East Stirlingshire v The Spartans FC



Date Time League Season
13th April 2019 15:00 Scottish Lowland Football League 2018-19


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
East Stirlingshire011Draw
The Spartans FC011Draw



East Stirlingshire v The Spartans 13/4/19 – Reporter: Ewan Malcolm

Blair Atkinson’s 80th minute strike for Spartans denied East Stirlingshire a final home win of the Lowland League season in a keenly contested 1-1 draw at Falkirk Stadium.

Derek Ure’s side had rediscovered their goalscoring form in recent weeks with back to back wins against Vale of Leithen and Whitehill Welfare respectively.  However, a visit of Spartans posed a much more daunting prospect with the Ainslie Park outfit winning the reverse fixture 4-3.

It was perhaps a good time to face Douglas Samuel’s side though, after poor results in their last two outings produced a solitary point.

The opening exchanges were indicative of two sides very much focused on a title push for next season.  However, a flurry of freekicks conceded by both sides threatened to add a touch of excitement to an otherwise drab opening half.

With both side’s content to play out the rest of the first half in a manner more akin to a training match it was difficult to envisage the second springing any surprises.

However, the contrast in intensity was made blatantly clear from the off with Steven Brisbane’s teasing delivery across the face of the Spartan’s goal narrowly evading everyone in black and white hoops.

Spartans, visibly shaken by the change in tempo, responded with a little pressure of their own with Atkinson agonisingly close to connecting to Gary Cennerazzo’s deflected cross.

Ure had seen enough.  With the scores still level he saw fit to introduce perennial fan favourite and assistant manager Andy Rodgers to give Shire the attacking spark they had been bereft of.

The decision paid off when Shire were awarded a penalty.  Rodgers, as if there was any doubt, stepped up and comfortably swept his side into the lead, scoring his 110th Shire goal in the process.

Shire’s good work was undone moments later when a rare mistake from Steven Smith allowed Atkinson, who had scored a hattrick in the reverse fixture, the time and space to fire Spartans level.

Shire, desperate to end their home league campaign on a win, pushed for a winner.  They almost got it through an almighty stramash in the Spartans penalty box, but a combination of defensive heroics and wasteful finishing ensured the points were shared.

Ure will be hoping to cap an indifferent season for Shire with a win in their final league outing against BSC Glasgow next time out.


Match Details: Drummond Calder

East Stirlingshire: 1. Jamie Barclay (Captain) 2. Steven Smith (RB) 3.Scott Gray (LB) 4. Andy Grant (RCD) 5. Connor Greene (LCD) 6. Graeme MacGregor (LCM) 7. Steven Brisbane (LF) 8. Jaime Gallagher (RCM) 9. Ross Allum (RF) 10. Paul McCafferty (RM) 11. Liam Allison (LM) Subs 12. Chris McKee (LCD) (came on for 4. Andy Grant in 72 mins 49 secs)  14. Simon White (not used) 15. David McCaughie (RM) (came on for 3. Scott Gray in 64 mins 33 secs) 16. Andy Rodgers (LF) (came on for 7. Steven Brisbane in 69 mins 20 secs) 17. Iain Ure (sub gk) (not used) 18. Ludovic Erhard (not used) 19. Fraser Neave (not used)

The Spartans 1. Blair Carswell 2. Adam Corbett (RCD) 3. Scott Maxwell (LM) 4. Blair Tolmie (LCD) 5. Gary Cennerazzo (LB) 6. Alan Brown (Captain) (RB) 7. Blair Atkinson (RF) 8. Ian McFarland (LCM) 9. Stephen MacDonald (LF) 10. Aaron Scott (LCM) 11. Jamie Dishington (RM) Subs 12. David Greenhill (CM) (came on for 9. Stephen MacDonald in 57 mins 1 sec) 14. Josh Wishart (not used) 15. Jason Stevens (not used) 16. Cameron Dawson (RF) (came on for 8. Ian McFarland in 76 mins 13 secs) 19. Chris Peden (sub gk) (not used)

Ht 0-0 Ft 1-1

East Stirlingshire Scorer – 1) Andy Rodgers (penalty) (71 mins 51 secs)

East Stirlingshire Assist – 1) N/A

East Stirlingshire Bookings – 1) Andy Grant (48 mins 32 secs) 2) Scott Gray (57 mins 40 secs)

The Spartans Scorer – 1) Blair Atkinson (79 mins 11 secs)

The Spartans Assist – 1) Alan Brown

The Spartans Bookings – 1) Adam Corbett (90 mins 10 secs) 2) Cameron Dawson (90+1 mins 9 secs)

Crowd: 145

Referee: Craig Napier

Assistant Referees:  Graham McNeillie, Lewis Graham


East Stirlingshire (Falkirk Stadium)

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jamie BarclayGoalkeeper0000
2Steven SmithMidfielder0000
3Scott Gray 15Defender0010
4Andy Grant 12Defender0010
5Connor GreeneDefender0000
6Graeme MacGregorMidfielder0000
7Steven Brisbane 16Forward0000
8Jaime GallagherMidfielder0000
9Ross AllumForward0000
10Paul McCaffertyMidfielder0000
11Liam AllisonDefender, Midfielder0000
12Chris McKee 4Defender0000
15David McCaughie 3Midfielder0000
16Andy Rodgers 7Forward1000

The Spartans FC

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Blair CarswellGoalkeeper0000
2Adam CorbettDefender0010
3Scott MaxwellMidfielder, Forward0000
4Blair TolmieDefender0000
5Gary CennerazzoDefender0000
6Alan BrownDefender0100
7Blair AtkinsonForward1000
8Ian McFarland 16Midfielder0000
9Stephen MacDonald 12Forward0000
10Aaron ScottMidfielder0000
11Jamie DishingtonMidfielder0000
12David Greenhill 9Midfielder0000
16Cameron Dawson 8Forward0010
Yellow Cards
Red Cards