May 20 2012 By Advertiser Reporter
IRN-BRU SECOND DIVISION
ALBION ROVERS 3
(Aggregate 3-3. Rovers won 5-3 on penalties)
PAUL MARTIN has resigned as Albion Rovers manager after their thrilling play-off final victory over Stranraer.
The Coatbridge men ensured another season of Irn-Bru Second Division football by defeating the Blues on penalties at Cliftonhill.
The sides were level at the end of extra-time at Cliftonhill but Rovers held their nerve in the spot-kick lottery.
Immediately after the game, it was confirmed that Martin would be standing down as boss with Todd Lumsden taking over the role.
Martin suffered from a virus earlier this year which saw him step back from the running of first-team affairs.
But he revealed he has not fully recovered from the illness and is resigning for health reasons.
He said: "I feel as though i have done my job. It is sad I have got to go but it is the right thing to do.
"I have spoke to my family and friends and come to the decision that I need time to get myself better."
Rovers chairman Frank Meade added: "Paul brought the club to a new level and I will be sorry to see him go.
"It is important he takes some time to get back to full health. He is still suffering a bit."
Rovers took a 2-0 lead through Scott Chaplain and Robert Love but Martin Grehan pulled one back for Stranraer.
In the 33rd minute, Chaplain converted a penalty and, with no further scoring, spot-kicks would decide both teams' fate.
Ciaran Donnelly buried the winning penalty in the shoot-out to spark scenes of delight among the Rovers faithful.
Lumsden can now look forward to taking charge of a Second Division side next term.
Albion Rovers: Gaston; Reid, Donnelly, O'Byrne, Boyle (Russell 45); Stevenson, Ferry (Werndly 15); Canning, Chaplain (McStay 60), Love; Acquah.
Subs not used: Pierce, Fahey(gk).
Booked: Reid, McStay.
Stranraer: Mitchell; Taggart, McGregor, McKeown, Noble; Winter (Borris 62), Aitken, Stirling, Gallagher (McColm 111); Malcolm (Moore 70), Grehan.
Subs not used: Belkouche, Marshall(gk).
Booked: Noble, Moore.
Referee: Brian Winter.