Stenhousemuir 6 Stirling Albion 0: Warriors atone for Brora defeat

PJ Sludden hit a hat-trick at Ochilview
PJ Sludden hit a hat-trick at Ochilview

The Warriors dispatched a young Albion side from the Stirlingshire Cup at Ochilview on Tuesday night when a Paul Jon Sludden hat-trick was the highlight.

Stenny forced the game from the start and the only surprise was that it took them ten minutes to open the scoring.

With seemingly nothing on, former Falkirk player Sludden with his back to goal 28 yards out, hooked over the badly positioned Callum Reidford and into the net.

The home team spurned numerous chances before putting the game to bed before the break.

Alan Lawson took advantage of a Callum Reidford fumble to bundle the loose ball home in 36 minutes and Kyle Docherty added a third two minutes later.

Sludden hit his second and his team’s fourth on the stroke of half-time, before ramming home his treble from 16 yards with 56 minutes on the clock.

The match was drifting towards conclusion when Stirling’s William Robertson saw red for a nasty tackle on Stewart Greacen, having already been yellow carded for something similar on Alan Lawson, but Greacen had the last laugh by completing the rout with a header for the sixth three minutes from time.