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Northend Thistle 5
Copperwheats Knockout Cup
Northend Thistle have secured a historic place in what is believed to be their first ever cup final.
The Lochranza team, who finished second bottom of the league, will take on the 2018 league and double cup winners Southend in the Copperwheats Knockout Cup final today (Saturday).
They secured their place with a fine 5-2 win over Shiskine in the semi-final on Monday night and are expected to bring a big travelling support from the north for their dream day at Ormidale Park in Brodick where there is a 3pm kick-off.
Both teams had strong line ups in a bid to make a final flourish in the last competition of the year but Shiskine started the brighter and were 1-0 up early on as Jordan Crawford’s shot from close range was fumbled by goalkeeper Stuart Lawson.
The visitors had doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Connor Jack made a great run through and coolly slotted the ball into the corner. David Jameson came on off the bench late in the first half and made an immediate impact scoring with his first touch to make it 2-1 going into half-time.
In the second half Northend looked like a different team and scored the equaliser from an Andy McNamara header. Bryan McCallum made it 3-2 before Jameson got his second of the match and made the score 4-2 to the home side. McCallum also got a brace when he scored late on to finish the scoring at 5-2.
Jamie McClaren of Northend was given the man of the match for some great runs down the left wing and swinging in some great deliveries.
Meanwhile, Southend had an easier passage to the final as Brodick were unfortunately unable to field a team this week in the other semi-final giving their opponents the tie.
Southend are also expected to bring a big support to final and with other neutral football fans it should be quite a day at Orimdale Park.
Heading: Southend take the top spot to be crowned league champions
Arran Dairies League
Southend were crowned champions on Thursday night after overcoming Brodick in a tough and scrappy game at the Ormidale Park.
Ryan Armstrong and Lewis Kennedy were on the score sheet for the away team to bring the Arran Dairies League cup back to the Southend for a second year in a row.
Southend won all of their games in the league this year and in doing so they only conceded two goals. Despite a lot of the other teams struggling this year manager Danny Head said that they can only beat what is in front of them and a lot of the young boys had gone up a level in the last year and were developing into brilliant young players.
Martin Hynes of Arran Dairies presented the Arran Dairies Shield to Southend captain Ryan Armstrong following the final game.
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Final Arran Dairies League table
P W L D F A +/- PTS
Southend 8 8 0 0 44 2 +42 24
Brodick 8 5 3 0 37 17 +20 15
Lamlash 8 5 3 0 33 19 +14 15
Northend 8 1 7 0 9 45 -36 3
Shiskine 8 1 7 0 8 46 -38 3
The victorious Northend side that will now face Southend in the Copperwheats Knockout Cup. No_B34footyW01
Shiskine were knocked out of the Copperwheats Knockout Cup by a rejuvenated Northend who have now advanced to the finals. No_B34footyW02
Martin Hynes of Arran Dairies presents league champion winners, Southend, with the Arran Dairies Shield. Receiving it on behalf of the team is Southend captain Ryan Armstrong. Not pictured: Joe McHugh, Neil Lucas and Willie Sillars. No_B34footyW03