It was Blantyre who performed better on the day as they beat Dunblane SC 4-2 to win the SYFA Central Region Cup on a sunny day at Stenhousemuir. Their perseverance against a tough Dunblane side was shown as they came up against a clinical striker in Ross McGowan.
Connor Gaffney, Aidan Tierney, Dominic Piwowar and Daryll Ballantyne scored for Blantyre In what was a dominant showing with Ross McGowan scoring both of Dunblane’s goals as he tried to keep his side in the tie.
Blantyre scored after 4 minutes through a corner. The first corner take saw Ballantyne’s shot fly wide but when the second corner was swung in by Peter Copland it was headed in from 4 yards by Connor Gaffney.
Ross McGowan was starting to have an influence on the game for Dunblane as he shot over the bar after 8 minutes. His first goal and Dunblane’s equaliser came on 22 minutes as Alexander Clelland’s cross found the run of McGowan with his headed effort flying into the net.
McGowan nearly scored again on 32 minutes when his shot from the edge of the box was just wide of the right post with his weaker foot.