Goalkeeper Darren Hill produced three saves in the penalty shoot-out as Arbroath overcame Stirling in the first round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Arbroath came close to taking the lead in the 22nd minute when striker Darren Grubben's superb volley hit a post.

It was Stirling who took the lead three minutes before the break from the penalty spot after Scott Robertson brought down Kieran McAnespie, with Mark Ferry making no mistake.

Hill prevented Graham Weir from doubling Stirling's lead with 11 minutes left before the home side levelled four minutes later, Paul Currie rattling in from close range following a pin-point cross from Keiran Brennan.

In extra time, only the feet of Hill ensured the game remained level as he kept out a powerful drive from Stirling striker Gary Brass.

Hill then maintained his fine form in the shoot-out, with Steven Doris, Derek Holmes and Currie successful for Arbroath, who prevailed 3-2.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Arbroath

  • 01 Hill
  • 02 Baxter
  • 03 Brennan
  • 06 Keddie
  • 04 Banjo
  • 05 Robertson (Travis - 46' )
  • 07 Sibanda (Rennie - 69' )
  • 08 Paul Currie
  • 11 Sheerin
  • 09 Doris
  • 10 Grubben (Holmes - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Bullock
  • 15 Prince-Wright
  • 16 Travis
  • 14 Rennie
  • 12 Holmes

Stirling

  • 01 Crawford
  • 02 Ashe
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Allison
  • 03 McAnespie Booked (McGeachie - 88' )
  • 04 McCunnie
  • 08 McPherson (McSorley - 90' )
  • 11 Ferry
  • 07 Davieson
  • 09 Weir
  • 10 Coyne (Brass - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Cleland
  • 16 McGeachie
  • 12 McSorley
  • 14 Flood
  • 15 Brass
Ref: Paul Robertson
Att: 579

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

4 2

Corners

5 8

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

124:33

Power penalty taken by Daniel Ashe saved by Darren Hill.

124:09 Penalty

Paul Currie scores a penalty. Arbroath 3-2 Stirling on penalties.

123:32

Power penalty taken by Mark Ferry saved by Darren Hill.

123:00

A save by David Crawford from penalty by Paul Sheerin.

122:30 Penalty

Penalty scored by Daly McSorley. Arbroath 2-2 Stirling on penalties.

121:56 Penalty

Derek Holmes scores a penalty. Arbroath 2-1 Stirling on penalties.

121:22 Penalty

Penalty scored by Scott Davidson. Arbroath 1-1 Stirling on penalties.

120:50 Penalty

Penalty scored by Steven Doris. Arbroath 1-0 Stirling on penalties.

120:03

A save by Darren Hill from penalty by Graham Weir.

120:01

The first player steps forward to start the penalty shoot-out.

120:00 +0:23

The match is going to penalties.

115:33

Scott Davidson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

114:24

Mark Ferry is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Hill.

111:05

David Banjo fouled by Gary Brass, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.

109:48

Corner from left by-line taken by Scott Davidson.

107:38

Shot from inside the area by Graham Weir clears the bar.

105:01

The match restarts for the second half of extra time.

101:22

Jamie Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Holmes. Derek Holmes takes the free kick.

98:06

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Davidson from the right by-line, clearance by Michael Travis.

95:47

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Davidson.

95:14

The referee blows for offside. David Crawford takes the indirect free kick.

93:36

Graham Weir has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

93:15

Gary Brass takes a shot. Darren Hill makes a save.

90:00 +3:47

The referee blows for the end of normal time.

90:00 Substitution

Substitution Daly McSorley replaces Gavin McPherson.

87:17 Substitution

Substitution Kieran McAnespie leaves the field to be replaced by Ross McGeachie.

85:07

Paul Sheerin has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

82:22 Substitution

Substitution Gary Brass on for Bradley Coyne.

82:22

Assist on the goal came from Keiran Brennan.

82:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Currie - Arbroath 1 - 1 Stirling Paul Currie scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Arbroath 1-1 Stirling.

77:50

Graham Weir takes a shot. Darren Hill makes a save.

74:02

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Sheerin.

73:36

Inswinging corner taken by Paul Currie from the left by-line, David Crawford makes a save.

70:27

Corner taken by Scott Davidson.

69:36

The ball is crossed by Paul Sheerin.

69:07

Corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin.

68:07 Substitution

Substitution Lee Sibanda leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Rennie.

67:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Sheerin, Jamie McCunnie manages to make a clearance.

66:47

Steven Doris produces a cross, Derek Holmes takes a shot. Save by David Crawford.

62:15

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Paul Sheerin, clearance by Brian Allison.

62:15 Booking

Booking Kieran McAnespie receives a caution.

62:09

Kieran McAnespie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Sibanda.

61:11 Substitution

Substitution Derek Holmes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Grubben.

60:03

Daniel Ashe produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

57:35

Unfair challenge on Graham Weir by David Banjo results in a free kick. Kieran McAnespie takes the free kick.

57:03

The offside flag is raised against Darren Grubben. Free kick taken by David Crawford.

56:16

Effort on goal by Paul Sheerin from 35 yards cleared the net.

54:19

Foul by Brian Allison on Lee Sibanda, free kick awarded. Darren Grubben has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

53:55

Jamie McCunnie concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Currie. David Banjo restarts play with the free kick.

50:59

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Davidson, clearance made by Paul Sheerin.

49:12

The offside flag is raised against Bradley Coyne. Darren Hill takes the indirect free kick.

48:16

David Banjo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran McAnespie. Free kick crossed by Jamie McCunnie, save by Darren Hill.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Michael Travis on for Scott Robertson.

45:00 +1:47 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:50

Corner taken left-footed by Gavin McPherson from the right by-line, save made by Darren Hill.

44:24

The offside flag is raised against Darren Grubben. Indirect free kick taken by David Crawford.

41:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Ferry - Arbroath 0 - 1 Stirling Placed penalty scored by Mark Ferry. Arbroath 0-1 Stirling.

40:34

Scott Robertson challenges Kieran McAnespie unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

39:30

Lee Sibanda has an effort at goal. David Crawford makes a save.

38:09

Lee Sibanda concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin McPherson. Mark Ferry takes the free kick.

36:50

Darren Grubben has an effort at goal from just outside the box hitting the post.

36:25

Daniel Ashe challenges Steven Doris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Steven Doris from left wing.

34:26

Unfair challenge on David Banjo by Gavin McPherson results in a free kick. Darren Hill restarts play with the free kick.

32:03

Gavin McPherson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Grubben. Direct free kick taken by Darren Grubben.

29:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin McPherson by David Banjo. Brian Allison takes the free kick.

27:33

The referee blows for offside. Darren Hill restarts play with the free kick.

21:53

Darren Grubben has an effort at goal from just inside the box that bounces off the post.

21:45

A cross is delivered by Steven Doris.

21:21

Steven Doris has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

16:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin, Kieran McAnespie makes a clearance.

15:27

Lee Sibanda takes a shot. Save made by David Crawford.

13:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gavin McPherson, clearance made by Paul Sheerin.

3:28

Scott Davidson fouled by Alex Keddie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie McCunnie.

1:00

The referee gives a free kick against Lee Sibanda for handball. David Crawford takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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