The club is appealing for a final few volunteers to help out at Friday’s Betfred Cup game against Rangers at Ochilview.
The hard work of preparing for the new season continued after the full-time whistle blew on Saturday’s 5-0 friendly win over East Region Junior Superleague team Penicuik Athletic.
Shire warmed up for the start of the Betfred
Cup in fine style with a 5-0 win at East
Junior Superleague team Penicuik Athletic.
A dominant first half display had John Sludden’s men 3-0 up at the interval, and although the inevitable string of substitutions took the edge off that in the second period, the team capped a productive afternoon with two more late goals.
The coaches sent out a strong starting eleven although they were still without the holidaying Paul Sludden and new signing Scot Buist.
Nevertheless, Shire made a great start and after just two minutes David Grant went round the home keeper but his shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line.
Three minutes later Connor Greene’s ball into the box was controlled by Gavin McMillan but his effort went across the face of goal and wide.
Just after the quarter hour David Grant found the space for a shot from inside the penalty box D but his effort was well-saved by Bauld in the Penicuik Athletic goal.
Grant wasn’t going to be denied, though, and a minute later he latched onto a ball flighted in behind the home defence and although he didn’t connect properly his touch was enough to send the ball into the back of the net.
After 25 minutes Grant wriggled free of the attentions of the home defence and tried to beat Bauld with a powerful shot at the keeper’s near post but the ball hit the side netting.
The home team did start to come more into the game and on 27 minutes Penicuik’s trialist number nine had Shire keeper Darren Dolan diving low to his left to make a stop. Derek Ure and Graeme MacGregor both tied their luck from long-range with powerful shots but each narrowly missed their target as Shire kept up a brisk pace.
Eight minutes from the break Jamie Glasgow doubled the lead with a cracking goal, firing home from the edge of the box after some good build-up play.
David Grant then forced Bald to make another fine save, this time at his near post but he wasn’t to be denied after 43 minutes when he found himself all along inside the box with only the keeper to beat and he made the interval lead 3-0.
Shire rung the changes at the interval introducing keeper Dean Shaw, Kris Faulds and a trialist, whilst along making several tactical alterations.
That took the sting out of the game a bit and the home team, who made a number of changes of their own, started to come more into matters.
Shaw dealt with everything which came his way and the defenders in front of him did a good job of eliminating any danger before the Shire keeper even saw it.
In the closing quarter hour, with even more substitutes committed, Shire re-asserted their earlier dominance.
After 74 minutes Faulds came mightily close to making it 4-0 but saw his effort squirm just past the far post.
Five minutes later, though, the two second half trialists combined to find the back of the net; a low cross from the right being bundled over the line bravely from the six yard line despite the attentions of the keeper.
With six minutes left Glasgow was played clean through and beat Bald one-on-one for his second goal of the game and Shire’s fifth.
PENICUIK ATHLETIC : Bald, Sproule, Fobes, Callaghan, Young, Janczyk, Hume, Devlin, Trialist, McCallum, Lough.
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