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Hampden Weir produce sensational final fifteen to lift West Regional Cup

Giffnock North United BC 0

Hampden Weir Recreation AFC 4

Mauchlin 56, Hanley 62 64, Dempster 70
  • Sunday, 04 June 2017
  • Petershill Park
  • Under 13´s
  • West Regional Cup

Hampden Weir became the fourth team in the Paisley, Johnstone and District First Division to win a trophy this season after defeating league champions Giffnock North United 4-0 in the final of the West Regional Cup.

After a scrappy first half, the Newlands side ran riot in the final 15 minutes, scoring four to lift the trophy.

Zach Mauchlin got the crucial first goal from the spot after 56 minutes, before a double from Reece Hanley and a brilliant solo effort from John Dempster rounded off a perfect morning for Hampden.

The clubs had shared a win-a-piece in the league this season, and the first half reflected two good teams cancelling each other out. However, both would miss a gilt-edged chance to score.

First, after just 3 minutes, Hampden striker Damian Wojtowicz showed great pace to latch onto a through ball, but Giffnock keeper Kai McFarlane came off his line well to block his shot.

Wojtowicz was involved again moments later when he beat his man on the right hand side and drove the ball across goal, but full-back Dylan Speirs couldn’t find the finishing touch at the back post.

It was then Giffnock’s turn to come close after 17 minutes. James Hazlett showed great awareness to take the ball off the toes of the defence and slip in Craig Taylor, but the striker dragged his shot wide from 12 yards.

Neither team could get control of the game with both defences proving tough to crack and the midfield area often being by-passed.

A terrific free-kick from Hampden’s Liam Nisbet which skimmed the roof of the net was the sole highlight in the second quarter of the game.

  • Half Time:
  • Giffnock North United BC
  • 0-0
  • Hampden Weir Recreation AFC

The second half proved a far more open affair, and the league champions came out firing.

After knocking the ball around in midfield, Giffnock played it forward to Michael Moynihan who produced a sensational reverse pass to Hazlett, but his strike trickled agonisingly past the post.

More intricate passing on the edge of the box then saw Ben Thomson find space to hit it, but Hampden keeper Tyler Simpson saved well.

Giffnock continued to pile on the pressure and came close twice to taking the lead. A spectacular curling effort from Ruairidh Currie came back off the bar on 45 minutes, and then Hazlett headed just over from a corner.

But it was Hampden who broke the deadlock when a penalty was awarded following a foul on Sean Fitzpatrick on 55 minutes.

Mauchlin stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to spark wild celebrations with his teammates.

The goal was a sucker punch for Giffnock and they never seemed to recover, while Hampden grew in confidence.

They had to wait just 6 minutes for their second goal when the outstretched boot of Hanley sent the ball looping over McFarlane after a cross from the left, effectively wrapping up victory.

Hanley then stooped to nod in his second on 64 minutes after McFarlane had tipped Aaron Morgan’s free kick onto the bar.

To their credit Giffnock continued to battle and came close to a consolation goal. Aiden McLaughlin drove the ball inches over the bar after being teed up on the edge of the box.

But it was Hampden’s day at Petershill, adding a fourth in the final minute to crown their victory. The jewel in that Hampden crown was undoubtedly Dempster, whose pace and strength caused Giffnock problems all day.

A typically powerful run down the left saw him beat two defenders on his way into the box and calmly slot the ball home to cap a great afternoon.

Giffnock can hold their heads high after a great season and a good performance, but a clinical Hampden Weir thoroughly deserved their win and can savour lifting the West Regional Cup.


  • Full Time:
  • Giffnock North United BC
  • 0-4
  • Hampden Weir Recreation AFC


Giffnock North United BC
Hampden Weir Recreation AFC
3. Aiden McLaughlin
8. Connor Jamieson
14. Gerard Burns
15. Harry Stephen
18. James Hazlett
21. Joe Davidson
27. Liam Sheridan
28. Kai McFarlane
29. Lewis McKechnie
37. Ben Thomson
38. Michael Moyniham
41. Regan Cusick
43. Ruairidh Currie
45. Sean Fyfe
54. Craig Taylor
1. Tyler Simpson
2. Dylan Speirs
3. Liam Nisbet
4. Dylan Turner
6. Ben McLaughlin
7. Damian Wojtowicz
8. Sean Fitzpatrick
9. Aaron Morgan
10. Reece Hanley
11. John Fraser Dempster
13. Mark Greer
14. Bruno Olim
16. Zach Mauchlin
17. David Greer
18. Jay Gibb
20. James McCrimmon
Star Player
Giffnock North United BC
Hampden Weir Recreation AFC
Michael Moynihan- A skilful player who showed clever touches on the ball and was involved in a lot of his team's positive play.
John Dempster- The attacker was a handful for the Giffnock defence all morning with his strong runs. Capped off a great individual and team performance with a scintillating fourth goal.
Magic Moment
Giffnock North United BC
Hampden Weir Recreation AFC
John Dempster's goal was brilliant to watch and crowned a fantastic day for his side.
Ruairidh Currie's curling effort from wide left of the box was spectacular and was very unlucky not to give his side the lead.
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