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SFL Midweek Review: Saturday 21st April 2012

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SFL DIVISION ONE

The game of the day certainly did turn out to be at New Douglas Park where it ended Hamilton Academical 3 Ayr United 2. For the 2nd week in a row Hamilton won a high scoring game by a solitary goal. Ayr’s roller coaster season though, took another downward spiral. Mark Roberts had put them ahead. Jon McShane had then equalised before Eddie Malone took an early bath for a questionable 2nd bookable offence. Daniel Redmond then made it 2-1 for the Accies before Michael McGowan got an equaliser for the 10 man team. An 89th minute winner from Jon McShane stole all 3 points from what many claim was an offside position. Brian Reid refused to talk about match officials at the end of the game.

Greenock Morton1 Ross County 1 had the league champions ahead after a defensive lapse in 6 minutes gave Colin McMenamin the opportunity to head them ahead. Marc Smyth got an equaliser just before half time. Archie Campbell had an incredible opportunity to stop the league leader’s fantastic run in the final few minutes when he was 1 on 1 with Michael Fraser. He was thwarted not once but twice as Fraser pulled off 2 incredible saves. Falkirk 2 Raith Rovers 3 saw the Houdini act of the season pull it off again. John McGlynn’s men snatched all 3 points as Willie Gibson chucked a dummy out the pram, stormed off into the sunset after a half time bust up with Steven Pressley and was told he will never play for the Bairns again. As for the game, Brian Graham got a hat trick for all 3 points for Rovers. Farid El Alagui had put Falkirk ahead, Graham equalised with a penalty; Graham then made it 2-1 for Rovers before Blair Alston made it 2-2; Graham got the winner in the 69th.

Dundee 0 Partick Thistle 3 saw Jackie McNamara’s side benefit courtesy of another hat trick. Paul Cairney with the first of his career could even afford to miss a penalty and still bag all 3 points. It would have been much worse had Rab Douglas not have been in such fine form. Finally, Queen of the South 0 Livingston 4 may not have condemned the Doonhamers mathematically but their season next year looks increasingly likely to be in the 2nd Division. Rory Boulding got a double with Marc McNulty and Keoghan Jacobs also scoring to set up a huge game next weekend – Queens are off to Kirkcaldy! Chris Higgins being sent off did not lighten Gus McPherson’s mood.

SFL DIVISION TWO

Cowdenbeath 2 Forfar Athletic 0 was the game that saw Colin Cameron’s men seal the deal for their return to the 1st. Marc McKenzie got 2 in the last 20 minutes to herald their return. Their defeat means Forfar fall into the wrong play off spot. Albion Rovers 1 Arbroath 1 saw Paul Sheerin’s side conspire to make things matter little at Cowdenbeath as a Lee Sibanda equaliser helped them gain only 1 point after Robert Love had put Paul Martin’s side ahead. It means that The Rovers have clawed out the relegation places but still need to keep fighting whilst Arbroath are needing to get a wee winning streak together for the play offs.

Dumbarton 2 Airdrie United 1 saw Alan Adamson’s side finally banish their slide down the table though Willie McLaren put the visitors ahead before Bryan Prunty levelled and then an own goal from veteran Paul Lovering made it all points stay in the shadow of the Rock. Airdrie are now in 4th on goal difference only. The Sons need a single point to make the play offs. Stenhousemuir 2 Brechin City 1 has the Warriors back in the mix thanks to Iain Thomson and Grant Anderson. They put the home side 2 up before a consolation came from James Lister. Brechin are still not safe and Stenhousemuir sit under Airdrie on goal difference. The run in was made even more interesting as East Fife 1 Stirling Albion 0  had a 90th minute Ryan Wallace penalty to snatch 3 points for the home side which puts them on the same number of points as Stenhousemuir and Airdrie United but with the weakest goal difference. The Binos are odds on for the drop.

SFL DIVISION THREE

Rather than a storming set of wins or a number of disastrous losses the 3rd Division play off spots for at least 2 teams in this division were all but ended thanks to draws! Firstly it was Berwick Rangers 3 Elgin City 3. Berwick can still catch 4th placed Elgin and a win seemed likely for the home side when they went ahead through Kevin MacDonald in the 1st minute. Mark Durnan then equalised before Jordan Foster and then Stuart Noble made it 3-1 for the Borderers. Jason Crooks and Craig Gunn in 2 minutes in the 2nd half made it all square and may have finished Berwick’s play off hopes.

The other team that can still mathematically do it was the outside bet – Peterhead. They ended Peterhead 1 Clyde 1. It was all going so well though, Peterhead were ahead thorough a Iain Gray  own goal before in the 90th Declan Gallagher got a single point for Clyde and may have pout paid to Jim McInally’s side surge to the play offs . Queens Park did make the play offs after Queens Park 2 Annan Athletic 0. Gardner Speirs’ men got the points thanks to Jamie Longworth and Ian Watt. Harry Cairney’s men are just outside the play offs and can realistically achieve them if others do them a favour.

The top of the table clash ended Alloa Athletic 3 Stranraer 1. It was Alloa’s 4th victory against Stranraer this season and began with Ryan McCord putting them ahead in the 13th minute. Grant Gallagher then equalised for the visitors before Robert Winters and then McCord again made it 3-1. Finally in another game with little at stake the scoreline was the same – Montrose 3 East Stirlingshire 1. Kevin Turner opened the scoring for the visitors before Martin Boyle, Gary Wood and then Boyle again got 3 goals and 3 points for the home side. Montrose went up one place above Clyde after that result.

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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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