Loanhead triumph in Race Cup

race cup final'loanhead parish church fc 2 v 1 broxburn
race cup final'loanhead parish church fc 2 v 1 broxburn

Loanhead Parish Church FC clinched the Race Cup final with a 2-1 win over Broxburn.

The game started off very scrappily with both teams trying to get a hold on the game, but it was Broxburn who took the lead in the 19th minute with a free kick on the edge of the box.

The lively Broxburn number 9 curled the ball round the wall and into the net, leaving keeper James McGahey no chance.

This seemed to fire the Parish in to life, and they soon got level in the 25th minute. Centre half John Livingstone won the ball on the halfway line and strolled forward before unleashing a thunderbolt from 30 yards, which flew in to the top corner of the net for 1-1.

Parish top scorer Graham Hare was a handful for the Broxburn defence, and it was no surprise when, in the 35th minute, the Broxburn centre half hauled him to the ground inside the box and the ref pointed to the spot.

Hare took the spot kick himself and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1.

In the second half, the Parish looked to kill the game and, on 55 minutes, a beautifully-flighted free kick by Chris Fortune was taken on the volley by Alan Duffin, forcing the keeper into a good save.

Broxburn pushed for an equaliser, but could not find a way past the strong Parish defence. With 10 minutes to go, the Parish went five in midfield to see the game out, but in the final minute the ball broke to Broxburn’s number 9 and his snap shot was brilliantly saved by keeper McGahey to give the Parish the win.

Next week, the Parish host Gorgie in a title decider at Tinpan, Loanhead – kick-off 10am.