Brave Warriors lose out to Daly goal

Stenhousemuir sub Brown Ferguson is denied by Cammy Bell (Picture: Gary Hutchison)

Stenhousemuir sub Brown Ferguson is denied by Cammy Bell (Picture: Gary Hutchison)

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Stenhousemuir finally succumbed to Rangers in the semi-final of the Ranmsdens Cup but can hold their heads high.

After an 8-0 mauling at Ibrox earlier in the season, the Warriors were obviously determined to keep it tight from the start at Ochilview.

And, after a surviving a Rangers onslaught in the first 10 minutes, they managed to get a foothold in the game and started to threaten themselves.

Despite the visitors hitting the bar twice, ’Muir reached the break on level terms and took the game to Ally McCoist’s side in the second half.

And they should have opened the scoring just after the hour but Ross Smith somehow squeezed the ball past the post when presented with an open goal after a great move down the left.

It seemed inevitable that they would be punished for the miss and so it proved after 75 minutes when Chris Smith misjudged a cross allowing Jon Daly to head into an empty net.

The man-of-the-match award went to Rangers midfielder Nicky Law but Ross McMillan was a standout for the Warriors, winning everything in the air.

Stenhousemuir: Chris Smith, Devlin, Malone, McMillan, McKinlay, Rowson, Hodge (Ferguson 14), Dickson, Lynch, Darren Smith, Higgins (Douglas 84). Subs (not used): McNeil, Ross Smith, Shaw.

Rangers: Bell, Foster, McCulloch, Mohsni, Wallace, Peralta (Templeton 66), Black, Law, Macleod, Clark (Little 74), Daly. Subs (not used): Simonsen, Hutton, Faure.