Aug 31 2012 by David Ogilvie, Stirling Observer Friday
Alloa Athletic 0 Stirling Albion 2 (Stirlingshire Cup)
ALBION booked a Stirlingshire Cup semi-final trip to Dumbarton thanks to a comfortable victory over a young Alloa side at Recreation Park on Tuesday night.
The Binos should probably have won by a bigger margin but had to settle for a first-half strike from Marc McCulloch and a Daly McSorley penalty early in the second period.
Gary Brass had a goal disallowed for offside late on and Jamie Clark headed against the bar as Albion largely dominated on the artificial surface against what was effectively an U17 Alloa team.
Albion boss Greig McDonald rang the changes, with left-back Kieran McAnespie the only survivor from the team beaten 1-0 by Clyde in Division Three on Saturday while reserve keeper Craig McDowall was the most experienced player in Paul Hartley’s selection.
Clark headed over from close range and Brass was denied after good work by Josh Flood before Stirling eventually made the breakthrough in 34 minutes when McCulloch made a good run into the area, controlled a pass on his chest and smacked the ball confidently into the net.
Stephen Day had caused Alloa problems with his pace and direct running in the first half and it was no surprise when he earned the penalty that settled the tie seven minutes after the restart. Steven Smith hauled him down in the area and McSorley made a superb job of the spot-kick.
Alloa’s youngsters played some nice stuff but Stirling continued to create chances and should have added to their tally in the closing stages but the job was already done.
Alloa: McDowall, Kelly, Wilson (Clark 71), Smith, Ward, Munn, Ferns (Paterson 64), Locke, Makombo-Eboma, Millar, Hardie (Toye 76). Subs not used: Connor, Brown.
Stirling Albion: Filler, McGeachie, McAnespie, McCulloch, Clark, McDonald, Flood, McSorley, Day (S Weir 60), Brass, Macpherson (Ashe 72) (Davidson 89). Subs not used) Thom, Peat.
Referee: Gavin Duncan