Harvester and Centaur AFC were presented with sponsored Fosters Match Footballs by Tournament Secretary Mr Robert McGechie prior to their Centenary Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy game, writes Tom Scott.
After an exciting 2-2 draw, Harvester won 5-4 on penalty-kicks. The game took place at Lochend, Easterhouse.
The Gantry AFC and East End rivals, Finnart, also received footballs for being nominated “Tie of The Round” – a brilliant 7th Round meeting at Greenfield Pitches, Carntyne.
Finnart had won the Cup in successive years, but The Gantry went through 3-1.
Mark Mosson scored the first half goal which helped Centaur AFC defeat great rivals and Scottish Sunday Trophy holders Finnart AFC to clinch the Burnside Amateur Football League Championship after a play-off.
The same player also missed a second half penalty kick awarded for handball. Centaur, Scottish Cup Runners-Up, defeated Cathkin 1-0 in another domestic Cup Final.
League Cup – Finnart. Runners-Up – Cathkin.
Knock-Out Cup Cathkin. Runners-Up – Finnart.
Bronze Cup – Wellhouse. Runners-Up – Coach and Horses.
Greig Black won the Centaur AFC Player of the Year award.
Davie Cooper took the Players’ Player of the Year nomination.
Brian Blair had a trophy-filled playing career with Finnart Star AFC over 22 years – now he is determined to replicate the success as Team Manager.
Despite Covid-19 lockdowns and Tier 3 restrictions, the five-times Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy winner – one of those came from playing at Rutherglen Vogue, could never have predicted an abrupt end to the 2019-2020 campaign (his second in charge), or currently one league played against Holytown back on October 3.
When the original March lockdown started the announcement put paid to Finnart and St Mungo’s contesting a Cup Final at Broadwood. Eight months on, there is no official word the game will ever take place.
Undaunted, Blair recruited one-time junior football player and Vale of Clyde Manager John Crooks, who also steered Glasgow Harp to a Caledonian League Premier Division title and Scottish Amateur Cup Semi-Finals, onto his backroom staff. Following a pre-season (training) like no other, Finnart went goal crazy with warm-up games, and carried the form onto defeating Holytown 11-0 in the Caledonian First Division. opener at Glasgow Green.
However, the opportunity to put more points on the board at hosts Kilsyth AFC a week later (October 10) was quickly removed by the Scottish Government, and most of the amateur game has been idle ever since.
Brian revealed: “This club has contested ten Scottish Cup finals (losing two) over a span of 40 years. Good times!”
“Phil Blair has been at the helm all that time, but no football just now is frustrating for all of us.”
“We have built a cracking young team. I personally am trying to get them back to where we should be with some trophies, but that will only come as soon as we can start back hopefully.”
“Some of our guys (players) have been out with West of Scotland League teams to get them games before we start back, which doesn’t look like any time soon!”