Rob Roy boss wants cup win to be just the start

Celebrations after Rob Roy's shoot out win over Shettleston
Celebrations after Rob Roy's shoot out win over Shettleston

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy boss Stewart Maxwell says he hopes last weekend cup triumph can trigger renewed interest in the club.

Rabs clinched their first cup for 43 years with a dramatic penalty shoot out win over Shettleston after their Exselgroup Group Sectional League Cup final had ended 0-0.

The club hasn't found it easy to maintain the support of people in the town following the closure of Adamslie Park and the move - albeit temporarily - to Cumbernauld.

But Maxwell, himself a former player and a local man, hopes Sunday's success can be the catalyst to persuade more people to sit up and take notice of the hard work going on behind the scenes to maintain and develop the club's community infrastructure.

He said: "It's fantastic to win a cup ... just to see what it means to so many people. It was a great day which will live with me forever. I'm just so proud of the players.

"It wasn't a classic by any means, in fact it was probably our poorest performance of the season. In the first half we played well but in the second half we got a bit slack and when we went down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes we just had to dig in.

"But they did that and still looked dangerous on the counter attack and when it went to penalties I was so confident because Jordan Brown is such a good shot stopper and I always felt he could save a couple."

But Maxwell knows nothing stands still in football and the task which awaits him and his players now is to build on their trophy triumph and establish themselves as a force in the Super League.

Rob Roy welcome Hurlford to Guy's Meadow on Saturday boasting a 100 per cent league record - in fact the only game they haven't won in regulation time this season is last week's final.

But the Kirkintilloch side got off to a similar flying start before postponements and injuries took their toll and in the end had to battle to avoid being dragged into a relegation dogfight towards the end of the season.

Maxwell therefore knows the value of getting as many points on the board as quickly as possible to ensure consolidation of their top flight status and believes cup success can help his players achieve that.

He said: "It's tremendous for the players to now know what it feels to win a tournament. That's a massive psychological boost which hopefully will galvanise them and put them in good stead for the rest of the season.

"It's been an experience I'll never forget but in one sense I'm glad it's over because it means who can now concentrate on the league and we have a big game coming up against Hurlford.

"But it's been tremendous for everyone ... the players, the staff the fans. There are supporters here in their eighties who haven't seen us win a cup since they were in their fifties, there are younger fans who have never seen the club win a cup.

"I know what it means to them because I am local myself and the people here know just what this club means to me. They know I'm not here for the money but because of what I feel for the club.

"There were almost 700 fans at the final and I swear 500 of them must have been Rob Roy fans. There were guys there I haven't seen at Rob Roy for years.

"It would be great if our success means more people in the town sit up and take notice up us and what we are trying to achieve and hopefully the experience of going to and winning a cup final can be the catalyst to getting people back to see us on a regular basis."