Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie between local rivals Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC had more twists n turns than the meandering River Forth that defines the landscape of the Forth Valley.
In a footballing sense, the landscape of this local rivalry had Championship side Falkirk FC marked as firm favourites to run over their smaller League One neighbours when the eagerly anticipated match fixture rolled into town on Saturday.
A bumper crowd of just under 2000 fans packed into Stenhousemuir FC’s Ochilview Stadium with around 1500 in the away end anticipating a cracker of a cup tie.
It turned out to be the fairytale outcome for Stenhousemuir FC as the Warriors triumphed 4-2 to complete one of the biggest upset’s of this years Scottish Cup competition.
The celebrations lasted long into the night and gave interim manager, Colin McMenamin, his first victory since taking over the team following the departure of Brown Ferguson two weeks prior.
It was also a day to remember for SFGK’s David Binnie, who is the First Team Goalkeeping Coach at Stenhousemuir FC. He added: “It turned out to be an absolutely fantastic day for everyone at Stenhousemuir FC. It’s been a very tough few weeks with the changes around the place and I think we all had something to prove going into this match against our local rivals. Giving the whole place a lift was a priority and I thought the players were absolutely outstanding against a good Championship team. We played some terrific stuff, scored some wonderful goals and deservedly won on the day. The atmosphere was electric and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the stadium so packed.”
MATCH FOOTAGE – FALKIRK FC TV (YOUTUBE)