ETHAN SUTHERLAND had his first taste of derby day as he featured in Alloa’s 1-0 win over Stirling Albion.

The on-loan St Mirren youngster made his second appearance for the club after making a strong debut against Annan Athletic the week before, an eventual 3-2 win for the Wasps.

Sutherland impressed on his debut, providing a wonderfully weighted ball into Bobby Wales, who went on to score Alloa’s equaliser.

The 17-year-old spoke with Advertiser Sport to discuss signing for the club and how he was pleased with his impact on his debut.

He said: “I’m happy to be getting out and getting some minutes.

“I’m happy to be playing, good to get out, the boys here are good and it’s something new.

“It’s always good to come into a club and get off to a good start.”

Sutherland has been employed down the left flank by St Mirren, but has been utilised at left back during his stint at Alloa so far.

Cover was needed for left back following a long-term injury to Euan Deveney and with Josh Debayo leaving to be closer to his family in England.

For the final 20 minutes of the match, Cammy O’Donnell was subbed on, allowing Sutherland to move higher up the pitch, where he states is his preferred position, but also said he looks to help the team in any way he can.

“I prefer higher up the pitch,” Sutherland added. “But if they need to put me left back, then I’ll do the best I can.

“[The derby] was tough but I did what I had to do.”