Missed chances see Stow out of the cup


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Stow could have been out of sight of the visitors in this Border Cup semi-final in the first five minutes.

Johnny Crawford saw his first-minute shot at goal cannon off the post while, shortly afterwards, Ryan Clapperton saw his volley fly just over the bar, with a Jordan Steele shot also going close.

West Barns took the lead through a front-post header from Lugton on nine minutes.

Stow almost equalised minutes later when Clapperton went through one on one with the keeper only to see his attempt blocked.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining, however, the visitors took control when a clearance from home keeper Tom Kerr was returned from 35 yards by Lugton, with Kerr struggling to get back across his goal.

Ewan Riddell was red carded for a rash challenge, but just before half-time, 10-man Stow got back into the game when Craig Wood scored following good work from Crawford.

The second half started with Stow pressing to get level, but they lacked a finish in the opponents’ box. Stow’s bad luck continued when a slack pass from Declan Leckie in midfield saw McIntyre intercept and put West Barns further ahead and out of reach.

To compound matters for Stow, substitute Martin Gibson then had to leave the field injured after just 15 minutes’ involvement. With the extra man taking its toll, and Stow having to press to get back in the match, the visitors went further ahead through substitute Smith to secure their spot in the final against Leithen Rovers.