Shire 2 Stenhousemuir 3: Warriors progress

Stenhousemuir players applaud the fans after their 2-3 win over East Stirlingshire.
Stenhousemuir players applaud the fans after their 2-3 win over East Stirlingshire.

Despite the Shire tenanting Ochilview as guests of Stenny, this was the first time the clubs had met in over six years.

They did not let their respective fans down in this Petrofac Cup first round tie and both went for it from the start.

The Warriors had the better of the chances though, and Alan Cook was desperately unlucky to see his searing 30 yarder almost break the crossbar and rattle back into play Stephen Stirling also brought out a magnificent save from Richie Barnard shortly after Jamie Barclay had done something similar at the other end from Shire’s Michael Wallace.

With 30 minutes on the clock, however, Shire took the lead. Kyle Carruthers sent in a free-kick from the right and Reece Donaldson controlled with his back to goal 12 yards out before sending an overhead kick inside Barclay’s right hand post.

Stenny took only five minutes to level though, Stephen Stirling giving Barnard no chance from 12 yards after his first effort was blocked. Right on half time the Warriors edged into the lead when Stirling notched a debut double, directing a Ross Meechan shot out of the reach of the despairing Barnard.

Shire started the second period brightly, but were caught napping when Colin McMenamin hit a third just before the hour mark and although the second Division outfit pulled on back through David McKenna 13 minutes from time, the Warriors held on to secure their place in the second round draw (this afternoon).