Gallant Duns lose to Stirling in cup final

Stirling University v Duns in the South Challenge Cup final at Netherdale
Stirling University v Duns in the South Challenge Cup final at Netherdale

DUNS 2, STIRLING UNIVERSITY 4: Duns lost to Stirling University in a thrilling South Challenge Cup final at Netherdale, but can be proud of their performance. The First Division side took the lead twice to unsettle their Premier Division opponents. Stirling, however, bounced back to equalise both times and scored two late goals to seal victory. Both teams missed a penalty in the first half.

Neil Oliver’s men made the better start and took the lead after five minutes when goalkeeper Kevin Walker could only parry a Douglas shot as far as Mark Weatherburn, who tapped in with ease.

Stirling University v Duns in the South Challenge Cup final at Netherdale

Stirling University v Duns in the South Challenge Cup final at Netherdale

When a controversial Duns penalty was then awarded one minute after Stirling’s Chris Geddes had missed from the spot it looked it would be the Dingers’ day, but James Robertson’s effort was well saved by Walker near the left post.

Stirling then grabbed an equaliser before the break, Chris Geddes redeeming his penalty miss with a skilful half-volley just inside the box.

Duns were awarded the third penalty of the match early in the second half when Jack Nixon was judged to have brought down Des Chrisholm. It was who Chisholm stepped up to show how a penalty should be taken and slotted it powerfully into the bottom left corner.

But Stirling soon equalised though substitute Liam Corr, who netted from long range with just his second touch of the game.

Stirling University captain lifts the South Challenge Cup  after beating Duns 4-2 in the final

Stirling University captain lifts the South Challenge Cup after beating Duns 4-2 in the final

Corr then turned provider as he crossed for Craig Mason, who headed Stirling in front, and when Chris Geddes scored late on from close range he sealed the trophy.

Duns goalkeeper Scott Lumsden made a brave diving save at a striker’s feet to deny Stirling a fifth, but the students had already done enough to lift the trophy.

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Duns: Lumsden, Renton, Stewart, McHoul, Brydon, Keenan, Waddell, Douglas, Weatherburn, Robertson, D Chisholm. Subs: Burns, B Chisholm, Spoor, Lee, Dixon.

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Stirling University: Walker, Nixon, Sheridan, Atkins, Drummond, Robertson, Dines, Pearson, Geddes, Mason, Denholm. Subs: McCaffrey, Corr, Sludden, Pentland, McCulloch.