Tuesday night saw the visit of Dundee United’s B team to Ochilview as the Warriors kicked off their SPFL Trust Trophy campaign.
The visitors team was full of exciting young talent, including several faces who are currently on loan at Championship clubs and they nearly took a very early lead after a cut back fell to Walker inside the box but his effort was tipped over the bar well by Wilson.
The Warriors were next to come close to getting the opener in the 26th minute as O’Reilley broke at pace down the right hand side. His cross picked out Tierney just outside the 6 yard box, however he will be disappointed with his effort which went straight into the arms of the keeper.
Despite this, we did get the breakthrough on 30 minutes when during the second phase of a freekick, the ball fell to Orr inside the box. He played it low and hard across goal, where after a ricochet, the ball fell to Jamieson who made no mistake with the finish.
The Warriors were now well on top and grabbed a second in the 36th minute. Orr played a switch out to Christie on the right who then played it to the overlapping Ross Lyon, who’s deep cross was knocked back across goal where Tierney was waiting to tap over the line.
The half got worse for United just before the break as Orr was played through on goal and was then consequently tripped by Hutchinson. The Youngster was then shown a red card by the referee, leaving the visitors with a mountain to climb.
The Warriors remained on top going into the second half, playing some good football but without really creating any major chances. United did also show an occasional threat on the counter attack.
The game was over as a contest after 77 minutes as Cammy Graham produced a goal of the season contender to make it 3-0. He picked the ball up on the right hand side, before stepping inside and curling a left footed effort into the far top hand corner of the net.
United, to their credit, refused to crumble and created several chances late on. Craig Reid cleared off the line with his head excellently at one point to preserve the clean sheet.
Overall it was a really positive performance from the boys, which sees us progress to play Cove Rangers in the next round of the cup and sets us up nicely for our league encounter with Edinburgh.
Stenhousemuir: Wilson, Jamieson, Craig, R. Lyon, Reid, Christie, Anderson, O’Reilly, Hughes, Tierney, Orr
Substitutes: Marshall, Coll, Thomson, Brown, Lyon, Crighton, Wedderburn, Graham
Dundee United B: Newman, Freeman, Hutchinson, Cooney, Duffy, Caves, Mochrie, Neilson, Walker, Watson, Fotheringham
Substitutes: Adams, Mwangi, Comerford, Bisland, Brown, Heenan
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