Stirling Albion will play League One football next season after a 3-2 aggregate win over East Fife in the play-off final.

The visitors were 2-1 behind from the first leg, but goals from Jordan White and Sandy Cunningham saw them go up.

Scott McBride and Liam Buchanan both missed great chances for the home side.

And the Fifers, who finished second-bottom of League One last term, now drop down to the third tier of Scottish football.

Both sides started in nervous fashion but home goalkeeper Dylan Rooney was called into action after 15 minutes to block a long-range effort from Craig Comrie.

And his counterpart David Crawford also had to look lively to deny Jonathan Stewart.

Crawford produced good saves to thwart Nathan Austin and Pat Clarke as the hosts took control.

McBride should have opened the scoring and extended East Fife's advantage just before half-time but he failed to connect properly with a free header.

The tie was level after 74 minutes when White hooked a shot over Rooney from a tight angle, and seven minutes later the visitors were in the driving seat as Cunningham slammed home a volley.

Substitute Buchanan had a chance to take it to extra-time but Crawford kept out his late effort.

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

East Fife

  • 01 Rooney
  • 02 Cowan
  • 03 Johnstone Booked
  • 08 Barr Booked
  • 04 Thom
  • 05 Campbell
  • 06 Stewart (Brown - 65' )
  • 10 Smith Booked (Buchanan - 71' )
  • 19 Austin
  • 07 Clarke
  • 11 McBride (Durie - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Mbu
  • 14 Durie
  • 15 Brown
  • 16 McKenzie
  • 17 Buchanan
  • 18 Inkango
  • 21 Paterson

Stirling Albion

  • 01 Crawford
  • 07 Johnston (Ferry - 92' )
  • 11 Weir
  • 03 Forsyth Booked
  • 05 Smith
  • 02 Hamilton
  • 04 McClune Booked
  • 06 Smith
  • 10 Weatherston (Cunningham - 71' Booked )
  • 09 White Booked
  • 08 Comrie Booked (Bishop - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Ferry
  • 14 Cunningham
  • 15 Bishop
  • 16 Fulton
  • 17 Reidford
  • 18 McGeachie
  • 19 O'Byrne
Ref: Calum Murray
Att: 1,516

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

6 5

Corners

2 4

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, East Fife 0, Stirling Albion 2.

90:00 +2:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, East Fife 0, Stirling Albion 2.

90:00 +2:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stirling Albion. Mark Ferry replaces Philip Johnston.

88:58

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stirling Albion. Jamie Bishop replaces Craig Comrie.

84:41

Foul by Jordan White (Stirling Albion).

84:41

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:49

Sandy Cunningham (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:49

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

81:56 Booking

Booking Sandy Cunningham (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.

80:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Stirling Albion 2. Sandy Cunningham (Stirling Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan White.

78:32

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

77:21

Attempt saved. Ross Brown (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

76:27

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:08

Foul by Chris Smith (Stirling Albion).

75:08

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

74:41

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by David Cowan.

73:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Stirling Albion 1. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

71:26 Booking

Booking Lewis Barr (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

71:19

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

71:19

Graham Weir (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:45 Substitution

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

70:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stirling Albion. Sandy Cunningham replaces David Weatherston because of an injury.

68:29

Attempt missed. Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:36 Booking

Booking Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.

66:28

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

66:28

Foul by Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion).

65:14

Attempt missed. Graham Weir (Stirling Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

64:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Ross Brown replaces Jonathan Stewart.

63:44

Attempt missed. David Weatherston (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

62:47 Booking

Booking Jordan White (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.

62:38

David Cowan (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:38

Foul by Jordan White (Stirling Albion).

61:57

Attempt saved. Nathan Austin (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

60:44

Foul by Jordan White (Stirling Albion).

60:44

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

60:09

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

60:09

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

59:08

Foul by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

59:08

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

58:29

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Jonathan Stewart.

57:18

Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).

57:18

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

56:00

Foul by Graham Weir (Stirling Albion).

56:00

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

53:30

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Gary Thom.

52:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Scott Durie replaces Scott McBride because of an injury.

48:30

Attempt missed. Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

47:44

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

47:44

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

47:14

David McClune (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:14

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

45:31

Attempt saved. Philip Johnston (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins East Fife 0, Stirling Albion 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

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

45:00

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

44:56

Foul by David McClune (Stirling Albion).

43:06

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

42:20 Booking

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

42:06

Philip Johnston (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:06

Foul by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

39:24 Booking

Booking Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.

39:04 Booking

Booking Kevin Smith (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

38:53 Booking

Booking David McClune (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.

38:33

Foul by David McClune (Stirling Albion).

38:33

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:18

Foul by Jordan White (Stirling Albion).

34:18

Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:02

Foul by Darren Smith (Stirling Albion).

31:02

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:16

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

30:16

Foul by David Cowan (East Fife).

29:46

Attempt saved. Jordan White (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

29:01

David Weatherston (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:01

Foul by David Cowan (East Fife).

28:07

Foul by Graham Weir (Stirling Albion).

28:07

Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:06

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

24:06

Foul by Kevin Smith (East Fife).

22:02

Attempt missed. Scott McBride (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

21:42

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by David Crawford.

21:25

Attempt saved. Pat Clarke (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

20:47

Foul by Lee Hamilton (Stirling Albion).

20:47

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

20:27

Attempt saved. Nathan Austin (East Fife) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

19:40

Foul by Chris Smith (Stirling Albion).

19:40

Nathan Austin (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:00

Philip Johnston (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:55

Foul by Scott McBride (East Fife).

15:46

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

15:19

Attempt saved. Craig Comrie (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

14:26

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

14:26

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

11:37

Foul by Graham Weir (Stirling Albion).

11:37

Scott McBride (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:11

Graham Weir (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:11

Foul by Pat Clarke (East Fife).

4:57

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Philip Johnston.

3:54

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by David Cowan.

0:51

Foul by Scott McBride (East Fife).

0:51

David McClune (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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