South Scene with John McNaught

Galloway Gazette football corrspondent John McNaught reviews the South of Scotland League Cup Final between St Cuthbert Wanderers from Kirkcudbright and Hamilton’s Edusport Academy played last Saturday.

St Cuthbert Wanderers 1 Edusport Academy 3

There was only one match scheduled to be played last Saturday with the final of the South of Scotland League Cup taking place at New King Edward Park, Lockerbie on the new synthetic 3G pitch.

This was a good game which attracted a large crowd with it being the only match being played at the weekend. There did not look to be much between the two finalists, but with this being Edu’s first opportunity to land silverware in their first season in south football they started the game as slight favourites to do so.

Their three-one win on the day made history for the club with the team winning their first ever trophy. Saints, however, took the lead in the first half through striker Roman Soltys but Edu levelled the match when Alaneddine Riahi found the net for the team mainly consisting of French youths.

In the second half, Edu were by far the better team playing some good attacking football and with Saints having to defend for most of the time, Chariff Haifi and Quentin Fouley scored to seal victory and decide the South’s first silverware of the season.