Gus’s promo dream ends

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPher­son hailed his play­ers for hav­ing an “out­stand­ing sea­son” de­spite wit­ness­ing their play-off hopes dashed by a bat­tling Sten­house­muir side.

On-loan Hiber­nian young­ster Oli Shaw grabbed a dou­ble as Stenny came off the bot­tom of League One with a 2-0 win at Ham­p­den Park.

The re­sult all but ended The Spi­ders’ dream of back-to-back pro­mo­tions. A win over fel­low chal­lengers Air­drieo­ni­ans on Satur­day may still not be enough for a play-off place due to the su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence of Air­drie, Brechin and East Fife.

MacPher­son was dis­ap­pointed with the de­feat al­though ap­pre­cia­tive of his player’s ef­forts through­out the sea­son.

He said: “We have had an out­stand­ing sea­son but that was a very flat per­for­mance. We have set high stan­dards all sea­son but they dropped in this game.

“We were the favourites for rel­e­ga­tion and whilst we have avoided that it was still a dis­ap­point­ing af­ter­noon.”

Shaw showed his class on 20 min­utes when he wrig­gled clear of the de­fence only to shoot straight at Wil­lie Muir. How­ever, two min­utes later he beat the Spi­ders’ keeper all ends up with a lobbed ef­fort from the edge of the box.

The striker grabbed his sec­ond goal six min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on a mis­take by Sean Burns.

Stenny’s Kieran Miller was dis­missed with 10 min­utes to go but his team-mates saw things out.

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