Alloa Athletic

  • 11-5-8
  • 3rd in Scottish League One

Alloa Athletic

SOCCER

    Alloa Athletic 0-3 Hibernian

    Hibernian booked their place in the knockout stages of the Betfred Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Alloa Athletic.A first-half opener from youngster Fraser Murray and a second-half double from Simon Murray ensured the Easter Road outfit progressed as winners in Group D.Manager Neil Lennon also handed debuts to Lithuanian pair Vykintas Slivka and Deivydas Matulevicius as they cruised to victory against their League One hosts.Martin Boyle had already tested home keeper Neil Parry by the time the top-flight visitors made a 15th-minute breakthrough.Boyle was involved again, slipping a pass to Simon Murray and the striker's low centre was fired into the net by his younger namesake, Fraser.Alan Cook came close to an instant equaliser for Alloa but his low drive was deflected inches past the post, and just short of the half-hour mark Jon Robertson's 25-yard effort whistled over.Hibs then settled back into a rhythm and Parry denied Fraser Murray a second five minutes from half-time as the youngster tried to chip him from the left side of the box.The second half began tamely but the visitors were always in command and doubled their lead in the 64th minute.Fraser Murray sparked a quick counter-attack and fed Boyle on his outside. The winger's low cross was bundled in by Simon Murray from close range.The summer signing then added a third 10 minutes from time to make it seven goals in four Betfred Cup games. Boyle swung in a cross from the left and former Dundee United marksman Simon Murray bulleted a header in off the post to round off a pleasing win. ends
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      Ross County 2-0 Alloa Athletic

      A Marcus Fraser volley sent Premiership side Ross County on their way to a 2-0 victory over League One Alloa Athletic in their Betfred Cup Group D opener.The defender's sweet strike was added to by Craig Curran as the Dingwall team began with a win.The Staggies, who were the 2015 winners of the competition, were killed off by the Wasps a year ago as they finished third in their section behind them and Raith Rovers and that had been in the mind of manager Jim McIntyre this week in the build-up to this tie.The Staggies, boosted by the return of Curran from a head knock, almost nudged in front on 23 minutes when ex-St Mirren defender Sean Kelly, on his competitive debut, swept a free-kick just wide.Alloa keeper Craig McDowall then had to be alert to turn an in-swinging Michael Gardyne corner around his near post before home skipper Andrew Davies headed over from the follow-up set-piece.Athletic were playing neat football, but lacked the cutting edge to really ask questions of their top-flight hosts.The opener arrived on 40 minutes when Fraser crashed an unstoppable volley high into the net when he connected with a Gardyne corner.The clinching second goal came on 69 minutes when Curran pounced to score after McDowall firstly denied him in the box.Sub Adam Martin came closest to getting Alloa on the scoresheet, but the Staggies held firm to earn the win.County head to League One Montrose on Tuesday, while Alloa will look to get points on the board when they host fellow League One opponents Arbroath.ends
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        Champions Livingston extend winning run to seven by beating Queen's Park

        Livingston recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory over Queen's Park at Almondvale Stadium as the Scottish League One champions extended their winning run to seven games.Nikolay Todorov latched on to Danny Mullen's great ball forward to hand the home side their opener, poking it beyond the goalkeeper and into an empty net.Mullen doubled their lead midway through the second half, while provider for the second - Declan Gallagher - claimed another assist as he set up Josh Mullin with 10 minutes remaining and Nicky Cadden completed the scoring at the death.Alloa, who sealed their spot in this season's play-offs with last weekend's 6-1 mauling of Brechin, only needed one goal to claim maximum points from their 1-0 victory over Airdrieonians at Excelsior Stadium.After a goalless first half, the visitors broke the deadlock as Jordan Kirkpatrick picked out the top corner with his 14th goal of the season after 66 minutes.East Fife strengthened their play-off hopes as they moved up three places to third - level on 46 points alongside Brechin, Airdrieonians and Queen's Park - after a narrow 1-0 win over Albion at Cliftonhill.Chris Duggan set up Jason Kerr just after the hour mark and he made no mistake, firing the ball into the bottom-left corner, but Duggan then saw red as he was shown his second yellow card for alleged diving with seven minutes remaining.Oli Shaw's 12th-minute winner kept Stenhousemuir in with a shout of the relegation play-off spot as the basement boys completed a narrow 1-0 home victory over second-bottom Peterhead.Brechin moved into the last play-off spot after they were held to a goalless draw against eighth-placed Stranraer at Glebe Park.
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          Alloa secure promotion play-off spot with win over Brechin

          Alloa secured themselves a promotion play-off place in Ladbrokes League One with a 6-1 mauling of Brechin as rivals Airdrie suffered a surprise defeat at lowly Stranraer.Greig Spence and Iain Flannigan both scored braces for Alloa with Stefan McCluskey and Jason Marr also on the scoresheet for the Wasps who, having failed to win in their previous three matches, recorded their biggest league victory in five years.Brechin had actually taken a 23rd-minute lead through Andrew Jackson but their hopes all but vanished when goalkeeper Graeme Smith was sent off in the 63rd minute after conceding a penalty, which Spence scored from to make it 4-1.With Airdrie going down 2-1 at Stranraer, Alloa are now certain to finish in second spot after moving 10 points clear of third place with three games left.Strikes from Mark McGuigan and Kyle Turner put Stranraer in charge at Stair Park and Airdrie could only pull one goal back through Andy Ryan with 18 minutes left.Also taking advantage of Airdrie's loss were Queen's Park, who moved up to third on goal difference with a 2-0 home victory over Albion Rovers.Ewan MacPherson opened the scoring in the 41st minute and David Galt added the second just moments into the second half.Champions Livingston recorded an expected victory at Stenhousemuir, although they only managed to beat the league's bottom club by the narrowest of margins.Liam Buchanan, the division's leading scorer, netted the only goal of the game in the 54th minute as Championship-bound Livingston recorded their sixth successive victory.In Saturday's other game, second-bottom Peterhead returned from East Fife with a 2-1 triumph. Craig Reid netted a 55th-minute winner after home defender Jason Kerr had cancelled out James Redman's opener.
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          2023-24 SCO 1 Table

          TeamGPWDLGDP
          Falkirk241950+4762
          Hamilton Academical241464+3048
          Alloa Athletic241158-238
          Montrose251069+236
          Cove Rangers24978+234
          Kelty Hearts24879-431
          Queen of the South258512-629
          Stirling Albion247512-1526
          Annan Athletic255713-1522
          Edinburgh City252518-395

          2023-24 Team Leaders

          Scottish League One

          Rankings

          Scottish League One

          Goal Difference
          -2
          5th
          Goals Scored
          35
          Tied-5th
          Assists
          21
          Tied-7th
          Goals Conceded
          37
          Tied-3rd