League Two round up: Leaders Stirling show their mettle

Edinburgh City triallist Farid El Alagui had an effort cleared off the line.  Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS
Edinburgh City triallist Farid El Alagui had an effort cleared off the line. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS
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Leaders Stirling Albion came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at second-from-bottom Edinburgh City, maintaining a two-point cushion at the summit.

Defying a run of terrible recent form, City began brightly and opened the scoring in the 18th minute through Scott Shepherd’s superb strike from outside the penalty area. Soon after, triallist Farid El Alagui had an effort cleared off the line for the hosts.

Stirling found their rhythm eventually though as Callum Morrison set up Ross Kavanagh for a crisp leveller in the 38th minute.

The roles were then reversed for Albion’s winner shortly after half-time, with Kavanagh feeding Morrison to take the three points back along the M9.

Second-placed Montrose kept up the pressure on the leaders with a 3-1 success at bottom side Cowdenbeath.

Veteran forward Chris Templeman set up Terry Masson for the Montrose opener in the 10th minute, and Masson swiftly doubled his tally by tapping home from a set-piece amid atrocious home defending.

Robbie Buchanan’s 52nd minute header briefly gave the Fife outfit hope but that was extinguished on the hour mark as Craig Johnston headed the Angus visitors back into a two-goal advantage.

Sitting third and three points off the pace are Peterhead who earned a comfortable 2-0 win at Elgin City courtesy of Rory McAllister’s double.

A talismanic figure for the Blue Toon, McAllister swept the visitors into a 24th minute breakthrough from Jack Leith’s pass and the experienced forward made sure of Peterhead’s victory when he added a second from Simon Ferry’s touch in the 71st minute.

Fourth-placed Stenhousemuir were held to a 1-1 draw by managerless Clyde at Ochilview.

Mark McGuigan fired Stenhousemuir into a 20th minute lead from the penalty spot. However, Clyde replied five minutes after the restart as David Goodwillie pounced at the back post to level. At Galabank, Annan Athletic drew 0-0 with Berwick Rangers.