The manager will, most likely, have raged against his side. An already arduous journey home will have felt even worse given the silence settled over the team bus in the aftermath of Adams' furious tirade.
That his side were overcome by one two divisions below them was bad enough. Worse was the fact Stranraer came from behind to advance to the third round. The SPFL League 1 strugglers trailed at the interval but goals from Sean Winter, Chris Aitken and Martin Grehan earned them the scalp of the Dingwall side, who twice led through goals by Richard Brittain and Orhan Mustafi.
Stranraer had proved a physical side in the opening stages, with Grehan proving a menace to the County backline, and the two teams traded several half chances in the first half. Kevin Luckassen managed to wriggle free from Scott Rumsby before firing a low cross along the six-yard box. Frank McKeown was hand to intercept for the hosts on that occasion but County continued to press, setting the tone for a period of sustained pressure.
However, it was not until just before the half-time whistle that County scored the goal that seemed to have set them on the way to a comfortable victory. A corner was whipped in and collected by Grant Munro, who turned towards goal and went down under a challenge from Sean Winter. It was a soft award but Brittain was not complaining as he sent David Mitchell the wrong way.
Stranraer, however, came back with some spirit. Winter gathered a ball wide on the right before cutting in and beating Mark Brown at his near post. Then, incredibly, the hosts found themselves in front just five minutes later. Brittain bundled Winter over after Aitken's corner and referee Stephen Finnie levelled the penalty count. Aitken stepped up to convert an unstoppable spot kick.
The hosts were only in front for seven minutes, Mustafi scoring from close range after a scramble, but there was still time for another twist as Grant Gallagher surged through the defence before finding Jamie Longworth. His shot was blocked and Grehan was on hand to finish.