Trophy winners in Ayrshire

WHAT a week for Cumbernauld United. Last Wednesday they entertained Kilsyth Amateurs, bossed by former United star James Meechan in a very competitive game running out winners by five goals to nil.

What was pleasing about this game were the performances put in by manager McInally's new young signings. Goals from youngster Paul McLaughlin with a hat-trick, and Andy Scott were all class strikes from good leading up work.

This was the ideal preparation for their journey to New Cumnock on Saturday where Glenafton hosted a tournament from the Joe Meldrum Cup involving United and Girvan Juniors.

United did themselves proud beating Girvan 4-0 and then drew 0-0 with hosts Glenafton to lift the trophy which was presented to proud captain Jas Juttla in the Glenafton Social Club.

United really did themselves proud and their small band of supporters were overjoyed seeing United win their first trophy for some years.

The game against Super League Girvan was won due to sheer hard work and effort from the whole team. With lots of pace up front United gave Girvan a hard match and deserved to lead 1-0 at half time through a screamer from Steve O'Keane.

In the second half Girvan tried hard to get back into the game, but Juttla and his co-defenders kept them well at bay. United kept up their attacking play and went 2-0 up when Andy Scott was upended in the box. Andy took the spot kick himself and made no mistake with his effort. A couple of minutes later Eddie McGuiness made it 3-0 and from a Barry Tulloch cross, Chris McGinty made it 4-0, to complete the scoring. The only black spot was keeper Alan Colquhoun being carried off after collision with a Girvan forward and being taken to hospital.

The final game against hosts Glenafton proved tough, but United played well enough to prove they could compete with them and although Glenafton had already beaten Girvan 1-0 in the first game, United won the tournament by virtue of goals scored and being unbeaten.

Next up is the start of the Abercorn Sectional League Cup. Tonight (Wednesday) United face Dunipace at Westfield in Denny, kick off 7 p.m. A good run in this competition would do them no harm at all. Saturday coming United are at home to Rob Roy – always an interesting game. So go on down to Guy's Meadow and support the lads.