Pentland Ferries Football Times Cup Final

Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

Pentland Ferries Football Times Cup

Golspie Sutherland v Alness United
Saturday, 20th October, kick-off 2pm
Couper Park, Helmsdale

Golspie Sutherland and Alness United will battle it out on Saturday for the first silver ware of the season when they go head to head in the Final of the Pentland Ferries Football Times Cup. Both sides will go into the game at Couper Park full of confidence and with high hopes of lifting the trophy, as both have had a faultless starts to their respective seasons. Golspie Sutherland are no strangers to the Final of this competition having lifted the Cup on five previous occasions, included a run of three years on the trot from 2012/13 to 2014/15. Alness United on the other hand will be looking to double their Football Times Cup tally, with their solitary win coming in the final of the 2000/01 competition.


Golspie Sutherland's Road to the Final

1st Round
Golspie Sutherland 3-1 Inverness Athletic
An early first half strike from Robbie Murray along with a double in the second half from Graham MacNab helped Golspie Sutherland ease to a 3-1 victory over Inverness Athletic in the 1st round of the Football Times Cup

Quarter Final
Golspie Sutherland 2-1 Nairn County U20s
Golspie Sutherland booked their place in the last four with a win against Nairn County U20s at King George V Park. Marc Coghill put the host in front just before the break before a Robbie Murray strike just after the hour mark put Golpsie well in control of the Cup tie. Nairn’s Youngsters fought back and made the final 10 minutes of the game interesting when Angus Davidson found the net, but Golspie held on for the win.

Semi Final
Golspie Sutherland 4-0 Lewis & Harris

Golspie Sutherland got the better of their Island visitors Lewis & Harris in the Football Times Cup Semi Final, avenging their Quarter Final defeat to same side in last season’s competition. Graham MacNab was first to get his name on the score sheet for the home side when he netted after half an hour. A strike from young Robbie Murray quickly followed to give the Sutherland Club a commanding half time lead and give Lewis & Harris an uphill task in the second half. Goals from Sandy Sutherland and Ben Sinclair, his fourth in all competitions at the time, followed in the second half for the home side to book Golspie Sutherland a place in the Football Time Cup Final


Alness United v Thurso
Picture Credit - Scott Macdonld

Alness United's Road to the Final

Quarter Final
Invergordon 1-2 Alness United

Alness United’s excellent start to the season continued, as they knocked Invergordon out of the Football Times Cup. Mickey Rae scored the only goal of an even first half when he found the net 5 minutes before the break. Invergordon were to find a way back into the match not long after half time through Ken Morrison but the score line was not level for long as Mark Lamount netted for the visitors to secure the win and a place in the Semi Finals.

Semi Final
Alness United 5-1 Thurso
Alness United booked their place in Football Times Cup Final after a resounding 5-1 victory over Thurso at Culbokie Park. Mark Lamont started off the scoring for the home side, netted with only 8 minutes on the clock to give the hosts the perfect start. That lead was doubled 20 minutes later when Jack Mackay found the back of the net and give Alness a decent half time lead. United increased their lead shortly after the break when a Mark Lamont strike doubled his tally for the afternoon and put his side firmly in control of this cup tie. Thurso striker Steven Morris did pull a goal back and in the last twenty minutes while The Vikings were pushing to get a second goal, that man Lamont rounded off a good afternoon’s work for both him and his club when he completed his hat trick. To compound Thurso's misery, Benn Murray scored an own goal with five minutes left.


Managers Thoughts

Golspie Sutherland Manager Andrew Banks, "“I am delighted with our start to the season as defensively we have been strong, so hopefully we can continue this against Alness who we know are a good footballing side. We always find Alness to be a tricky opponent and their results this season shows they are in excellent form and scoring plenty of goals, so we will have to be on top of our game. We were disappointed last season not to win a trophy, so this is a great opportunity for us to set our season up to be a successful one, although Alness will be thinking the same no doubt”.

Alness United Assistant Manager Willie Stewart, “Everyone at Alness United is looking forward to Saturdays Cup Final. It’s a big game for the club and one that all the lads are up for. We have started the season very well, but so have Golpsie, so we know its going to be a very tough game but defiantly one that we are relishing. "


Match Details

Last time out:
Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League
Invergordon 0-2 Golspie Sutherland
Bunillidh Thistle 2-7 Alness United

Form this season:
Golspie Sutherland – W W W W
Alness United – W W W W W

Food and Drink:
Bunillidh Social Club will be open before, during and after the match for food and refreshments

Sunny intervals and a moderate breeze – 140

Match officials:
Referee - Graham John
Assistant Referee One - TBC
Assistant Referee Two - TBC