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Second half Phinn double sees Rutherglen Glencairn lift Scottish Cup

Barrhead YFC 0

Rutherglen Glencairn 2

Phinn 53, 72
A second half brace from Anton Phinn was enough to see Rutherglen Glencairn crowned Scottish Cup champions at the expense of Barrhead YFC.
 
The match was evenly contested throughout, with both sides showing the quality that got them to the showpiece event in Airdrie.
 
The day began with a show of rememberance as both teams observed a presentation to mark the memory of Anton Houghton, the Barrhead youth player who sadly lost his life in April. The presentation was respected by both sets of fans, offering a reminder that in the end there are things far more important than football. A minute's applause followed and the match was soon underway.
 
Rutherglen offered the first attempt at goal five minutes in when Lewis Watt took in a cross from the right hand side to fire over the bar.
 
Barrhead had their first sight of goal just a few minutes later when Andrew McLaughlin tried his luck only to see his effort deflected behind. From the resulting corner, McLaughlin tried again, this time his effort going over the bar.
 
Glencairn had a great opportunity to open the scoring on the 25 minute mark when a cross from Watt, after some great work down the wing, fell to Ryan Clark, only for his effort to blaze over the bar.
 
From the restart Barrhead themselves almost took the lead when a cross from the left fell right on the head of William Lennox, whose effort was straight into the plams of Kyle Pirie in the Rutherglen goal.
 
Michael Lone very nearly had Rutherglen in front with perhaps the best chance of the first half when he took advantage of some slack defensive play to steal possession, only for him to drag his shot wide of goal.
 
Another opportunity fell to Rutherglen just two minutes later after a great counter attack saw the ball fall into the path of Watt who opted to shoot with the outside of his boot, allowing Stuart Collins in the Barrhead goal to claim.
Rutherglen ended the half having created the better chances, but knew that they had to put them away given the threat their opponents could potentially cause them.
 
Just eight minutes into the second half, they had their lead. An excellent ball from the back from Lone put it on a plate for Anton Phinn to slot it past Collins to give his side the advantage.
 
Any suggestion that Barrhead's heads would drop after the opening goal were totally unfounded and they kept plugging away and creating chances. Joseph Manderson was the next to test Pirie, after getting free of his defender, he hit a strong shot which the Rutherglen stopper had to parry away.
 
Manderson had another opportunity to equalise five minutes later when he latched onto a long ball forward from Collins. Seeing the on-rushing Pirie, he attempted to lob the 'keeper, only for his effort to drift over the bar.
 
Rutherglen weren't let their opponents take control of the game however, and on the 72nd minute they doubled their lead thanks to a cracker from Phinn, who fired a left footed strike right into the top corner.
 
Barrhead would continue to push for a way back into the game, but Rutherglen held on for the win and the glory.
 
Commiserations to Barrhead for falling at the final hurdle, but massive congratulations to Rutherglen Glencairn, who were worthy winners on the day.

Lineups

Barrhead YFC
Rutherglen Glencairn
1. Stuart Collins
2. Callum Findlay
3. Jason Andrew
4. Fraser MacDuff
5. Connor McCabe
6. Sean McLure
7. William Lennox
8. Dylan Stewart
9. Joseph Manderson
10. Malcolm McDonald
11. Phil Lee
12. Matthew Lamont
14. Jordan Lemke
15. Aaron Boyle
16. Andrew Stewart
17. Gary McFall
18. Ben Cross
20. Andrew McLaughlin
1. Kyle Pirie
2. Aido Dunsmore
3. Ryan Clark
4. Ross Young
5. Josh McCorry
6. Michael Lone
7. Kieran Hannaway
9. Jack McIlvenn
10. Anton Phinn
11. Connor Black
12. Matt Divers
13. Jack Dunlop
14. Aiden McNeill
15. Lewis Maitland
17. Lewis Watt
18. Ross Ingils
19. Thomas Lone
21. Connor Neilson
Star Player
Barrhead YFC
Rutherglen Glencairn
Joseph Manderson was always an active threat for Barrhead. Things weren't always going his way but he kept trying to make something happen
Anton Phinn picked up the Man of the Match award and rightly so. Two great finishes to help his side to Scottish Cup glory
Magic Moment
Barrhead YFC
Rutherglen Glencairn
Many teams in the country will only be able to dream of reaching a Scottish Cup Final. Barrhead can be proud of what they've achieved this year
Phinn's second strike was truly stunning and knocked the wind out of Barrhead's sails. It marked a great performance from the forward

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