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Stirling City bag the points in tight affair with Falkirk Reds

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Stirling City FC
Falkirk FCF Reds
Under 14's FVFDA League
17 January 2015
Stirling City welcomed Falkirk through to Forthbank on the 3G as Kings Park was unplayable.
Both teams exchanged possession in the early stages with City coming closest to scoring twice within the first ten mins.
Faichney and Sharp were combining well with Faichney managing a shot from twelve yards on the angle which whistled narrowly past the far post.
The same partnership combined again for the first goal, to play in Grassick who composed himself well and forced the keeper into a good save, however following in at the back post was Browne who finished well for his fourth goal of the season.
Falkirk were causing problems playing more direct and but for the intervention of the defence and good saves by Nairns they may have taken the lead.
City were playing good football and it was from defence they got their second goal. Eastcroft stepped in to break up a Falkirk attack and fed Lindsay who turned well leaving a midfielder in his wake and passed to Browne who had come infield.  Browne accelerated away from his marker and passed a slide rule ball through for Grassick to get on the end of and coolly lob the on rushing goalkeeper.  
Just before half time Falkirk plundered a goal when City’s defence were left short and a good ball into the box was dispatched past Nairns despite Gray applying pressure it found it’s way into the net.
Half Time : Stirling City FC 2-1 Falkirk FCF Reds
The second half saw a change of formation and the introduction of Cameron, then soon after McArthur and it took City time to settle and during this time a penalty was awarded as Hornall was caught in possession in the box and he tugged back the Falkikr striker in full view of the ref. Fortunantely for Stirling, the penalty was hit hard and high, hitting the bar and the chance was gone.
Buchanan was brought on to give City more width and the second debut of Abercrombie added energy into the middle of the park were up to game pace instantly and barring a brave save by Falkirk’s goalie and some timely interventions the game could have been out of sight.
Falkirk created a few decent openings and only recovery tackles from Sneddon and Gray prevented clear shots on goal, however at the back post Falkirk forward done extremely well to get on the end of a cross come shot and was unfortunate to see it sneaking past the post.
The home side did tie up the game with ten mins to go, following a neat interchange of passes on the edge of the box with Ward feeding an excellent through ball behind the defender, who was unlucky not to intercept, allowing McArthur the chance to finish well for his second goal against Falkirk this season and third overall.
Full Time : Stirling City 3-1 Falkirk FCF Reds
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