Stirling University 2 Vale of Leithen 2
A point away from home is a good result, however at the end of the game the Vale will feel that it should have been full points.
The game started with Vale on the back foot as the youthfulness of the home team was giving them problems with their running.
Their pressure eventually paid off in the 13 min when some slack Vale play in the midfield resulted in long cross ball by Lyons arriving at the feet of McEwan, who had time and space to lob Gilpin to give them the lead.
This spurred on the Vale and Sean Stewart was starting to create all sorts of problems for the home defence with his speed and movement, and this was rewarded in the 21 min when a good pass from Dickson found Stewart who beat a couple of defenders before slotting by the goalie for 1-1.
With Vale now in command a through ball caught out the defence and with Stewart bearing down on the goal he was taken out by the home goalie Allan just outside the box. The referee deemed this only a yellow, although as last man it could have been a red.
From the resultant free kick from Kerr Allan, the goalie made a good stop but was unable to knock clear and Bonner followed up to head home for 2-1, 28 min.
Things got worse for the University when in 40 min Lyons was red carded for a lunge at Stewart.
The second half was only 5 mins old when after slack play again in the midfield, Vale gave away a free kick on the left. The flighted ball in the six yard box came of McBride’s head for an own goal.
The rest of the half was played out with neither team in control and with Vale not taking advantage of the extra player.
The only two real chances fell to Vale where Stewart and Currie were unlucky not to score.
A good point and I’m sure if we were offered it at the start of the game we would have gladly taken it.