Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott goes into a new level of football in his special Series with a look at the Fosters Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy Final from season 2014-2015.
Harvester AFC and Cranhill United had met the previous year, with the Glasgow East End club losing 1-0.
Following their second visit to Livingston’s ground, the media Headline was “DEADLY McKAY DOUBLE DUMPS CUP HOLDERS”
If any neutrals thought Cranhill would fluff being in the spotlight again, they were sadly mistaken. United looked more confident, composed and stronger.
Cranhill could proudly take the cup back to Glasgow’s East End, where they would join a list of winners which included record holders Finnart, Centaur AFC and the Gantry.
Stenhousemuir’s ground staged both Semi-Finals a month earlier. Cranhill sponsored by David Millen Quality Butcher (Carntyne), beat Dalkeith AFC 3-0, while Harvester, who lost the 2013 final to Rutherglen Vogue, came through 4-3 on penalties against Fairfield Sport and Leisure after the game finished 2-2.
As expected,. holders Harvester were prominent early on via dangerman David Swan but Cranhill responded well with their short-passing game through midfield, and when Chris Campbell whipped over an inviting cross, David McKay timed his jump perfectly to steer a 20th minute header past goalkeeper Reid.
Swan twice went close for Harvester, and combined with Burnett to set-up an early second half opening for Harley, who failed to test ‘keeper Don Scott.
A second goal of genuine quality seven minutes from time settled the silverware destination. McGeough and Boyce were involved in the clever build-up play. David McKay sized up the situation brilliantly with his run and first touch to avoid the on-rushing Reid. He had time to take another touch before dispatching the ball into the net and spark off wild celebrations among the travelling Cranhill United support.
Despite an additional five minutes of injury time, Cranhill’s composure effectively dealt with a final Harvester surge. Man of the Match – Paul Ross (Cranhill United). I must add that team sponsor, Mr David Millen, provided an embroidered kit/ jersey fully commemorating Cranhill’s appearance in the 2015 final.
Winning Squad:. Scott, Campbell, Halliday, O’Connor, McGregor, McDevitt, McGeough, Ross, McKay, Boyce and Dorrans.
Subs: McNally, Rae, K Martin, P Martin, and Kennedy.