Scottish Junior Cup joy for Darvel as Graham Wilson double secures club's first title

Graham Wilson was the Darvel hero as the frontman netted twice to secure the Scottish Junior Cup trophy for the first time in the club's history as they defeated Arthurlie 2-1 at the Broadwood Stadium.

The striker helped turn the game on its head after the Barrhead outfit had taken a deserved lead in the early stages of the second half through Scott Anson.

But it was Wilson, and Darvel, who were celebrating at the final whistle after the striker twice netted from close range - including his 88th minute winner.

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 effort from 25 yards was tame and comfortably saved by Graham Black. At the other end, Scott 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 ultimately 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 an enticing 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 with Broadwood erupting into cheers.

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 to get the Vale back into the contest. The striker was in the perfect place to roll home Leon Murphy's ball across goal after the winger was teed up by Mark Sideserf.

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 elected for the more difficult option as he fired at goal from a tight angle with his effort flying over the bar. Dylan Dykes then tried his luck moments later with his fizzing effort from outside the box stinging the hands of Leishman.

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

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