On behalf of Scottish Amateur Football News, can I thank – not for the first time – Mr Robert Porter for taking the time to prepare and forward a report/ photographs from the William Turner Challenge Cup Final, writes Tom Scott.
A strong first half performance from Glasgow Harp saw them gain a two goal half time advantage. Dumbarton Accies scored early in the second half but couldn’t find an equaliser, which saw Glasgow Harp win the cup.
Harp started the match in the ascendency, Gary Tussler and Patrick Walker exchanged nicely but Walkers volleyed shot went over Accies bar.
Accies responded and after 10 minutes, Scott Cowan, Andrew MacDonald and Andrew Burton exchanged, with Burton eventually shooting going wide of the target.
On the quarter hour Harp took the lead.
Accies conceded a free kick on the edge of their box. A short free kick was passed to Ross McArthur whose thunderous shot flashed over the Accies wall and into the top left hand corner of the net. This was a fine finish.
Harp went two goals up within a couple of minutes. A corner was swung into Accies box, which reached Andrew McLay who reacted quickly to stab the ball into the net.
A good move just after the half half between Andrew Burton and David Brannagan saw Brannagan’s effort bravely blocked.
Glasgow Harp then saw efforts from Andrew McLay and Martin Laing go unrewarded.
Accies in response saw efforts from Andrew Burton and Scott Cowan go similarly unrewarded.
Half time 0:2
Accies dragged themselves back into the match on fifty minutes. A corner was swung into the Harp box. After a scramble, Andrew MacDonald swivelled inside the 6 yard box to force the ball into the Harp net.
Accies pressed on and saw a Scott Cowan shot saved. Shortly afterwards David Brannagan saw an effort go over the Harp bar.
The nearest Accies came to equalising came when a Scott Cowan header reached Alan Sweeney. The midfielder then saw his shot go narrowly wide with Harp keeper Stevie Johnstone beaten.
Accies pressed forward but saw the experienced Johnstone deal well with various dangerous crosses into the box.
Harp were now playing on the counter attack and could have secured the win when Andrew McLay dragged a shot wide.
Various other opportunities came Harp way when they moved the ball quickly.
Full time 1:2
Congratulations to Glasgow Harp on their success.
Dumbarton Academy FP AFC
Andrew Campbell, Sam Degg, Josh Degg, Kenny Wilson, Andrew MacNally, Jack Buchanan (capt), Andrew MacDonald, David Brannagan, Scott Cowan, Andrew Burton, Alan Sweeney
Subs: David Allan, Ryan Banks, David Goodwin, Colin MacPhee, Logan Park
Glasgow Harp AFC
Stephen Johnstone, Jonathan Burns, Alexander Amos, Ross John Harry McArthur, Jonathan Gordon, Andrew McLay, David McArthur, Stuart Nicoll, Gary Tussler, Patrick Walker, David Matthews,
Subs: George Bamersby, Craig Scott, Gordon Hanley, Martin Laing, James Forrest
James Gallacher, John Campbell, Paul Elliott, Tam Gilchrist
Man of the Match
Glasgow Harp number 9 – Andrew McLay