Long trip and long time for winners

After two hours of football and 160 miles away from home, Stenhousemuir summoned the resolve to see off Peterhead and continue their good start to the season.

However another factor of the early days of 2013/14 was again prevalent for the Warriors as Martyn Corrigan’s men were again shown a red card.

But this was another hard fought win for an unfamiliar Stenhousemuir side who showed the spirit and desire for victory despite a number of setbacks.

There is a worrying trend though for finishing the game a man short as they had a player sent off for the fourth time this season.

Nevertheless at the moment they will just be happy to progress to the third round and it would have certainly made the long journey home more bearable.

Keeper Chris Smith was helpless in the 23rd minute when the Blue Toon took the lead. David Cox took full advantage of lax marking and after what seemed an eternity clipped a curled effort into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Apart from a Sean Dickson run that was brought to a sudden end when he was chopped down and a John Gemmell shot that was comfortably saved there were few signs of the Warriors getting back into the game before half time.

Just after the restart the Warriors were forced into a change when Craig Anderson departed with a groin strain so once again the pack had to be shuffled, but the Warriors equalised in the 62nd minute with a goal out of the blue.

Cox hit a pass behind his own defence and John Gemmell intercepted before rounding the advancing keeper and tucking the ball into an empty net.

After this Stenhousemuir gradually began to exert more control in the game without really looking as if they would take the lead. It looked as if the next goal would be the winner and Peterhead had the best chance to do so in time added on.

Ross Smith tripped McLaren after he got behind the Stenhousemuir defence and Mat Northcroft duly awarded a penalty and sent Smith off as well.

Ryan Strachan took the spot kick hitting the ball low to the keeper’s left but Smith saved and prompted his team-mates to go upfield in extra time and score twice.

Warriors showed their mettle by taking the lead in the 93rd minute when a driven cross by John Gemmell was met by Darren Smith and on the counter attack the Warriors scored their third goal. Ross McNeil was the architect and finisher as he skipped by two defenders before rolling the ball past Smith and into the net.