Gus’s promo dream ends
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.