Stenhousemuir yesterday held their nerve to win their first cup in a 111-year history. The Second Division side beat Dundee United 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in Perth to claim the Scottish League Challenge Trophy.
The Warriors, inspired by goalkeeper Roddy McKenzie, emerged as worthy winners. They were more cohesive than the First Division side, who had taken their spending to over pounds 1m in a month by paying Celtic pounds 150,000 for Jamie McQuilken on Saturday.
Lloyd Haddow scored the decisive penalty after United slipped behind when McKenzie, who had spent most of the match keeping out Gery McSwegan, denied Craig Brewster. In a late flourish, United piled on the pressure, but McKenzie saved splendidly from Grant Johnson, McQuilken and McSwegan.
Dundee United: Maxwell; Shannon, Malpas, Pressley, Dailly, McKinnon, McLaren (McQuilken, 60), Johnson, McSwegan, Coyle (Brewster, 73), Winters. Substitute not used: O'Hanlon (gk).
Stenhousemuir: McKenzie; Bannon, Haddow, Armstrong, McGeachie, Sprott, Hunter, Fisher (Steel, 118), Mathieson, Hutchison, Little. Substitutes not used: Aitken, Logan.
Referee: J Rowbotham (Kirkcaldy).