The loss of early goal cost the Shire dear last term and on the evidence of Tuesday night at Ochilview, it appears they have failed to learn the lesson.
There was only 50 seconds on the clock when Salim Kouider Aissa was allowed to gather the ball unchallenged in the box and the striker took full advantage by drilling past Grant Hay for the opener.
Manager John Coughlan must have been tearing his hair out, but he would surely have been cheered ten minutes later when new signing from Elgin City, Ross O’Donoghue, tested Chris Smith with a cracker from 25 yards that the Warriors keeper was relieved to grab just under the bar
Shire went on to have their fair share of possession, but it was ‘Muir that looked more dangerous at the sharp end and with 18 minutes played John Gemmel smashed a short free-kick off the bar.
Gemmell was not to be denied though and doubled home advantage in 23 minutes, ramming high into the net from 12 yards after swivelling on receiving from Nicky Devlin.
O’Donoghue looks to be a decent addition to the Shire squad, but he will be annoyed with himself for not doing better in the 34th minute.
With only Smith to beat after springing the offside trap, the midfielder could only hit straight at the minder who blocked with his feet.
Ross Brash was unable to resume after the break suffering from dehydration due to the oppressive heat and was in such distress that he was taken to hospital for treatment.
Martyn Corrigan’s men might have added to the scoreline on the hour mark when Trialist centre RossMcNeil forced through into the box. The striker’s shot was fierce, but Hay did well to cut the angle and block.
The third was only delayed nine minutes and it was a beauty, Gemmell blasting a scissor kick home off Darren Smith’s delivery from 14 yards.
The Shire had seldom looked like scoring up to this point, but sparked into life and two minutes later pulled one back, Kevin Turner side-footing into the net after the Trialist right back had made a great run down the right flank before sliding the ball in front of Turner at the near post.
That was that in terms of scoring, but both teams will be able to take positives from the match and it was a really enjoyable spectacle for the 300 or so that attended.
Warriors boss Martyn Corrigan is happy the way pre-season has gone to date.
“The results are of no consequence at this stage,” he told Heraldsport.
“We have been fielding virtually two different teams in both halves of these friendlies and its given the whole squad game time.”