Largs Thistle 2008s 3, Valspar FC 2008s 2

It was a case of ten man heroics from Largs who won the Wallace Gemmell Cup with a fantastic victory in the final which will live long in the memory.

A historic day saw the 2008 Largs Thistle team bring home their first piece of silverware - never an easy feat for any team, let alone one in their first season.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: A thumping header!A thumping header! (Image: Marc Turner)

Having fought off some strong competition earlier in the campaign, Largs met Ayr side Valspar FC in the final, taking a large and vocal crowd with them to Kilwinning for a winner takes all game with the Wallace Gemmell Cup up for grabs as the main prize.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Thistle showed their mettle!Thistle showed their mettle! (Image: Marc Turner)

A strong start saw Largs with most of the possession, and it wasn’t long before on form striker Alex Renton had the ball in the net - a deft lob of the keeper from close range.

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Thistle maintained their pressure, leaving Valspar with very few chances on goal, meaning their equaliser against the run of play stunned the Largs support.

Largs didn’t wait long to restore their lead, a set piece corner and a well placed header from defender Jayden McBlain leaving the Valspar keeper no chance.

Following the break Valspar again found an equaliser, and things got even more uncomfortable for Largs when captain Cammy Greenham was sent off, the referee deciding that a last-man tackle was worthy of a straight red card, and not simply a 50-50 tangling of feet which brought both boys tumbling. 

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The reduction down to 10 men galvanised the Thistle team, and shortly afterwards, a John Cole strike had them back on top with a 3-2 lead. Thistle could have added another in the dying seconds - with Cameron Blair denied twice by the Valspar keeper.

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There were jubilant scenes at the end for Thistle, with players, coaches and fans enjoying what they hope will be the first of many cups to come.

 

After the game, and once back home to Barrfields Park, the youth team did a lap of honour, parading the cup to cheers from local supporters at the half time break of Thistle men’s teams match against Hurlford United.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Team effort - Thistle kids proudly display the winning trophyTeam effort - Thistle kids proudly display the winning trophy (Image: Marc Turner)

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Photos by Marc Turner