Edinburgh City knocked off perch after Stirling loss

Edinburgh City striker Ross Allum scored his side's goal
Edinburgh City striker Ross Allum scored his side's goal
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Edinburgh City were knocked off the top of the Lowland League after a poor defensive performance against Stirling University.

On 13 minutes, City keeper Amos saved at the feet of Chris Geddes and immediately threw to Gordon Donaldson, whose long pass behind the home defence was snapped up by Ross Allum. He cut inside, rounded goalkeeper Marshall and stroked the ball into the empty net.

The visitors increased the pressure, and in a frantic five minutes Marshall dived to deny Allum his second, while two defenders were booked for fouls on City strikers. In 25 minutes, however, a short back-header allowed Paul MacCafferty to dash through and fire the ball into the far corner. Stirling went ahead in 36 minutes when a pass was intercepted and the ball squared to Geddes, who netted from ten yards.

In 61 minutes, Stirling’s Faulds was red-carded for a two-footed tackle on John Dunn. City made a triple substitution in 68 minutes, and the triallist striker’s cheeky back-heel was superbly saved on the line by Marshall.

On 77 minutes, Paul Sludden made no mistake when one-on-one with Amos. Six minutes from time City’s triallist striker headed the ball home but it was ruled offside.

Stirling University: Marshall, Monguel, Ashe, Cuff, Leigh, Gillen, Hunter, Faulds, Geddes, MacCafferty, Sludden. Subs: Fitzpatrick, Duah-Kessie, Bonar, Tierney.

Edinburgh City: Amos, Mbu, G.Donaldson, Harrison, MacDonald, Muhsin, McFarland, Dunn, Allum, Deniran, McKee. Subs: Carse, Osborne, McConnell, Caddow, Gair, Triallist, Stobie.