|29th January 2017||15:00||Ferrari Packaging Lowland League||2016-17|
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|The Spartans FC||2||2||4||Win|
SHIRE 1 SPARTANS 4
Visitors Spartans inflicted Shire’s first home league defeat of the Lowland League season after falling behind to an early Jamie Glasgow goal.
Former Shire skipper Chris Townslry brought the scores level on the half hour and, on the stroke of half-time, Ross Allum put Spartans in front.
The visitors went further in front through Townsley and Shire then had Paul Sludden sent-off, and although John Sludden’s team did come back into things Allum added a fourth goal two minutes from the end.
The Shire coach made just one change from the team which beat Edinburgh University, bringing back skipper Derek Ure after suspension in place of Liam Allison and they started the game strongly.
Just a couple of minutes in Jamie Glasgow tried a first-time effort from the edge of the box but his shot flew over the target. However, after six minutes Andy Rodgers tried to curl a shot in at the far post and the ball just drifted narrowly wide.
The pressure paid off after 13 minutes when Spartans got themselves in a fankle trying to clear a corner kick. Kris Faulds won the ball back on the edge of the penalty box and Glasgow sent a superb shot past the Spartans keeper.
But Shire could not build on the advantage. Scott Maxwell sent an attempted lob just over the Shire bar and then Townsley was left unmarked at the back post but headed over the crossbar.
After 29 minutes Shire were caught napping by a quickly-taken Spartans free-kick which gave Jamie Dishington all the time and space he required to send over a cross from the right which was headed perfectly into the back of the net by Townsley for the equalising goal.
Shire were forced into a response. First Sludden sent a shot just over the bar then Ure’s effort had Carswell in the Spartans goal scrambling to make a diving save.
Three minutes before the break Dishington bore in on the Shire goal but he slammed his shot from a tight angle into the side net.
Glasgow had a shot from just outside the box go wide as the half drew to a close but just seconds before the referee blew his whistle to bring the period to a conclusion Allum nipped in past two Shire defenders to send Dishington’s right-wing cross past Jamie Barclay for a goal.
At the start of the second period there could have been more trouble for Shire but David Greenhill’s effort was palmed away to safety by a sprawling Barclay save.
However, after 60 minutes Shire should have drawn level after David Grant got a clear sight of goal but his effort, from the tight angle, went across the face of goal and shaved the outside of the far post.
The significance of the miss was underlined just 63 seconds later when Townsley rose unmarked at the back post to send a powerful header from a corner into the net for Spartans third goal.
Shire’s cause wasn’t helped a few minutes later when Paul Sludden was shown a straight red card and three minutes after that Allum saw his powerful shot hit the inside of the post and the rebound was fired wide of an empty net by Alan Brown.
But the home team recovered and Spartans had keeper Carswell to thank for preserving their lead by making three brilliant saves from long-range efforts by Glasgow, Rodgers and skipper Derek Ure.
With two minutes left Shire failed to clear a corner properly and Allum took advantage to hit Spartans’ fourth goal.
SHIRE : Barclay, MacGregor, Ramsay, Greene, D.Grant, Faulds, Rodgers, Ure, D.Grant, Sludden, Glasgow(Allison 77).
|East Stirlingshire Home Ground|
|55 Gladstone Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5, UK|