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Shire boss Gordon Wylde declared himself delighted with last night’s 1-0 Stirlingshire Cup victory at Falkirk.

Marc McKenzie gave Shire the chance of reaching the final with the only goal of the match, but Wylde was more concerned with the hard work the team put in.

“Falkirk put out a young team but they gave us plenty of problems,” he said afterwards. “They pushed us back and, at times, it was difficult to get the ball off them.

“But I was pleased we got a good work out. Of course managers will tell you results at this stage of the season don’t really matter but it’s good to get wins like this and hopefullythat will breed confidence.”

The coach was not without his selection problems with two central defenders missing, but his makeshift defence held up well. “I thought Paul Doyle did exceptionally well given that we had to move him from right back because Stephen Oates and Carl Thywissen were both out.

“He held the line well with David King and I thought the pairing made a good partnership.”

Centre-half King claims it would be wrong to devalue Shire’s win by claiming Falkirk fielded a weakened team. “They are all good players and I am sure some of them will be playing in Falkirk’s first team soon. It was good to get the win and hopefully now we can move on from this.”

Falkirk coach, John Hughes, might have been relaxed about losing to Shire with a reserve team in the Stirlingshire Cup, but he wasn’t. He was furious.

“Of course it hurts to lose to the Shire,” he said. And he didn’t mince his words about his young guns’ attitude. “Some of them get it too easy. They think they can come in and play and do it all, but unless they come with the right attitude then that’s what’s going to happen to them.

“All the credit should go to the Shire, they came and battled hard and showed the right kind of determination to get the result. If some of my players think they can get back into the team after that then maybe they’ve got another thing coming.”


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