Edinburgh City vs Stirling Albion


Match Info

Date Time Competition Season Full Time
August 17, 2019 3:00 pm SPFL League 2 2019/20 90'


Ainslie Park
94 Pilton Dr, Edinburgh EH5 2HF, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Edinburgh City011Win
Stirling Albion000Loss

Match Report

Edinburgh City boss James McDonaugh felt his players got their just rewards after Robbie McIntyre’s second-half goal handed them victory over Stirling Albion.

The final outcome didn’t reflect the Capital men’s superiority at Ainslie Park, the hosts striking the woodwork three times inside the opening 45 minutes.

However, their patience was rewarded just three minutes into the second half as Liam Brown picked out the run of Alex Harris, the former Hibs winger ghosting into the box before his cut back was well finished by McIntyre.

The Citizens are now up to fourth in the table and just a point adrift of leaders Cove Rangers, Queen’s Park and Annan. It was also the perfect response to their Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup exit to Stenhousemuir last Tuesday.

“I thought we were good and showed a lot of different sides to our game,” a pleased McDonaugh said afterwards. “I thought we ticked a lot of boxes and played some good football. We were worthy of our three points. We’ve taken six points out of nine in the league so it’s a good return.

The recent goals we’ve scored have been great. We just need to put things together. We’ve won our two league fixtures following the Cove defeat so we’ll try and make it three in a row against Stenhousemuir this weekend.”

City were fast out of the traps but Liam Henderson somehow managed to scoop the ball over from six yards following an in-swinging Craig Thomson corner. Harris then looked to have put the home side ahead just moments later but his well-placed lob hit the top of the crossbar.

Another dangerous Thomson free-kick then saw Conrad Balatoni’s header canon off the post and City must have been fearing the worst when Blair Henderson again headed against the woodwork for the third time in 25 minutes.

The Capital men were almost dealt a sucker punch when Paul Willis headed beyond Calum Antell only for the offside flag to deny the striker.

But City deservedly edged ahead in what proved to be the winner just minutes after the restart as the forward-thinking McIntyre calmly slotted home a flowing move. McDonaugh also reflected on this week’s news that club captain Josh Walker has called time on his playing career due to injury.

“I’ve never seen the best of Josh because he’s struggled with injury the whole time I’ve been here,” McDonaugh said. “He’s played for a lot of clubs and had some good moments but his career is probably six years too short. I feel bad for him but he’s got to think of the good times he’s had. It’s been a sad week for the club. It would be great to give him another role here but it’s always difficult being part time.”

Thanks to the Edinburgh Evening News for their match report.


Edinburgh City

1Calum Antell Goalkeeper
2Craig Thomson Defender
14Callum Crane Defender
5Conrad Balatoni Defender
22Liam Henderson Midfielder
6Marc Laird Midfielder
3Robbie McIntyre Defender 48'
8Liam Brown Midfielder
10Danny Handling 19 Midfielder
9Blair Henderson 26 Forward
33Alex Harris 15 Midfielder
21Ryan Adamson Goalkeeper
7Allan Smith Forward
11Jordan Sinclair Midfielder
15Chris Kane 33 Defender
19Scott Shepherd 10 Forward
20Adam Watson Midfielder
26Jonny Court 9 Forward
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Stirling Albion

1Blair Currie Goalkeeper
2Ross McGeachie Defender
3Jordan Lowdon Defender
4Kevin Nicoll Midfielder
5Craig Truesdale 16 Defender
6Paul McLean 14 Defender
7Daniel Jardine Midfielder
8Dominic Docherty Forward
9Darryl Duffy Forward
10Paul Willis Midfielder
11Josh Peters 19 Forward
12Fraser Scott Midfielder
14David Wilson 6 Midfielder
15Cameron Thomson Defender
16Dylan Mackin 5 Forward
17Cameron Binnie Goalkeeper
18Max Wright Defender
19Lewis Hawke 11 Forward
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

KO KO 45 45 48 82 84 84 88 FT