Stirling University’s men’s football fourth team claimed the club bragging rights yesterday afternoon, as they edged out their club-mates and fifth team counterparts in the opening BUCS match of the new campaign.
The two teams met last year in Dundee in the final of the BUCS Conference Cup, and their most recent encounter was just as hard-fought.
In a relatively drab game of few chances, fourth team striker Mike McLean took the two that came his way, earning his side a 2-0 win.
The fifth team had a slight command over possession for much of the game, but failed to turn it into clear cut chances, with Jack Martin missing their best chance by heading straight into John Allan’s hands from a set piece.
The direct style employed by the fourth team was often ineffective, as captain Chris Johnston found himself isolated up front.
However, it made little difference in the end, as Stirling’s fourth team got their 2016/17 BUCS campaign off to the best possible start and go top of the table, albeit after just one game.
The fourth team now face a trip to Queen Margaret University next Wednesday, whilst the fifths will be looking to dust themselves down in time for the visit of Edinburgh Napier’s third team to Stirling in six days’ time.
Man of the Match: Mike McLean
Looked like the only real threat for the fourth team throughout, using his pace to offer an option over the top. Scoring from a scrappy goalmouth scramble early on in the first half, he added an excellent second after beating the right back twice and going past one more before blasting home from a very tight angle.