Richie shines as Scot­tish Cup star

Burke nets penalty to seal sil­ver­ware for Beith

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen-born foot­baller Richie Burke ad­mit­ted the feel­ing of scor­ing the win­ning penalty in the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup fi­nal has still not sunk in.

The Beith Ju­niors man was mobbed by team­mates af­ter hit­ting the back of the net in front of more than 4,000 fans at Kil­marnock’s Rugby Park on Sun­day.

Richie, a for­mer Ruther­glen Glen­cairn mid­fielder, was part of the side who won 4-3 on penal­ties af­ter draw­ing 1-1 with Pol­lok in nor­mal time.

Vet­eran Rob­bie Win­ters had thrown ‘ Lok a life­line af­ter can­celling out Dar­ren Christie’s opener.

And Beith keeper Stephen Grind­lay saved two spot kicks from Al­lan Macken­zie and David Win­ters to give Richie the chance to seal the glory for The Mighty.

The 30 year old, who signed for The Glens in 2008, coolly stroked home the win­ning goal but told the Re­former he had shrugged off the nerves as he walked up to the spot to grant Beith their first Scot­tish Cup win in the club’s his­tory. He said: “I knew I had to score for us to win and peo­ple were say­ing I must have been un­der a lot of pres­sure.

“But I didn’t feel I was be­cause I knew if I missed then it would have went to sud­den death.

“When I was walk­ing up to take the penalty, all I was think­ing about was where I was go­ing to place it. “When I scored I couldn’t be­lieve it. “The day was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and the at­mos­phere was in­cred­i­ble.

“I’ve won two league ti­tles with Glen­cairn but I haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like that be­fore.

“It wasn’t a great game to be hon­est. Pol­lok were prob­a­bly the bet­ter team on the day.

“We were win­ning 1-0 and I thought we were go­ing to maybe steal it. They did do well to get a goal back.”

Richie spent six years with Glen­cairn where he bagged two league ti­tles be­fore moving to Peter­shill.

The left mid­fielder sealed a move to Beith in the sum­mer last year and has al­ready writ­ten his name into the club’s his­tory books.

Cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued for the Beith play­ers back in their home­town as fans lined the streets on Sun­day evening to wel­come the team home with the cup.

“The at­mos­phere in the town was amaz­ing, I didn’t know there was so many peo­ple in Beith,” Richie added.

“We did a pub crawl with the cup through the town af­ter­wards and we didn’t get home till about 3am.

“Our run in the Scot­tish Cup was a dif­fi­cult one. We played some very good teams.

“The best re­sult per­son­ally for me was beat­ing Peter­shill 3-1 be­cause I used to play for them.”

Richie has al­ready penned a deal with the Ayr­shire side for an­other sea­son as have many of his team­mates.

Beith will now par­tic­i­pate in next sea­son’s Wil­liam Hill Se­nior Scot­tish Cup along with fel­low ju­nior teams Auchin­leck Tal­bot, Lin­lith­gow Rose, Bon­nyrigg Banks o Dee and Gir­van.

De­lighted Richie hold­ing the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup

Ice cool Richie slots home the penalty to send fans wild and, in­set, cham­pi­ons Beith cel­e­brate

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