Final agony for Greenlaw

Greenlaw on the attack against Gala Rovers in the Waddell Cup.
Greenlaw on the attack against Gala Rovers in the Waddell Cup.
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GALA ROVERS 3 GREENLAW 0: Greenlaw player/manager Lawrie Dunn has vowed to stay on next season at Happer Park - despite being sent off in the club’s Waddell Cup final loss to Gala Rovers.

Playing on home turf, Greenlaw were well in the game until Dunn was shown a red card in the 55th minute by referee Raymond Hume for a second booking after a foul on Des Sutherland in the penalty area. The subsequent spot kick was converted by Andy Hardie.

Just a minute later, the home support were incensed as whistler Hume failed to award a spot kick at the other end for a foul on Jake Galbraith, with Greenlaw also claiming that Rovers defender Shane Greene should have been sent off following a confrontation with William Smillie.

Dunn said: “It was a very even match and we had created the best chances up until my sending off.

“However, I am very proud of the players. We managed to win eight of our last ten league games to stay in Division A, and have reached our first Waddell Cup final in 40 years.

“I have already told the players I am staying here next season and I am looking forward to it.”

Trailing 1-0 and with ten men, Greenlaw were already facing an uphill task before Sutherland fired home to make it 2-0 to Gala on the hour. Greenlaw continued to push to get back into the game and Dean Carruthers should have scored from six yards out, only to knee over Sean Spoor’s inviting free kick, while William Smillie went close. But four minutes from time, Sutherland grabbed his 73rd goal of an incredible season with a fine strike high into the net.

Greenlaw: Catlin, Burns (Redpath 80), Long, Dunn, Culham, R Smillie, Smith, Spoor, W Smillie, Carruthers, Galbraith.