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Graham Weir fouled by Craig Wedderburn, the ref awards a free kick. Marc McCulloch takes the free kick. Caution for Craig Wedderburn.
A cross is delivered by Keith Gibson, Steven Doris takes a shot. Scott Davidson gets a block in.
Scott Davidson challenges Josh Falkingham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Davidson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Lee Sibanda.
Paul Sheerin produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Josh Falkingham takes a shot. Callum Reidford gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Joshua Flood, clearance by Kieran McAnespie.
Stuart Malcolm goes off and Kevin Brown comes on.
(Stirling) makes a substitution, with Lewis Bonar coming on for Sean Fagan.
Effort from inside the area by Graham Weir misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Scott Davidson, Stuart Malcolm manages to make a clearance.
Lee Sibanda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Davidson. Darren Smith goes off and Joshua Flood comes on. Free kick crossed right-footed by Devon Jacobs from own half, clearance made by Lee Sibanda.
Scott Davidson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lee Sibanda.
Kieran McAnespie is caught offside. Free kick taken by Callum Reidford.
Scott Davidson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daly McSorley. The ball is swung over by Steven Doris, Paul Sheerin produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
The offside flag is raised against Gavin Swankie. Callum Reidford takes the free kick.
Darren Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Falkingham. Paul Sheerin has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Connaire Connelly goes off and Keith Gibson comes on.
The ball is crossed by Josh Falkingham, Darren Smith makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Smith by Stuart Malcolm. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Alan Cook, Steven Doris makes a clearance.
Sean Dillon challenges Connaire Connelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Sheerin crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Sean Dillon.
Devon Jacobs challenges Steven Doris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Sheerin takes the direct free kick, The ball is crossed by Alan Cook, clearance made by Marc McCulloch.
Paul Sheerin concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Cook. Alan Cook takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin from the right by-line to the near post, Stuart Malcolm takes a shot. Callum Reidford gets a block in.
Corner from left by-line crossed in by Graham Weir, clearance made by Stuart Malcolm.
Graham Weir has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Gary Thom concedes a free kick for a foul on Connaire Connelly. Direct free kick taken by Josh Falkingham, Lee Sibanda sends in a cross, clearance made by Devon Jacobs.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daly McSorley on Josh Falkingham. Direct free kick taken by Brian Kerr.
Steven Doris crosses the ball,
Alan Cook produces a cross, clearance by Connaire Connelly.
Booking for Stuart Malcolm. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Malcolm on Darren Smith. Daly McSorley takes the free kick.
Daly McSorley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Swankie. Paul Sheerin restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Callum Reidford.
Lee Sibanda on for Beau Busch.
Steven Doris sends in a cross.
Sean Fagan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Booking for Sean Fagan for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Gavin Swankie, save by Callum Reidford.
Gavin Swankie takes a shot. Paul Sheerin takes a corner. Save by Callum Reidford.
Darren Smith challenges Kieran McAnespie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kieran McAnespie.
The referee blows for offside against Gavin Swankie. Free kick taken by Sean Fagan.
Centre by Steven Doris, clearance made by Gary Thom.
Darren Smith delivers the ball, clearance by Stuart Malcolm. Corner from the right by-line taken by Alan Cook, Steven Doris makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Gavin Swankie, Devon Jacobs manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marc McCulloch. Free kick taken by Darren Hill.
Paul Sheerin takes a shot. Sean Fagan gets a block in. Short corner worked by Paul Sheerin.
Stuart Malcolm concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Weir. Alan Cook produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Centre by Alan Cook, Stuart Malcolm makes a clearance.
Alan Cook sends in a cross, blocked by Stuart Malcolm.
Centre by Alan Cook, clearance made by Kieran McAnespie.
Alan Cook takes a shot. Save made by Darren Hill. Outswinging corner taken by Alan Cook from the left by-line, clearance by Kieran McAnespie.
Shot from 35 yards by Gavin Swankie went wide of the left-hand post.
Gavin Swankie has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Alan Cook from the left by-line, Corner taken by Alan Cook, Connaire Connelly manages to make a clearance. Clearance by Craig Wedderburn.
Steven Doris scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Arbroath 1-0 Stirling.
Foul by Sean Fagan on Connaire Connelly, free kick awarded. Gavin Swankie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Callum Reidford.
Darren Smith takes a shot. Blocked by Stuart Malcolm.
Darren Smith takes a shot. Save by Darren Hill.
Sean Dillon challenges Connaire Connelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Sheerin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Sean Fagan manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Gavin Swankie, Devon Jacobs makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Paul Sheerin from the right by-line, clearance made by Gary Thom.
Same again for Arbroath
Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin will choose from an unchanged squad against Stirling after admitting defeat in his attempts to bring in new faces.
Back-up goalkeeper Michael White remains out with an ankle problem and front-man Jordan Elfverson's back injury continues to keep him sidelined.
Sheerin said: "I had looked at one or two moves but they have not happened so it is the same again for Arbroath."
A win would see Arbroath move to within two points of table-toppers Cowdenbeath and Sheerin added: "It looked like they were going to pull away but hopefully we can continue closing the gap.
"It would be great to only be two points off the top at this stage of the season."
Stirling defender Brian Allison misses out on his side's trip following his last-minute dismissal against Airdrie on Saturday.
The bottom-placed side's squad is depleted as John Crawley and Stevie Nicholas have work commitments while goalkeeper Sam Filler (broken hand) is a long-term injury absentee.
Youngster Andy Hunter is also unlikely to feature after picking up a knock in a youth game.
Manager Greig McDonald said: "We could move up two spaces by winning this game and that is a great target to aim for.
"To do it we need to do better than we did at the weekend at Airdrie as we did not get going there until too late in the game.
"I am sure we will be a whole lot better against Arbroath."
Red Lichties close gap
Arbroath moved to within two points of Scottish Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath after beating rock-bottom Stirling 2-0.
It did not take long for the Red Lichties to hit their straps as they surged into a ninth-minute lead when Steven Doris converted from close range to notch his 11th of the season.
They continued to dominate but were made to wait until first-half stoppage time to double their advantage, courtesy of player-manager Paul Sheerin's low drive into the corner after good work by Doris.
Stuart Malcolm saw his header saved by Stirling defender Callum Reidford while Sheerin blazed over as the hosts searched for a third.
Graham Weir almost made a game of it in a rare attack for the visitors, but his shot went wide and Arbroath coasted home.
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