Stalemate At Forthbank

Last updated : 26 September 2010 By QUEENS MAD
Battling Stirling claimed their first home point of the season after a dour Forthbank encounter with the Doonhamers..

A lacklustre first half was short on genuine chances but the Doonhamers should have gone ahead in 15 minutes when Ryan Conroy's corner found David Lilley unmarked but the defender's six-yard header went wide of Callum Reidford's left-hand post.

Stirling responded through Chris Aitken's looping free-kick which Gordon Smith met with a firm header which went just over. At the other end Reidford kept his side level with a brilliant block to keep out Conroy's 25th-minute effort.

Stirling threatened on the restart when Aitken's corner was half-cleared to Jerome Heekeng whose right foot volleyed sailed narrowly wide.

Weatherston fed Willie McLaren whose angled drive hit the side netting before Reidford produced his second vital save to deny Paul Burns.

Stirling should have claimed all three points in the dying minutes when Ryan Borris' deep cross found Smith unmarked but the on-loan Hearts striker fired wide.

Queens Mad Man of the Match - Derek Holmes - Led the line well and laid on many opportunities for his teamates.