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Newtongrange Star lift 4th Division Cup

Newtongrange Star YDA 1

Whitecross 59

Cavalry Park FC 1

Olver 49
  • 1-1 AET (4-2 pens)

Penalty practice paid off for Newtongrange Star as they won the Division 4 League Cup final. Both sides battled exceptionally well, however it was Star who managed to edge a close game and lift the silverware.

Both teams were confident ahead of kick-off, however Cavalry Park had the best of the opening spell. Firstly, ten minutes in, Robertson-Walker found Eddie Bain at the edge of the box. Bain controlled and his low effort was well saved by Rian Young. Then, a few minutes later, Jordan Dobbie drove forward and fired a shot inches wide of the left-hand post.

The next 20 minutes did not produce much in the way of chances, as the game descended into a midfield battle. However, just before half-time Newtongrange Star hit the woodwork twice in five minutes.

Ben Whitecross delivered a free-kick to into the box which was met by Jordan Dobbie. His volley then clipped the outside of the post before going behind. Then, five minutes later, it was Lochlann Bernard’s turn to come close. Bernard’s cross was clipped into the box, but he over-hit his delivery, as the ball flew onto the crossbar before bouncing out.

With this effort, the first half drew to a close, with the scores level at 0-0.

The second-half began in the same manner as the first; with Cavalry Park pressure.

Park won a corner, and captain Thomas Ritch floated a ball into the box. Adam Olver met the cross, and, he bulleted a header into the roof of the net to put Cavalry Park in front.

Newtongrange Star responded very well to falling behind, and just before the hour mark, Star won a corner which was crossed for Ben Whitecross. The midfielder rose highest to head into the bottom corner, to level up the game.

In a very tight affair, the remaining 20 minutes didn’t produce any clear-cut chances, as the game petered out and headed for extra-time.

Extra time was just as close as the rest of the match, and, as such, there was only one notable chance. Newtongrange Star’s Owen Miller came closest when he headed wide from close range.

After this opportunity, the referee blew for full time and the cup final headed for penalties.

Newtongrange Star went ahead early on in the shootout as Owen Miller converted before Calvary Park’s Adam Olver shot wide.

Goals from Kye Brown and Connor Lothian put Newtongrange Star within touching distance of the silverware. Then, Rian Young saved from Thomas Ritch which gave Ben Whitecross a chance to win it.

Whitecross stepped up and fired home to win the game for Newtongrange Star, sparking jubilant scenes among the players and staff. It was a brilliant night for Newtongrange Star as they lifted the silverware on their home pitch.

Final Result: 1-1 AET (4-2 pens)


Newtongrange Star YDA
Cavalry Park FC
1. Rian Young
2. Kye Brown
3. Connor Lothian
4. Adam Manson
5. Ewan Martin
6. Ben Whitecross
7. Lochlann Bernard
8. Robbie McCormack
9. Lee Duncanson
10. Jordan Dobbie
11. Steven Todd
12. Robbie Glodek
13. Owen Miller
14. Blair Wilson
15. Adam Moyes
16. Baily Heaton
1. Callum Manson
2. Daniel Gibson
3. Charlie Ross
4. Patrick Fraser
5. Eddie Bain
6. Nathaniel Beech-Brandt
7. Liam McLeod
8. Thomas Ritch
9. Harris Hamilton
10. Connor Gane
11. Murray Campbell
14. Connor Fleming
15. Adam Olver
17. Tom Rennie
22. Asa Robertson-Walker
23. Troy Adshead
Star Player
Newtongrange Star YDA
Cavalry Park FC
The star player for Newtongrange Star was Connor Lothian. He had an excellent match and won several tackles and looked very powerful in the air. It was a commanding performance by Lothian as his side lifted the trophy.
Calvary Park's star player was their centre-back, Partick Fraser. He put in a brilliant performance at the back and helped keep the Newtongrange attackers at bay for prolonged periods.
Magic Moment
Newtongrange Star YDA
Cavalry Park FC
The magic moment for Newtongrange Star was Ben Whitecross' winning penalty. The goal won the match for Newtongrange, and it sparked crazy scenes for the players and staff.
Adam Olver's opener was Calvary Park's magic moment. The goal put his side in front, and it gave his teammates the belief that they could win the game.

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