Darvel Junior Cup winning hero insists he was 'rank rotten' but doesn't care after picking up winners' medal

-Credit: (Image: SNS Group)
-Credit: (Image: SNS Group)


Graham Wilson might have bagged a Scottish Junior Cup winning brace at Broadwood but the striker insists he was ‘rank rotten’.

His double ensured Darvel lifted the trophy for the first time in their history while it was winners’ medal no.6 for the former Auchinleck Talbot man.

His 88th minute header proved to be the difference in front of nearly 3500 fans and completed the comeback after the Vale had fallen behind on 50 minutes to Scott Anson’s opener for Arthurlie.

Despite his match-winning effort, the striker wasn’t too keen on his own performance - and insists Darvel have over-acheived this term after making it a cup double.

They defeated Pollok 2-0 on the same ground a few weeks ago to lift the West of Scotland League Cup trophy.

Wilson said: “Scoring the two goals and winning the game was special. But, to be honest, myself and the team weren’t good. I was rank rotten. I’ll take that though. I’d rather be rotten and score two than be going home without the cup.

“I don’t think anyone really expected us to get to the final. We’ve probably over-achieved by winning the West of Scotland Cup too. Two trophies is magic.”

He added: “We’ve had setbacks all season but fought back and it was like that after losing the opening goal.

“The boys have got on with it. Now we’ve made history, it’s a special occasion.”

Graham Wilson with the Scottish Junior Cup trophy -Credit:SNS Group
Graham Wilson with the Scottish Junior Cup trophy -Credit:SNS Group

As is so often the case in Junior Cup finals, the opening stages were tentative with neither side able to get a stranglehold on the contest.

The first effort of note arrived on 13 minutes when Scott Walker saw space open up in front of him but his strike from 25 yards was tame and comfortably saved by Graham Black.

At the other end, Anson’s blushes were spared when he failed to turn home a cross to the back post - but the assistant referee’s flag went up for offside anyway.

The frontman almost produced a moment of magic midway through the first half when a delicate backheel with his back to goal looped over Andy Leishman but fell harmlessly wide.

The Barrhead outfit were beginning to control proceedings but were unable to turn it into chances of note. Leishman was called upon to punch clear a Conor Bolger cross from the right flank as the Vale defence dealt with everything with relative ease.

Anson went close once more on 36 minutes when he got his head on the end of a Mark Docherty cross, but while his looped effort had Leishman worried for a split-second, the ball landed on the roof of the net.

The duo would combine to much greater effect five minutes into the second half when the skipper’s delivery into the box was nodded home by the veteran striker despite Leishman’s best efforts to claw the ball away.

After a dour first half, the action after the break was anything but with Darvel’s response being swift as Wilson poked home from close range just five minutes later. The striker was in the perfect place to roll home Leon Murphy’s ball across goal.

The Lie threatened to wrestle back their advantage on a couple of occasions as both sides went searching for a second.

Conor Bradley showed great feet to jink between a string of Darvel defenders but fired at goal from a tight angle with his effort flying over the bar.

Dylan Dykes then tried his luck moments later with a fizzing effort from outside the box.

They were made to pay for not taking those chances as Wilson sent the Darvel fans into delirium three minutes from time as he nodded home from Ross Caldwell’s cross to write his name into the club’s history books.

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