Cup final agony for brave Gartcosh

Gartcosh United 0 Drumchapel Ams 1 Scottish Amateur Cup Final GARTCOSH United's brave Scottish Cup bid ended in disappointment at Hampden Park on Sunday.

An Alan Russell header in the 33rd minute was enough to seal victory for Drumchapel, who lifted the coveted trophy for the first time in their history.

Bus loads of 'Cosh supporters made the trip to the national stadium for the final and were in good voice as their team walked out onto the hallowed turf.

Drumchapel, who list Sir Alex Ferguson and Scotland boss Walter Smith as former players, started the game brighter and almost took the lead in the fifth minute.

Playmaker Davie Forbes sent Peter Earl clear with a deft flick, but his low drive went inches past the post.

After a frantic opening spell, Gartcosh gradually settled down and ex-Stirling Albion midfielder Eddie Logan went close with a long-range drive.

Minutes later, central defender John Barr powered a header inches over the bar. Kris Maguire also came close, after good work by Alistair Train and Chris Power.

With so much at stake, the first goal was always going to be vitally important and it was Drumchapel who made the breakthrough 12 minutes before half-time.

Man of the match Tommy Murray embarked on a lung-bursting run down the left flank and whipped in a perfect cross for Russell, who sent a looping header past Gartcosh keeper Scott Wylie.

Gartcosh suffered another blow at the start of the second half when influential player-coach Michael Doolin was forced to go off with a suspected broken ankle.

But the North Lanarkshire side dug deep and almost grabbed an equaliser on the hour mark.

A neat passing move ended with Logan crossing for dangerman Maguire, who crashed a bullet header off the crossbar.

Drumchapel responded immediately and Forbes almost pounced on a slip by Wylie, only for Gartcosh defender Colin Smith to intervene at the last minute.

Maguire went close again in the latter stages as Gartcosh tried valiantly to find the equaliser, but Drumchapel held out for a historic win.

Despite the result, Gartcosh manager Bryan Smith heaped praise on his young side after the game.

He said: "It's a big disappointment for everyone, but it has been a fantastic achievement to reach the final.

"On the day, Drumchapel just had a bit more experience than us, but the players can be proud of their efforts.

"To win promotion and reach the Scottish Cup Final in one season speaks volumes for them. They have put this club firmly back on the map."

Gartcosh: Wylie, Train, Barr, Smith, Bowman, Power, Doolin, Logan, Kettlewell, Gray, Maguire. Subs: O'Rourke, Muir, Houston, Connerty, Houston, Prestwell.