Bairns take the 2013-14 Stirlingshire Cup

Rory Loy
Rory Loy

Falkirk lifted the Stirlingshire Cup with goals from strike duo Rory Loy and Scott Shepherd.

Finding the net either side of the break was enough to give Peter Houston’s side a comfortable victory against an Albion side which wilted towards the end after an energy-sapping weekend game with Hibernian.

The first half-hour though, was not up to standard according to the manager. Defensive frailities for Falkirk saw them concede a corner on 15 minutes when Liam Dick’s backpass was missed by Graham Bowman and spun out for a corner. Luke Leahy mopped up the set-piece but, two yards from goal, turned towards his own net before knocking out for another set-play.

Blair Munn clipped an interesting ball over the top that Sandy Cunningham almost met but it was picked off his head by Graham Bowman as Stirling again threatened the backline of Liam Rowan, Liam Dick, Ryan McGeever and captain for the evening Will Vaulks.

Rory Loy stung the palms of Greig Paterson from the edge of the box on 25 minutes and Shepherd was just shy of the rebound. The Bairns went even closer ten minutes later when Rory loy hit the by-line and using Shepherd as a decoy clipped to the oncoming Alston, but the powerful shot was defelcted wide by Paterson.

Roles reversed the next minute but Loy pulled his shot wide after a clever release from the midfielder.

Loy did eventually find the net, on 42 minutes when Alex Cooper battled Lee Hamilton for possession and played in Loy who took his time to calmly lift the ball into the top corner for the half-time lead.

The other side of the interval Falkirk doubled their lead when Scott Shepherd headed in from close range.

That was it in terms of scoring and the Bairns cruised to victory, keeping the ball safe.

Peter Houston knew it too and withdrew Rory Loy to insure the striker is ready for the weekend’s match with East Stirlingshire before Will Vaulks was handed the historic silverware.

Bizarrely, Stirling will contest the first round of this season’s competition next week at Stenhousemuir.