Stirling University left the Pennypit with their second 2-0 cup win this season – this time in the South Challenge Cup, with two late strikes against ten-man Preston.
The strong wind played havoc as both sides struggled in the first period. The best move of the game came on the half-hour as a perfectly weighted pass by Preston’s Michael Osbourne released Sean Martin and the striker raced free and rounded the keeper Ryan Marshall, only to be clipped on the way past. Somehow, the keeper was only shown a yellow card and dusted himself down to push Martin’s penalty out for a corner.
The game turned on 70 minutes as Preston’s Liam Todd received two yellow cards within a minute.
Stirling took advantage as Jeff Kessie’s strike and Khan Williams prod settled it.
Preston Athletic: Pennycuick, L Todd, Bruce, Gibson, Ramsay, Cairney, Roy, Devlin, Martin, Osbourne, Henderson. Subs: Gilbertson, Foster, Scott, Strachan, Stewart.
Stirling: Marshall, Burns, Sutherland, Drummond, Docherty, Jones, Crooks, Geddes, Gillen, Kelly, Cuff. Subs: Kessire, Leigh, Williams, Hughes.