East Fife fought back from a goal down to secure victory over Stirling Albion in the League One play-off final first leg, with Nathan Austin grabbing the vital goal.

The hosts hit the front in the first half when Ross Forsyth headed home from Darren Smith's corner.

But Scott McBride squared it with a second-half header.

And substitute Austin completed the comeback win another header two minutes from time.

The sides meet again on Sunday at Bayview to battle it out for a place in League One.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Stirling Albion

  • 01 Crawford
  • 07 Johnston
  • 10 Weir
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 05 Bishop Booked
  • 02 Hamilton (McGeachie - 81' )
  • 04 McClune
  • 06 Smith Booked
  • 11 Weatherston (Cunningham - 75' )
  • 09 White
  • 08 Comrie (Ferry - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Ferry
  • 14 McGeachie
  • 15 Cunningham
  • 16 Fulton
  • 17 Reidford
  • 18 O'Byrne
  • 19 Ashe

East Fife

  • 01 Rooney
  • 02 Cowan
  • 03 Johnstone Booked
  • 08 Barr
  • 04 Campbell Booked
  • 05 Thom
  • 07 McKenzie (Austin - 65' )
  • 06 Stewart
  • 19 Clarke
  • 11 Brown (McBride - 47' )
  • 10 Smith (Buchanan - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 14 O'Neill
  • 15 Stewart
  • 16 McBride
  • 17 Buchanan
  • 18 Austin
  • 21 Shaw
Ref: Craig Charleston
Att: 1,501

Match Stats

Shots

8 6

On target

3 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 2.

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 2.

90:00 +3:59

Attempt missed. David McClune (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

90:00 +2:31

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Ross Forsyth.

90:00 +2:10

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Darren Smith.

90:00 +1:09 Booking

Booking Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:05

Pat Clarke (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:38

Foul by Darren Smith (Stirling Albion).

89:59

Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

89:17

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

89:17

Jordan White (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 2. Nathan Austin (East Fife) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Johnstone.

87:26

Foul by Ross McGeachie (Stirling Albion).

87:26

Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:22

Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).

86:22

Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:12

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by David Cowan.

80:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stirling Albion. Ross McGeachie replaces Lee Hamilton.

78:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stirling Albion. Mark Ferry replaces Craig Comrie.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Liam Buchanan replaces Kevin Smith.

74:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stirling Albion. Sandy Cunningham replaces David Weatherston.

69:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 1. Scott McBride (East Fife) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Johnstone following a corner.

68:23

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Lee Hamilton.

66:20

Attempt saved. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:32 Booking

Booking Steven Campbell (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

65:20

Philip Johnston (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:20

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

64:43

Attempt missed. Pat Clarke (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

64:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Marc McKenzie.

60:44

Philip Johnston (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:44

Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).

59:15

Foul by David McClune (Stirling Albion).

59:15

Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:52

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Jamie Bishop.

50:52

Foul by Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion).

50:52

Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:03

Attempt saved. Marc McKenzie (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

46:29

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

46:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Scott McBride replaces Ross Brown.

45:23

Foul by David Weatherston (Stirling Albion).

45:23

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 0.

45:00 +0:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 0.

44:17

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

41:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stirling Albion 1, East Fife 0. Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Darren Smith.

41:07

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

40:34

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

38:22

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

37:40

Hand ball by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

35:50

Foul by Jamie Bishop (Stirling Albion).

35:50

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:46

Jordan White (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:46

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

29:22

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Marc McKenzie.

28:14 Booking

Booking Craig Johnstone (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

28:04

Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:04

Foul by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

27:20

Foul by Lee Hamilton (Stirling Albion).

27:20

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:54

Foul by Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion).

22:54

Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:10

Attempt missed. Kevin Smith (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

19:59

Attempt saved. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:16

Attempt missed. Graham Weir (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

16:04

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Steven Campbell.

12:12

Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:12

Foul by Marc McKenzie (East Fife).

10:48

Attempt saved. Kevin Smith (East Fife) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

1:13

Foul by Ross Brown (East Fife).

1:13

Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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