More Colville cup woes after penalty shoot-out

COLVILLE Park suffered Scottish Amateur Cup heartache for the second year in a row when they lost 4-3 on penalties to their Glasgow opponents at Livingston’s Almondvale Stadium on Saturday.

It had all looked so good for the Motherwell side when they went ahead after only 11 minutes with a well-worked goal.

Miller found Murray who beat his man and laid the ball across goal for David McKay to force the ball home.

Colville Park AFC dominated the rest of the first half, with ‘keeper Logan blocking a shot from McKay, who was eager to add to his tally.

After the break, another McKay effort hit the side netting and Wellhouse then broke upfield and won a penalty when Garry Tierney fouled Boyce.

Andrew Dorrans, brother of West Brom and Scotland star Graham, equalised from the spot.

Colville captain Jamie Daily cleared an effort off the line as the game swung from end to end, and with seven minutes to play, there was drama when the Wellhouse’keeper was sent off.

McKay was sent clear and Logan raced out of his area to bring down the striker.

The red card was no surprise, leaving defender Tierney to take over, as his team had no replacement goalie.

Then, bizarrely, a Colville sub was shown red for shouting abuse at the referee – and that had consequences when there was no replacement for the injured McKay late in extra time.

Colville opened up their opponents’ defence on several occasions during extra time, but lack of composure led to penalty kicks to decide the outcome.

Both teams converted their first three kicks, before the fourth kick takers from each ballooned their attempts high over the bar.

Colville then missed again, and Wellhouse netted their final penalty to win the cup for the first time in their history.

Colville gained a measure of revenge just 48 hours later when they beat Wellhouse on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the semi-final of the McAvoy-McIntyre Trophy.

They will play St Patrick’s, from Dumbarton, in the final at Guy’s Meadow in Cumbernauld on Saturday.

Colville Park are also very much in contention in the race for the Central Scottish AFL title, with several matches still to be fitted in over the next week.