Scottish Cup glory for Harestanes

A magnificent second-half performance saw Harestanes bring the Scottish Amateur Cup, and footballing glory, back to Kirkintilloch on Saturday.

Roared on by around 2,000 supporters, Harestanes came from behind to defeat Dumbarton Academy 4-2 at Hampden, in a match that was just as exciting as the Champions League Final three days earlier.

However, the biggest day in Harestanes' history almost turned into a nightmare, when three players missed the team bus.

Kevin McGoldrick, David Keaveney and Davie Hunter were still in the bookies as the coach set off, but the three hitched a lift from a supporter and caught up with the rest of the squad outside Hampden.

Harestanes supporters, including Strathkelvin and Bearsden MP John Lyons and East Dunbartonshire Provost Robin McSkimming, were unaware of the drama as they made their way to the ground.

Thankfully, Hares put the episode behind them and did not allow it to spoil their big day.

On the park the Kirky side gave it their all. Two goals from Mark Davies, and strikes from Alan Whitson and Stephen Tennant, ensured cup glory for Harestanes.

The victory was dedicated to former player Brian Kay, who sadly died last year and is still missed by everyone associated with the club.

TRIBUTE

On the final whistle Harestanes manager Bobby Pullen paid tribute to his players and the supporters.

He said: ''I'm delighted the players have shown what they are capable of.

''Our second half performance was superb, and our magnificent supporters certainly helped us to victory.''

MP John Lyons was among the first to congratulate the players at the end of the game.

He said: ''It is a magnificent achievement when you consider almost 600 teams took part in this competition. Harestanes are a credit to the town.''

This week Provost Robin McSkimming confirmed that Harestanes would receive a civic reception.

He said: ''Harestanes achievement brings honour to the team, to Kirkintilloch and to East Dunbartonshire, but above all to the players themselves and Bobby Pullen.''

Turn to page 43 for a full match report and picture highlights of Harestanes great Scottish Cup victory at Hampden.