Stirling Univ 1-3 Duns

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Duns travelled to Premier team Stirling University with a thread-bare team.

With family, holiday and work commitments, manager Carl Hudson had only 12 players to choose from in this final qualifying League Cup game.

Duns cause wasn’t helped when after only three minutes an accidental collision between Weatherburn and Robinson left Weatherburn with suspected concussion.

Fortunately, Hudson had utility player Kieren Lee to replace Weatherburn.

The students came out the blocks very quickly and pressed Duns back. Mason in the Duns goal made two great saves in the opening ten minutes to keep the Dingers in the game,but after a slight re-shuffle Duns gradually began to get a foothold in the game with the front two of Shennan and Robinson looking dangerous and indeed it was Shennan who opened the scoring after Walker was tripped in the area and Shennan netted from the penalty spot.

Stewart and Robinson then combined for walker to double the lead before half-time.

Stirling pulled a goal back just two minutes after the re-start,but this didn’t seem to fluster the Duns players, who were spurred on and Shennan broke through the home defence and fired the visitors into a 3-1 lead. Shennan might have gone on to complete his hat-trick but was denied by the Stirling post.

Duns: Mason, Sherry, McHoul, Renton, Ainslie, Weatherburn, McGregor, Stewart, Walker, Shennan, Robinson.