Caledonian Braves vs East Stirlingshire
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Caledonian Braves vs East Stirlingshire

L 0 - 1

Following a 0-0 draw against The University of Stirling last week, we were unable to follow up with another result this weekend, when we succumbed to a 0-1 loss against East Stirlingshire.

A close affair, the game was ultimately settled by a Callum Murray goal in the 67th minute following a mistake at the back.

Coming into the game, Aiden Clocherty and Cammy Breadner were our two changes, both lining up on the right flank. And it was the latter, who was our danger man in the early exchanges.

Our best chance of the half would come from a corner delivered by Breadner, which was knocked down by Daniel Martins for Ross McNeil. From close range, the marksman fired off a powerful effort which was incredibly saved at close range by Ollie Ecrepont.

The Ayr United loanee proved to be too strong in the Shire goal, when he also kept out a low drive from Breadner with an outstreched arm.

Our visitors didn't create a host of chances in the first half, however a big chance would come when a central defender found space in the box from a corner, but could only fire his header over from point blank range.

Bernie White would also make a big save, when Tony Coutts fired a powerful strike from 7 yards out. The American flew across his goal impressively and pushed away from a comfortable height.

Both teams would've been keen to improve in the second half, however it was Pat Scullion's side who ultimately took the lead with 67 minutes on the clock.

Daniel Martins picked up the ball in his box and tried to take on his man, but was dispossed in a dangerous area. Callum Murray picked up the ball and smashed home from close range, to give his side the lead.

Little action would follow in the remaining 25 minutes, although McNeil would once again have a great chance to level. Clocherty looped a long ball over the top for the striker to run onto, however his vollied effort was saved well by Ecrepont who swept out towards the edge of his box to save with his outstreched arms.

Ultimately, it would prove to be a frustating afternoon for the Braves who remain in 13th. We'll be back to travel to 12th place Berwick Rangers on Saturday afternoon.