put away from the edge of the box, The 2nd came from a cross from a free kick headed back for Andy Jackson to bury from 2 yards out. The 3rd a free flowing move that McDonald cracked home. The 2nd half provided 2 penalties in 2 minutes. Mark Roberts putting away the 1st for Ayr before Peter Weatherston converted after Sean Fitzharris was brought down by Ayr keeper Kevin Cuthbert. Morton are our new league leaders.
Raith Rovers 0 Dundee 1
Dundee’s Stephen O’Donnell made life difficult for Dundee within the first half hour by being sent off for 2 bookable offences. With no wins in 5 games it looked bleak before Nicholas Reilly stepped up for Dundee to take home the 3 points with a drive from the edge of the box in 85 minutes.
Ross County 2 Partick Thistle 2
Another 10 man performance but this time the 11 man team fought to get something from the game. County went 2 up thanks to a 13 minute penalty converted by Richard Brittain and on 47 minutes Michael Gardyne doubled the lead. Gary Miller was then sent off for hand ball in the penalty area and Paul Cairney pulled one back for the Jags. Chris Erskine then got the point they craved in the 89th minute.
SFL DIVISION TWO
It was a tale of Airdrie United redeeming themselves for their rout to Cowdenbeath last time out with their own rout of depleted Albion Rovers, 3 games with 16 goals between them and Forfar winning the battle of the promotion play off candidates from last year. Arbroath are now top of the table with East Fife still trying to get some form of consistency and Dumbarton once again in amongst goals for and goals conceded.
Stirling Albion 2 Stenhousemuir 2
Stenny could well rue this result at the end of the year as they were in front twice. Andy Rodgers got Stenny a penalty which Eric Paton converted in the 39th minute before Scott Davieson scored to level things on the 59th. Iain Thompson in the 69th then put Stenhousemuir ahead again but they couldn’t close the game down as another penalty – this time for the Binos – was converted by Alan Cook to make it end all square.
Dumbarton 3 Arbroath 4
Dumbarton do it again. 7 goals this week but they could only manage 3 of them! Bryan Prunty put them ahead in the 5th before Lee Sibanda equalised in the 14th. Mark Gilhaney then made it 2-1 Dumbarton in the 17th before Gavin Swankie equalised in the 27th. Kevin Nichol made it 3-2 by half time. The visitors then came out and in the 2nd half scored twice through Gavin Swankie and Steven Doris scored from a penalty in the 68th to take all 3 points and climb to the top of the league.
Cowdenbeath 3 East Fife 2
A thrilling encounter that had Ryan Wallace putting East Fife ahead before Greg Stewart made it all square. Mathew Park then put in his own net for Cowdenbeath to go ahead. East Fife levelled that in 62 minutes through David Muir but Cowdenbeath took all 3 points with a Jon Robertson free kick in the 76th minute.
Brechin City 0 Forfar Athletic 1
Giant front man Chris Templeman got the only goal of the game in a fairly drab encounter – in comparison to other games in this division it would appear positively paltry fair! The goal came in the 61st minute and the other event of note was Derek Carcary being sent off for Brechin in the 85th minute.
Airdrie United 4 Albion Rovers 0
It was all Airdrie and it was all 1st half. Strikes from Sean lynch in the 9th, Ryan Donnelly on the 11th, Jamie Stevenson from the penalty spot on the 41st minute and Donnelly again on the 45th meant the wee Rovers had it all to do in the 2nd half. With depleted resources it was beyond them and Ciaran Donnelly went off for violent conduct in the 80th minute just to lighten Paul Martin’s mood!
SFL DIVISION THREE
Annan lost their 100% record and even lost their game. They now share top spot with Elgin City who won the Highland derby at a canter. Montrose won to climb off bottom spot – the tenancy of bottom club handed now to East Stirling. With 16 goals in 5 games it was another great weekend if you made it to one of them.
Stranraer 4 Annan Athletic 2
Stranraer have been on fire over the last wee while and seem to have found their groove so when their near neighbours came calling Stuart McColm and Chris Aitken decided to chip in with 2 apiece to take all 3 points. Aitken started it with a free kick, Scott Gibson levelling for Annan. McColm then put the home side in front before Annan got a penalty with Aaron Muirhead equalising form the 12 yard spot. McColm managed to put Stranraer in front with a 20 yarder before Aitken’s spot kick in the 83rd made it game over.
Peterhead 1 Elgin City 3
Elgin go top as Peterhead’s disastrous start to the season continues. Craig Gunn made it 1-0 Elgin on the 4th minute before Mark Nicolson made it 2-0 in the 8th. Jamie Duff made it 3-0 before the interval but Barry Sellars got one back for Peterhead early in the 2nd half. Daniel Moore was sent off for Elgin for a 2nd bookable offence but with no fewer than 5 bookings for Peterhead problems seem to be mounting for the Highland side.
Clyde 0 Queens Park 2
Queens left it late but Jamie Longworth and Michael Daly in the 82nd and 86th minutes sealed the victory for Queens Park. It meant that the penalty miss by Paul Stewart in the 1st half could be forgiven.
East Stirling 0 Alloa Athletic 1
Alloa are gathering the points but not making life easy for themselves. Ben Gordon headed them ahead late in the 1st half and though East Stirling pressed they could not avoid becoming Scotland’s basement boys.
Berwick Rangers 1 Montrose 2
Frazer Mclean put Berwick Rangers ahead in the 11th minute before Jamie Winter equalised. Chris Townsley was sent off for the hosts and it meant a penalty which Sean Pierce converted. Montrose are off the bottom of the Third Division!