Alloa 1 Stenhousemuir 3: Warriors in final

Stenhousemuir manager Scott Booth. Pic: Alan Murray

Stenhousemuir manager Scott Booth. Pic: Alan Murray

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Stenhousemuir progressed to the final of the Stirlingshire Cup with a 3-1 victory over Alloa Athletic at the Recs on Monday night.

The Warriors fielded a more experienced team than their counterparts as although most qualified for the under 20 development squad only James Redpath of the starting line up had not been in a first team squad this season. .

It was the home side though that created the better openings despite Stenhousemuir having most of the play and Dean Shaw made a fine save from Eddie Ferns but he was helpless when Alloa took the lead in the 30th minute when Stewart Greacen who was the senior player on the park at the start of the game had a fresh air swipe at a cross ball and Paul Carrick had time to place the ball into the net.

The Warriors best chance had came two minutes earlier when a Josh Watt effort struck the post before hitting the keeper Mikey Couser on the back of the head but didn’t have the momentum to cross the line.

They did eventually draw level just before the break when an overlapping run by Kris Faulds saw the midfielder pick out Jamie Reid who fired home from 12 yards. This was just reward for a decent first half performance when the team passed the ball around with purpose with everyone getting involved.

Stenhousemuir took the lead in the 58th minute when Alan Lawson scored with a finely placed header from a Josh Watt corner. Although Stenhousemuir had other chances before the end it was almost the last kick of the ball before they put the result beyond doubt when Ryan Millar hit a screamer into the net to give a fitting end to the game.