Star win cup tie as they take title

Coaches Ian Black and Finlay Wells with captain Blair Tolmie celebrate Newtongrange Star's title success.
Coaches Ian Black and Finlay Wells with captain Blair Tolmie celebrate Newtongrange Star's title success.

Newtongrange Star discovered they had won the Premier League last Saturday, just as they began a cup-tie penalty shoot out.

They clinched the title when rivals Ballingry lost 4-1 at Armadale, leaving ‘Nitten’ impossible to catch.

Manager Alan Miller’s strict instructions to be kept in the dark about that result during their cup game against Lochee United didn’t work.

He said: “I was pretty clear that I didn’t want any distractions from the game, we focused on winning the cup tie.

“We even asked the PA announcer not to include the half-time scores.

“Just as we were getting ready to take the penalties we had to go back to the technical area, and someone from Lochee came over and congratulated us on the league.

“I was pretty rude to him as I wanted our players focused. I hope he forgives me!”

Nitten won the penalty shoot-out, completing a great day for the club.

Alan said: “It was a fantastic day, to win the shoot-out and be told that Armadale had won, it really capped everything off.

“The relief and excitement was worth it in the end.

“We have been well backed by good crowds at home and big travelling support. There is a good relationship between the supporters and players.”

Alan was quick to thank those behind the scenes at Star: “I have to give special mention to our president Stan Adams and secretary Rob Clark – who was recently replaced by Gordon Stanners.

“Managers come and go but these people have been here for years and it’s fantastic for them and good for the community as well.

“It was a very proud day. I just want to place on record my thanks to all these people.”