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League 1 wrap: Pars leave it late to beat Stirling, Brechin leapfrog Morton

A review of all five matches from Saturday's Scottish League 1 action.

Scottish League 1
SNS Group

Two goals in the last 10 minutes from Shaun Byrne and Faissal El Bakhtaoui gave Dunfermline a 2-0 victory away at struggling Stirling.

The strikes were just reward for the Pars' second-half dominance, after Albion had held their own in a first half of few clear-cut chances.

Gozie Ugwu wasted the best chance of the game in the second half when he headed over as Dunfermline searched for a fifth win in six league games.

But they had to wait until the 80th minute for Byrne to finally put them in the lead with a low strike from the right-hand side of the area.

Stirling's Craig Wedderburn then saw red for two bookable offences, before substitute El Bakhtaoui hammered home from inside the area deep into stoppage time to seal the points.

Brechin leapfrogged Morton and climbed into the top four thanks to a commanding 3-1 victory over their League One rivals at Glebe Park.

Alan Trouten also joined Morton's Declan McManus at the top of the goalscoring charts, converting the 11th-minute penalty that put them in front after Sean Crighton was adjudged to have handballed in the area.

Robert Thomson doubled Brechin's advantage from Colin Hamilton's pass following a set-piece in the 33rd minute, leaving Morton with a mountain to climb in the second half.

Any hope of a comeback was ended in the 62nd minute when Kyle McAusland received Bobby Barr's pass with a supreme first touch and added a third goal.

Morton at least managed a consolation goal seven minutes later when Ricki Lamie set up Tommy O'Ware but Brechin held on comfortably.

A last-minute equaliser from Colin McMenamin rescued a point for Stenhousemuir as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Stranraer.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first half when prolific marksman Jamie Longworth fired home from inside the six-yard box for his fourth goal in as many games.

They were pegged back by the Warriors in the second half, when substitute McMenamin capitalised on a poor backpass for his first league goal of the season.

Stranraer thought they had nabbed the victory in the 76th minute through midfielder Sean Winter, who converted coolly from inside the penalty area after receiving a pass from Craig Malcolm.

But the hosts pressed for an equaliser and it arrived deep into stoppage time when McMenamin lashed in from close range.

Gavin Swankie completed Forfar's comeback in the last minute as they came from behind to beat Airdrieonians 2-1 at Station Park.

The forward connected expertly with Omar Kader's cross to head home 11 seconds into injury time, just as the match seemed to be ebbing towards a hard-fought draw.

The hosts had started the brighter. James Lister connected with a Scott Gray centre in the 21st minute to head Airdrie in front from close range.

Headed goals were the order of the day as Forfar levelled midway through the second period. Jim Paterson curled in a wicked ball for Dale Hilson to convert from the edge of the box.

Both sides exchanged chances to win it before Swankie delivered the crucial intervention in the dying seconds.

Peterhead did the damage in the space of six minutes midway through the second half as they saw off third-placed Ayr 2-0 at Balmoor.

There wasn't too much to excite The Blue Toon faithful in the first period, but affairs livened up after the interval when Jamie Stevenson fired Peterhead in front in the 56th minute.

Rory McAllister was the architect with a clever pass to the midfielder, who found the bottom-left corner.

Peterhead struck again shortly after when Ryan Strachan drove the ball past Davie Hutton following a fine pass by McAllister.

Having been competitive up to the first goal, Ayr floundered under the two-goal deficit and Peterhead cruised to victory.

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