Gala Rovers 3 Greenlaw 0
Waddell Cup final
Gala Rovers completed a hat-trick of trophies for the season with an at times bad-tempered victory in the Waddell Cup final at Greenlaw’s Happer Park last night.
The match hinged on incidents in the 55th and 56th minutes when firstly referee Raymond Hume sent off Greenlaw player/manager Lawrie Dunn for a penalty box foul on Des Sutherland, with the subsequent spot kick converted by Andy Hardie.
Just a minute later, the home support were incensed as whistler Hume failed to award a spot kick at the other end for a foul on Jake Galbraith, with Greenlaw also claiming that Rovers defender Shane Greene should have been sent off following a confrontation with William Smillie.
But the tie was finished on the hour when Des Sutherland fired home to make it 2-0 to Gala.
Greenlaw continued to push to get back into the game and Dean Carruthers should have scored from six yards out, only to knee over Sean Spoor’s inviting free kick.
Four minutes from time, Sutherland grabbed his 73rd goal of an incredible season with a fine strike high into the net, despite the best efforts of Greenlaw stopper Dave Catlin.
Gala coach Steven Noble said: “To score 73 goals is a phenomenal achievement, considering he was in intensive care at the start of the season (Sutherland fell off a ladder).
“I am proud of the players for all they have achieved this year,” added Noble, with Rovers having won Division A, Beveridge Cup and now Waddell Cup.
Home manager Dunn was less pleased: “That was never a penalty in a month of Sundays and then we are denied one at the other end. Gala should also have had a man sent off when Bob Noble fouled one of our guys when on a yellow card.
“It was a very even match and we had created the best chances up until my sending off.
“However, I am very proud of the players. We managed to win eight of our last ten league games to stay in Division A, and have reached our first Waddell Cup final in 40 years.”
Read more in tomorrow’s Southern.
Gala Rovers: M. Fenton (S. King 43), G. Nicol (K. Martin 89), K. Matheson, P. Hossack, S. Greene, A. Nicol, C. Jardine (Stuart Noble 75), K. Collins, D. Sutherland, A. Hardie, B. Noble (D. Bond 82).
Greenlaw: D. Catlin, S. Burns (A. Redpath 80), M. Long, L. Dunn, T. Culham, R. Smillie, A. Smith, S. Spoor, W. Smillie, D. Carruthers, J. Galbraith.