Peter’s strike brings cup to This­tle

Jags se­cure tro­phy in dy­ing sec­onds af­ter thriller

East Kilbride News - - THE BACK PAGE - Paul Thom­son

East Kil­bride This­tle Am­a­teurs are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter lift­ing the League Cup on Fri­day night.

There was late drama in Go­van as the Jags scored twice in the fi­nal min­utes of ex­tra­time to beat Wind­law 4-3 at New Tinto Park.

Po­lice of­fi­cer Peter Carr was the hero as his last-gasp spot-kick won it for EK and avoided the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

EK This­tle Ams ..... 4 Wind­law ............... 3

A last-gasp penalty in ex­tra­time handed East Kil­bride This­tle a dra­matic vic­tory over Wind­law in Fri­day’s League Cup fi­nal.

Jags lifted the tro­phy af­ter a se­v­en­goal thriller at New Tinto Park in Go­van, with po­lice of­fi­cer Peter Carr keep­ing his cool to slot home the win­ner from the penalty spot – just as the match ap­peared to be head­ing for a shoot-out.

In their first-ever fi­nal, the Am­a­teurs were 1-0 down at the break but sec­ond half ef­forts from Cameron Smith and Jor­dan Con­nor had them in com­mand be­fore a Kris McSherry own goal helped Wind­law force ex­tra-time.

Wind­law edged ahead in the ad­di­tional pe­riod but a Fraser Hamil­ton header and Carr’s spot­kick in stop­page time de­liv­ered the tro­phy for This­tle in stun­ning fash­ion.

Gaffer Chris McColl said: “Once we got the penalty I knew we were go­ing to score.

“Peter had a real swag­ger as he walked up to take it so he gave all the boys con­fi­dence.

“When he slot­ted it home it was com­plete bed­lam. I can’t re­mem­ber who was near me but they were get­ting hugged and jumped on.

“The boys have been play­ing two to three games a week for a month now and with 118 min­utes played and a goal down many teams would have crum­bled.

“But it shows the de­ter­mi­na­tion, fight and courage these lads have to roll up their sleeves and get two goals so late on.

“They de­serve all the plau­dits and all the credit.”

The oc­ca­sion ap­peared to get to This­tle early on in front of their big trav­el­ling sup­port, with Wind­law start­ing the brighter.

Wind­law grabbed the opener and held on to their lead go­ing into the half-time break.

The sec­ond half was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story, though, as This­tle bounced out of the dress­ing room with real pur­pose.

Knock­ing the ball about well, the Jags grew into the con­test and started to open up the Wind­law back four, with Steven Oates, Smith and Con­nor all go­ing close.

The pres­sure fi­nally told af­ter an hour when Smith fin­ished well in­side the box.

And This­tle soon found them­selves in front when man of the match Con­nor was on tar­get to make it 2-1.

The lead didn’t last long, how­ever, as an own goal from Kris McSherry took the match to ex­tra-time.

Wind­law drew first blood in the first half of ad­di­tional time, scor­ing with a good fin­ish from out­side the box.

Jags looked dead and buried but they man­aged to muster the en­ergy to put in a sen­sa­tional fin­ish to the match.

With 118 min­utes on the clock and Wind­law hav­ing one hand on the tro­phy, This­tle’s re­lent­less pres­sure paid off when cap­tain Hamil­ton found space in the box and nod­ded home to equalise.

It seemed all set up for a penalty shoot-out, but This­tle won it in dra­matic cir­cum­stances.

Andy Dolan played a lovely ball through for Jack Irvine to stretch his legs, out-run­ning one de­fender, then two, be­fore be­ing hacked down in the box.

The ref­eree had no choice but to award a penalty and Carr made no mis­take from 12 yards to win it for EK.

McColl added: “We are still on cloud nine and I don’t think it’s re­ally sunk in yet.

“It’s great ef­fort and I’d like to thank the man­age­ment team - Jamie Scott, Gor­don Wil­son and Ross McSherry. The team couldn’t have done this with­out them.

“And a big thanks goes to our main spon­sors, the Montgomerie Arms, who have been with us from day one and sup­ported us all the way.”

Pics: Karen M Scott

Cup joy Jags coaches Jamie Scott, Chris McColl, Gor­don Wil­son and Ross McSherry

Party time This­tle Am­a­teurs cel­e­brate on the pitch af­ter clinch­ing the tro­phy

Close tie EK’s David Wil­son jos­tles for the ball

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