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The Scottish Welfare Football Association (SWFA) is an affiliated association of the Scottish Football Association. It was formed at the end of the First World War to boost morale among factory workers. Historically, over 500 clubs competed in Welfare competitions; however, this has dwindled over the years to fewer than 200 currently and we’re presently looking to expand this once more.
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McD-76 Cup Final Result -
Blackthorn 5-1 Sporting Lithgows
Brad Smith (2)
Having secured the league title and the earlier contested Ridgedoc Cup, Blackthorn secured the treble with an emphatic victory in the McD-76 Cup Final. 🏆🏆🏆
Lithgows enjoyed the best of the opening minutes with stopper Les Koekenbier called into action on a couple of occasions but with 12 mins on the clock Blackthorn took the lead when McGraw's fine cross was headed home by front man Jamie McCabe. Having taken the lead, Thorn looked to push on but were pegged back when Brunton was adjudged to have barged Darren McColl on the edge of the box and a penalty was awarded with the Thorn defence claiming the foul was outside the area. Docherty stepped up from the spot and saw his penalty saved by Flying Dutchman Koekenbier but the taker was on hand to convert the rebound. With the score levelled the ever energetic Brad Smith came to life and before long he put Blackthorn ahead, firing home following a neat one-two with strike partner McCabe. With half time approaching, Smith grabbed his second to extend the lead.
With a two goal half time lead, Thorn looked in control but knew that the next goal would be crucial against a talented Lithgows side. However, within 10 minutes of the restart Sporting's task became even tougher as Docherty received his second yellow card of the evening. To their credit, Lithgows battled well after the sending off but with 15 mins remaining centre back Andy Brunton rose to head home his 11th goal of the season ending any chance of a comeback. In the closing minutes Rovers added a fifth to pad the scoreline as Smith flashed the ball across goal towards substitute Cameron and the Lithgows centre back diverted the ball into his own net.
Overall, a fine victory for the Blue Brazil against a strong Lithgows side and attentions will now turn to the one remaining cup competition with the chance of a quadruple 🏆🏆🏆🏆. Special mention to Andy Brunton who picked up the man of the match award and Brad Smith who produced his best performance of the season.
Thorn lineup: Koekenbier; McNeil (McAllister), Harkin, Wiggins, Brunton; Hunter, Jordan (Barnes), Bradley (Cameron), McGraw; McCabe (McCurdy), Smith (Mullen).
Blackthorn thank kit sponsor Koekibar (www.Koekibar.com) and general sponsor McD-76 Personlised Gifts for continued support ... See MoreSee Less