Coldstream 1-2 Stirling University

Coldstream United v Stirling University in the East of Scotland premier division
Coldstream United v Stirling University in the East of Scotland premier division

Stirling University came from a goal down to brush aside the Streamers and remain at the summit of the East of Scotland Premier Division.

John Crawford had given the home side the lead before two fine strikes from their tall forward, either side of the interval, turned the game on it’s head.

The match began at a frantic pace with both sets of players keen to get forward and make things happen. The pacy Adam Turner might have opened the scoring for the home side, but dragged his effort wide of the target.

Gary Wales was proving to be Coldstream’s biggest threat, however, overlapping the returning Greg McCrudden to put numerous balls into the box for the men in blue to attack. The front line could not capitalise on these unfortunately, but the lead did eventually arrive via the boot of Crawford as Matty Travis unselfishly slotted him in to roll the ball home.

Craig Heugh was also looking lively down the opposite flank, peppering the goal with shots from distance. Unfortunately, the little winger’s afternoon ended prematurely after a nothing collision left him with a broken collarbone.

Substitute Des Chisholm took his place, but moments after the reshuffle the equaliser arrived for the Uni - Lawrie Cannon outmuscled by the number ten who then proceeded to hit a drilled effort past Mark Walters in the Streamers goal.

Further chances could have led to a second, most of which originated from the impressive right winger, who repeatedly cut inside to deliver dangerous balls into the box, but Andrew Gibson’s men soaked up the pressure and made it to half-time level pegging.

After the interval, Crawford began to look starved of service although he did have a chance with his head which was directed straight at the visiting keeper.

What proved to be the winner for the students came from a quick break down the left - the ball played into the same target man, who spun to score with the outside of his boot. He could have notched another for his hat-trick, but Walters was very quick off his line to deny him with a superb save.

A nasty knee injury to Josh Hebdon led to the introduction of Richard Baxendale for the last 15 minutes when Punton rattled the bar with a shot as Coldstream went in search of an equaliser.

Coldstream: Walters, Wales, Allan, Travis, Cannon, McCrudden, Heugh, Punton, Hebdon, Crawford (C), Turner.