Stenhousemuir too strong for Locos

Colony Locos keeper Matthew Douglas tips a dangerous ball over the bar.
Colony Locos keeper Matthew Douglas tips a dangerous ball over the bar.

The third round of the Scottish Cup saw Colony Locos facing Stenhousemuir.

With suspensions and players just returning from holiday preparation for the match wasn’t great against a team which had been formed from two of last years best Central Division teams.

The visitors were on top from the start and with keeper Tristan Ross sidelined for the remainder of the season following a leg break earlier in the week, stand-in Matthew Douglas found himself and his defence under pressure early on.

The keeper and the defence had some desperate moments in the first twenty minutes and Colony could only muster one attack which saw Joe Burr hit the side netting. Stenhousemuir hit the post twice and Douglas blocked several efforts and had a cross come shot to be tipped over the bar to keep the score all square.

With less than five minutes on the clock good build up play led to an easy tap home for the visiting striker. They doubled their advantage minutes later with the defence being split through good build up play and a third effectively finished the game as a contest.

Colony pulled a goal back, Chris HAY with an excellent acrobatic finish following good work down the right from Kyle Gordon. Any hope however, this was short lived as Stenhousemuir killed the tie, a substitute striker with a low, dipping shot from 
outside the box.

The away side added insult to injury in the final minutes of the game when a Stenny forward scored with a back heel at the far post.

A difficult day for Colony Locos and afterwards their manager Alan Gordon was quick to praise the opposition, “All of the Stenny side were 18 while we had only three 18-year olds on the Park so it was always going to be tough, added to that the players mostly came from last years two top sides in their League, Bonnybridge and Larbert.

“They were a very well organised side playing with lots of confidence and had us under pressure from the start. Having said that we know we can play better than we did but we have a young side and hopefully they will learn f
rom this.”