As the game stretched deep into stoppage time, Kalau was afforded far too much time and space to slot the ball past the stranded Brad Eiffe in the Floreat goal, cancelling out Adrian Caceres’ 78th-minute strike and breaking Athena hearts.
Prior to kick-off, Stirling were boosted by the news that former Perth Glory defender Andy Todd had signed from Armadale before the transfer deadline, going straight into coach Doug Hesketh’s starting 11 for the day’s game.
But Todd and his fellow defenders were little more than spectators during the game’s early stages with the ball spending most of the time in Stirling’s forward line.
The result keeps Floreat just inside the league’s top five and sets up a mouth-watering encounter between second-placed Stirling and league-leading Bayswater City at Macedonia Park this Saturday, kick off at 3pm.
Stirling had a tight 1-0 win in the 18s while the Reserves game was also won by the Lions 3-0 thanks to 2 goals from Michael De Lima.