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Jun 1, 2019, 8:41 AM
Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams
Post #1 of 3
Fife and Lothians Junior Cup Final
Thornton Hibs v Livingston United, 3-2, H.T. 2-0, Att c.400, Admission £7, Programme £1, Pie and Coffee £2.50
At Creamery Park, Bathgate
The defection of so many Junior clubs to the Seniors last year has opened the way for some of the lesser lights to win some silverware this season. And so it was that Thornton Hibs and Livingston United fought out the F and L Cup Final, normally the preserve of the big guns like Linlithgow, Bonnyrigg and Kelty etc.
The match had caught the imagination of the young neds and nedesses of Thornton who travelled in large numbers, creating a raucous but good natured atmosphere. The drink flowed, we had pyro, pitch incursions and a constant wall of sound . . . not what some of the old guard like but a breath of fresh air as far as I am concerned. These people are the future of Junior football and should be actively encouraged.
Thornton were pre-match favourites and looked to have the game won by half time. Neither defence looked clever in the opening period – it may have been Thornton who got the goals but Livingston came mighty close on a couple of occasions. Both teams also seemed to have stonewall penalties turned down, both for handball.
Livingston upped their game in the second half and took the game to Thornton, clawing their way back into the game with one goal and then an improbable equaliser. Typically the referee then took centre stage with some bizarre decisions.
A Thornton player was scythed down in the corner and it looked like World War Three had broken out as players from both sides waded in. One linesman ran from the opposite side of the pitch to intervene as the three officials tried to work out what had happened. In the end the ref gave a second yellow to a Livi player – if it was for the foul then he got the wrong man. A couple of other yellows were dished out in a five minute stoppage.
Thornton then took the lead through Scott Orrock and two Thornton players earned booking for seemingly encouraging a pitch invasion from the Thornton masses. The players concerned never actually left the field of play and were simply celebrating in front of their own fans – a nonsense to book them. By this time the Livi Manager had been ordered to the grassy banking for remarks to the fourth official.
Thornton were also down to ten men by the end for a second booking – Mr White the referee is another who will doubtless climb the rankings quickly and ruin the Professional game before long.
It was a great occasion watched by around 400 – I’d say200 from Thornton, 10 Livi and 100 neutrals, at a guess. Because of the heavy rain everyone was massed in the covered enclosure. Decent pies on sale. Programme produce by the FanL JFA – home-spun but well worth the £1 asking price.
Nothing much exciting happens in Thornton these days so winning the Fife and Lothians Cup is a big thing. It means much more to clubs like this than it would to a bigger club. The game also reconfirmed where the heart and soul of non league football is – it’s in places and clubs like Thornton Hibs, not the East Kilbride’s, BSC’s Cumbernauld Colts and Spartans of this world.
First Team Star
Jun 2, 2019, 1:09 PM
Team(s): Barnet, Cockfosters, Truro City, Udinese
Post #3 of 3
Bohemian 5-3 Finn Harps
League of Ireland Prem
Adm 15 Euro Prog 4 Euro Att est 2,000
Ground is in the north-west of Dublin, a 10 min tram ride from the centre. It's clearly seen better days - just 1 1/2 sides open tonight with the home fans all in a 2,700-capacity seated covered stand stretching the length of one side and the 70 or so from Co Donegal behind the goal to the left in a smaller stand adjoining some disused terracing, which also features behind the top goal. The far side has an uncovered stand on the right, in which the red seats have turned pink, not in use (I don't know if it's used for big games) with the left-hand side being a car park.
Plenty of entertainment with Bohs going 1-0 up on 45 seconds, 1-1 on 3 mins and 2-1 on 27 (all 3 goals coming from shots hitting the woodwork and rebounding favourably for the attacker). It was 2-2 on 48, 3-2 on 51 and 4-2 on 53 with a visitng defender getting a 2nd yellow shortly after. 5-2 on 80 wit the 10 men scoring a spectacular 30 yard free kick on 87.
17 min walk back to my hotel (which adjoined Croke Park, the main Gaelic football stadium) and in the bar before 22:00.
Incidentally the next home game v Shamrock Rovers on 14/06 is already sold out.