Both Jerviston and Newton showed a nervous disposition as they were forced to wait an extra thirty minutes to start their game as the game before them went all the way to penalties.
But soon enough the teams took to the pitch surrounded by the beautiful countryside and fields of Carluke as the sun beamed down on what was shaping up to be a competitive LFDA League Cup Final.
Much of the opening 15 minutes saw a tetchy midfield battle with Adam Greer controlling the possession for Jerviston when they had the ball, but in truth, Newton dominated the ball without actually creating anything for their strikers to feed off of.
Much of the Newton play was attempted down the right wing but was cut out by the Jerviston defence time and time again for throw ins which often led to more sideways passing and meaningless possession.
Newton grew complacent on the ball and Jerviston pounced on this slack play and created a fantastic chance as the ball was won with many Newton players committed forward to try make something of this early confidence.
The ball was hoofed down the right wing and Declan McAuley made chase, outsprinting Jamie Doyle as he desperately tried to regain the shape of Newton’s defence but to no avail, the ball was crossed at a fantastic height for the unmarked Gareth Kerr but his volley was saved at point blank range by Lewis Cameron and tipped over for a corner.
Fantastic opportunity to spit in the face of Newton’s dominance.
Jerviston now had the wind in their sails and continued to batter the Newton back four with Declan McAuley’s bad touch gifting the ball to the ‘keeper after the ball breaking in the box.
They took the lead after 20 minutes when they won a free kick on the right corner of the box.
With players lining up in the box, the Newton goalkeeper Doyle expected a high cross into the box but Conor Boyle spotted this and caught him out at his near post, giving the boys from Motherwell the lead.
Newton finally created something for themselves as the ball broke for Sam Kent 25 yards out who rounded the charging Jerviston ‘keeper but with his view obstructed by a defender, he tried to swivel and find a pass but lingered on the ball in a crucial position and was soon fouled by a trio of Jerviston players led by Adam Greer.
The resulting free kick was hammered into the wall and cleared.
Jerviston should’ve made it 2-0 when Reiss Stewart split open the Newton midfield and defence with a pinpoint pass to Gareth Kerr whose low drilled shot from the right was tipped past the post by Lewis Cameron.
The Jerviston goalkeeper Aidan Allan once again found himself in an awkward position after initially clearing a route one display from Newton but the ball landed to Jamie Main with the empty goal at his mercy and Allan nowhere to be found.
An equaliser seemed a given but Conna Rice bailed out his ‘keeper with an excellently brave block, the ball was still live but Allan re-joined the conversation and dove in front of the rebound shot from Main, maintaining the clean sheet for now.
Newton soon again took a hold of the match with the possession that they had enjoyed for much of the opening minutes.
They won a free kick 25 yards out which David Thompson struck with tremendous ferocity, forcing Allan to tip it over for a corner.
The ball was then sent right on top of Allan from the corner and Jamie Main made up for his missed opportunities just minutes before and nodded the ball home to bring the teams in even at half time