Aug 29 2012 by David Ogilvie, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STIRLING Albion have been drawn away to South of Scotland League champions Dalbeattie Star in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday, September 29.
Monday afternoon’s draw offered a number of intriguing possibilities, with Stirling University or Rangers among Albion’s potential opponents, but the trip to Islecroft Stadium, 12 miles south-west of Dumfries, should give Greig McDonald’s men a good chance of progressing.
Stirling can take nothing for granted – many of their fans still recall the grim 1-0 defeat at Gala Fairydean 11 years ago – and Star are enjoying one of the best spells in their history.
They won the South of Scotland League last term without losing a game and also tasted success in four different cup competitions, although they were beaten 6-1 by Highland League Inverurie Locos
in the Scottish Cup. Star have won six games out of six in the league so far this term and may fancy their chances of creating a cup upset exactly a month today.
Stirling have had little Scottish Cup cheer in recent years. In 2009/10 they crashed to a club record-equalling 9-0 defeat at Ross County, two seasons ago they were beaten 3-1 at home by Partick
Thistle and in 2011/12 the Binos went down 2-1 to Dundee at Forthbank.
Stirling University will make their debut appearance in the Scottish Cup with a home match against Bonnyrigg Rose.