Thorniewood win first cup for 50 years after penalty drama

Lindsay Hamilton senior, club honorary president, and Lindsay junior, former Thorniewood 'keeper, celebrate the club's cup win
Lindsay Hamilton senior, club honorary president, and Lindsay junior, former Thorniewood 'keeper, celebrate the club's cup win
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It was party time for Thorniewood United on Thursday night as they landed their first trophy in 50 years after a thrilling Euroscot Engineering Central League Cup Final against Blantyre Vics at Newlandsfield.

The Viewpark side did it the hard way, finishing the contest with just eight players and twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 before winning a penalty shootout.

Blantyre struck first in the final, played at Pollok’s Newlandsfield ground in Glasgow, opening the scoring after 15 minutes through Andy Sinclair.

Thorniewood were then reduced to 10 men when ’keeper Matt Creechan was red carded for a last man challenge.

But Thorniewood, who came from 2-0 down to win their semi-final against Vale of Clyde on penalties, hit back to equalise from the penalty spot through Chris Lennon after 38 minutes.

However they weren’t level for long as David Galt restored Vics’ advantage before half-time.

Andy Frame’s side squared the match again on 61 minutes as Lennon converted another penalty but were then reduiced to nine men when Grant was shown a straight red.

There was no further scoring and the match went to a penalty decider.

There was even more drama during the shooutout when Thorniewood got a third red card, shown to Wood for gestures made after scoring his penalty.

But a 4-3 win on spot kicks secured the trophy, sparking long awaited celebrations for the Thorniewood players, management and supporters.