Brandanes stunned by Stirling’s late leveller

Stuart Brady’s spectacular solo goal was the stand-out moment for the Brandanes on an afternoon of mixed emotions on Saturday which saw Stirling University score a late equaliser to secure a 3-3 draw.

Brady’s mazy run through the heart of the Stirling defence, and his cool finish past visiting keeper Thomas McCulloch, put the Rothesay men 3-2 up just before half-time – but after missing a string of chances to seal the points in the second half, the hosts were stunned when Sheldon Jacobs struck two minutes from time to earn the visitors a draw.

Kevin Hughes put Stirling in front midway through the first half when he curled a superb shot past Brandanes keeper Ben Hatton from 25 yards, but Chrissy Donnelly levelled matters just six minutes later from a Stuart McKechnie pass.

Hughes’ second – a near-post flick to a Jacobs cross – put Stirling back in front on 36 minutes, but once again their lead was to be short-lived, Sean Lawrence scoring the Danes’ second only three minutes later, rolling the ball into the empty net after taking the ball around McCulloch.

Centre-half Brady’s moment of magic on 44 minutes gave the Rothesay men the lead for the first time in the match, but despite dominating much of the second half the hosts were unable to score the fourth goal which would almost certainly have knocked the stuffing out of the visitors.

Wes Pattison had three golden opportunities to put the game out of Stirling’s reach after being put clean through on goal, but his first effort was blocked by McCulloch and his second and third both struck the woodwork.

And Stirling came back into the game in the closing stages, and after Riteesh Mishra hit the post with only the keeper to beat, the visitors grabbed a point two minutes from the end when Jacobs’ shot from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection off a defender before spinning past the helpless Hatton and into the net.