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SFL Weekend Review – 17th September 2011

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Well my days as Mystic Meg will have to be finally over – my predictions for last weekend were so off that only around 30% of what I thought might happen actually did! The rest were closer to wild speculation than I could have imagined!! It was still though, an interesting weekend!

FIRST DIVISION

To say this is a tight league when there are only 2 points from 9th to 2nd is an understatement. When the bottom club put 4 past the top of the table things can get all upside down. Despite that loss Morton are still at the top but Hamilton and Falkirk are only 2 points behind. Also 2 points behind – but in their case behind everyone else – are Ayr United at the foot. They will have to pick up points or they could end up getting detached at the bottom.

Queen of the South 4 Greenock Morton 1

Was this really top versus bottom? What we got here was the basement club handing out a footballing lesson to the league leaders. Gus McPherson’s side managed to go 4 up before the interval and all Morton could do was get a consolation in the 2nd half. Kevin Smith kicked it off in the 20th minute, Tom Brighton got the 2nd in the 30th whilst Smith managed two more in the 35th and 38th minute to get his hat trick. In an 18 minute spell Morton’s game was up. Peter MacDonald got a late consolation in the 87th but it was Queen’s day all round.

Hamilton Academicals 2 Raith Rovers 2

This was a fantastic advert for SFL Division One. Just before the break John Baird fired Raith ahead and then Joe Hammill made it 2-0 in the 62nd. The Accies fought back with a Greig Spence header from a precision Ali Crawford cross in the 66th, substitute Derek Lyle equalised in the 73rd from 12 yards out. Sustained pressure from Accies towards the end of the game couldn’t deliver a winner and a share of the spoils was fair for both teams.

Falkirk 2 Dundee 1

Falkirk got a late winner through a Farid El Alagui header to take all 3 points. Dundee went ahead just before the break as Steven Milne got on the end of a Ryan Conroy cross. David Weatherston made things equal in the 79th before El Alagui took the points safely home for the Bairns.

Ross County 1 Livingston 1

Livingston saw another see red but this time their hosts also lost a man who saw the red mist descend. David Sinclair put Livvi ahead on 40 minutes before Richard Brittain converted a second half penalty to make it 1-1. Steven Craig from County went for foul and abusive language whilst Livingston’s Paul Watson was despatched for a 2nd booking.

Partick Thistle 4 Ayr United 0

Last week Brian Reid scratched his head and wondered where his 4-1 loss to Morton had come from. After Firhill he might have some answers as Ayr United lost another 4 goals. This time it was the 2nd half rather than the 1st half where they lost the game. David Rowson (49), Paul Cairney (65), Chris Erskine (73) and a Kris Doolan injury time penalty gave the Jags all 4 points.

SFL DIVISION TWO

Unlike Division One, Division Two seems to be beginning to sort itself out. Arbroath retained their place up at the top whilst a chasing pack including Cowdenbeath, Stenhousemuir and Forfar are settled to mount challenges. Down at the bottom, there are four teams within two points of each other and will be hoping in the next few weeks each will hope – Airdrie United, East Fife, Dumbarton and Albion Rovers – that they can go on a run and climb out of the relegation dog fight zone.

Arbroath 3 Airdrie United 1

Yet another high scoring game including Airdrie United and once again they end up on the wrong side of the result. It was all so computable for the Second Division new boys, Arbroath with Kieran McAnespie in 6 minutes then added to by Steven Doris with his head on the 63rd minute before Graeme Owens got one back for Airdrie United from a free kick in the 65th minute. Gavin Swankie cracked one in from range to make it 3 -1 and 3 points to Gayfield.

Dumbarton 0 Cowdenbeath 4

Well if Airdrie are going to have 4 in their game so are Dumbarton. Bizarrely the last time Cowdenbeath got 4 was against Airdrie United! This time round Colin Cameron’s men got 2 goals in each half with Marc McKenzie on the 8th and Jon Robertson on the 19th. This meant Cowdenbeath went in 2 up. Jordan Morton in the 68th and Scott Linton on the 86th completed the rout.

Albion Rovers 1 Stenhousemuir 1

It was honours even for Paul Martin and Davie Irons but Rovers were the ones chasing the game. Stenny went one up through Stephen Murray in the 67th before Larry Acqua headed the equaliser in the 83rd. Nether side will be content with just a point.

Stirling Albion 2 Forfar Athletic 4

This tie might not have said high scoring at the beginning of the day but 6 goals later the visitors went away with all the spoils. Joe Shaugnessy for Forfar started the scoring before Scott Davieson equalised from the spot for the Binos. Chris Templeman made it 2-1 for Forfar before Nicky Low made it 3-1. Templeman got his 2nd and Forfar’s 4th before Darren Smith got a consolation.

East Fife 1 Brechin City 1

East Fife took the lead in the 8th minute through Ryan Wallace and would have hoped they could have held on before James Lister made it 1 each in the 57th minute. Once again a draw suited neither side.

SFL DIVISION THREE
Annan and Alloa sit atop the Third Division and with Stranraer, Elgin and Clyde just behind we have a real race starting to hot up. East Stirling and the one club everyone thought could be Champions – Peterhead – are deep down at the bottom of the Scottish Football League.

Elgin City 0 Clyde 3

It has been a much better start to the season for Clyde and their return to the 2nd Division might be on the cards as they travelled all the way to Elgin to return with all 3 points. Liam Cusack got 2 1st half goals to set them on their way before John Neill, having provided for both of Liam Cusack’s goals in the 1st half, got the 3rd goal in the 2nd half. Now did we follow that?

Montrose 2 Annan Athletic 3

This was a five goal epic which sent Annan top of the league.  Montrose went in front in 13 minutes from Martin Boyle before Scott Gibson equalised. Martin Boyle then regained the advantage in 44 minutes. With only 6 minutes remaining Gibson equalised before Jordan McKechnie got the 5th goal in the last-minute.

Queens Park 1 Alloa Athletic 3

Kevin Cawley is certainly endearing himself to the Wasps’ faithful and chopped in with the first 2 goals of the game in the 1st half. Michael Doyle then put Alloa 3 up before a consolation from Anthony Quinn.

East Stirling 1 Stranraer 3

East Stirling are back in the basement after losing to Stranraer at home. They are on a big losing streak and need to gather points soon. Steven Noble put Stranraer in front in 12 minutes though Andrew Stirling equalised 7 minutes later. It took until the 70th minute before Stuart McColm put Stranraer in front with veteran Michael Moore getting the final goal of the game after goal scorer Stirling was dismissed for East Stirling for a 2nd bookable offence.

Berwick Rangers 2 Peterhead 1

Peterhead don’t seem to be catching the breaks though Rory McAlister got another goal again from a penalty but on either side of that Fraser McLean got the 1st for Berwick whilst Damon Gray got the 2nd and winning goal.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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