Greenlaw manager Lawrie Dunn was more than happy to lose his hair after his club ended their 35-year wait to win the historic Waddell Cup.
As promised, Greenlaw’s players were allowed to shave off their manager’s precious locks immediately after this historic triumph.
Two William Smillie goals on either side of half-time and late strikes from Chris Robertson and Dean Carruthers made sure Dunn’s men didn’t pass up another opportunity to win their own trophy for the first time since 1979.
“It feels like destiny, especially after what happened in last year’s final,” said Dunn, still hurting from the 3-0 defeat to Gala Rovers in last season’s showpiece. “It means so much to everyone at the club and in the village.”
In an entertaining game played in front of more than 200 spectators, the Division A side had to be at their best against a Gordon team who have already won two cups this season and are expected to win the Division B title.
The final score may have flattered them, but Greenlaw certainly deserved their victory for such stout defending and clinical finishing.
“Up until 75 minutes, Gordon were well in the game and we were getting worried,” said Dunn. “But a bit of magic from Dean Carruthers and Chris Robertson, who was my man of the match, made it 3-1 and it was game over.
“We knew they were a bigger and stronger team than us and would put balls in the box, but our defence and goalkeeper coped with that well. With Chris, William and Dean up front, we knew they would score goals. We told them that, they believed it, and that’s what happened,”
On a wet afternoon at Greenlaw’s home ground, chances were few and far between in an evenly-contested opening 40 minutes. But two goals suddenly arrived in as many minutes. Smillie collected Robin Brown’s clipped through-ball to put the hosts ahead five minutes before half time with a neat lob over Gordon keeper Chris Anderson.
But Gordon went straight up the other end to equalise when former Greenlaw midfielder Alan Redpath fired home from 14 yards.
It was 1-1 at half-time, but Carruthers found space on the right and squared for strike partner Smillie to side-foot home his second goal 10 minutes after the interval. It was another composed finish.
Gordon pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but with Greenlaw defending well they struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances.
Gordon player-manager Craig Livingstone, struggling with an injury, brought himself on for the last 15 minutes.
But with time running out and Gordon piling more men forward, two Greenlaw goals in the last 10 minutes sealed victory. Robertson, who impressed all afternoon, fired home a right-foot shot from 16 yards to make it 3-1, and it was all over when his low cross from the left was turned in by Carruthers with a superb side-foot volley from eight yards.