Raith Rovers and Stirling Albion will go into Saturday's second leg of the First Division play-off all square.
Steven Bell fired wide, David O'Brien struck the post and David Bingham fired over with the goal gaping as Stirling dominated the first half.
Denis McLaughlin beat the offside trap but failed to capitalise and a Richard Campbell effort went wide as Rovers improved after the break.
Goalkeepers Chris Fahey and Myles Hogarth had good late saves.
Rovers' Fahey denied Stewart Devine a late winner and Hogarth blocked John Neil's long-range effort.
It meant there is all to play for at Forthbank Stadium on Saturday after a tense but absorbing goalless draw.
Raith: Fahey, Campbell, Andrews, Lumsden, Wilson, Ian Davidson (Bonar 71), Neill, Silvestro, Fotheringham, McManus, McLauchlim (Hislop 64).
Subs Not Used: Fairbairn, Pelosi, Currie.
Stirling: Hogarth, Hay, McNally, Nugent, Forsyth, Bell (Fraser 86), Aitken, Devine, O'Brien, Cramb, Bingham (Snodgrass 68).
Subs Not Used: Marek Tomana, Taggart, Christie.
Ref: D Somers