Falkirk’s silverware

Steins Thistle had no answer to Falkirk Amateurs as they dominated the East of Scotland Amateur Cup final.

Falkirk were a goal ahead within the first minute as Alan Scott drifted past two defenders and Stephen Hutchison fired the ball behind Steins’ Steven Stewart.

The pattern continued and man of the match Robert Swan, who had flicked on for the opener, provided a delightful diagonal pass behind the Stein’s defence for the second on 17 minutes, allowing Gavin McPherson to stride forward and fire a low shot into the corner.

Ten minutes later it was 3-0 as a high ball forward was knocked down by Scott allowing Swan to fire an unstoppable shot high into the net from 15 yards.

In the first half Steins were rarely seen as an attacking force, though several darting runs from Ross Greenwell came to nothing.

Swan had another chance to add to the score before half time as he ran clear only to see his shot beat the keeper and hit the post.

Two substitutions at half time did little to improve Steins’ play and Falkirk were content sit back and allow Steins to retain possession.

With 63 minutes gone Falkirk made scoring look easy. Swan controlled a pass in midfield, and with three defenders around him he was able to evade several tackles before sliding in to Darren McGeouch who wasted no time in firing a low shot behind Stewart.

With ten minutes remaining Falkirk’s Stewart was called to his first real save as he blocked a Graeme Bennet effort at the edge of the six yard box.

With the game well into injury time sub Alan Storie got his name on the scoresheet from a tight angle.