Scottish League One - Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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East Fife 0-2 Stirling Albion (agg 2-3)

Jordan White celebrates after scoring the opener for Stirling Albion

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.

Line-ups

East Fife

  • 1Rooney
  • 2Cowan
  • 3JohnstoneBooked at 43mins
  • 8BarrBooked at 72mins
  • 4Thom
  • 5Campbell
  • 6StewartSubstituted forBrownat 65'minutes
  • 10SmithBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBuchananat 71'minutes
  • 19Austin
  • 7Clarke
  • 11McBrideSubstituted forDurieat 53'minutes

Substitutes

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

Stirling

  • 1Crawford
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forFerryat 90+2'minutes
  • 11Weir
  • 3ForsythBooked at 67mins
  • 5Smith
  • 2Hamilton
  • 4McCluneBooked at 39mins
  • 6Smith
  • 10WeatherstonSubstituted forCunninghamat 71'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9WhiteBooked at 63mins
  • 8ComrieBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBishopat 89'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamEast FifeAway TeamStirling
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, East Fife 0, Stirling Albion 2.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stirling Albion. Mark Ferry replaces Philip Johnston.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stirling Albion. Jamie Bishop replaces Craig Comrie.

Foul by Jordan White (Stirling Albion).

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

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

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

Booking

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

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.

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

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

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

Foul by Chris Smith (Stirling Albion).

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

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by David Cowan.

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.

Booking

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

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

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

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Liam Buchanan replaces Kevin Smith.

Substitution

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

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Ross Brown replaces Jonathan Stewart.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jordan White (Stirling Albion).

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

Foul by Jordan White (Stirling Albion).

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

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

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

Foul by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

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

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