It was a night of two cup finals and both involved new league champion, Tom Burns. First up was the Association Cup, a trophy not previously won by either competitor, Tom Burns and Dave Gladman. It turned out to be a rather one-sided affair with Burns running out 4-1 winner. Gladman had started well but indecision after a corner led to loss of possession and Burns racing upfield to take the lead. Then just before half-time carelessness by Gladman’s kicking goalkeeper left a simple tap-in for Burns. Thereafter the decision by Gladman to press forward resulted in frequent errors which Burns was able to further exploit. Burns played well in this match and thoroughly deserved the win but poor decision-making and careless play contributed to Gladman’s downfall. The match was never the close contest that was expected.
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With the League and Cup double in the bag for Burns, the possibility was there for a treble if he could add the Glasgow Cup to his spoils. First Burns had to play Dave Houston in the semi-final. Houston had been showing good form recently with league victories and the famous draw against Dave Butler. Burns found it difficult against the old campaigner but eventually broke his resistance with five minutes remaining.
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So to the final where Colin Day was waiting. This was another close encounter and a single goal was enough to win the cup. Burns’ block flicking had been excellent in his previous two matches and it was again for most of this match. But it was a bad choice of block flick which allowed Day the space for the shooting opportunity which resulted in that single goal. Burns did have chances to equalise but Day also had chances to go further ahead. Day held possession well throughout the match and probably just deserved this cup win. For Burns, the treble was lost. Having played two pressure matches earlier in the evening, this was perhaps a match too far.
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There was also some league action tonight. Willie Fleming returned to the club with a win against Baver Bari. He had to work for it though, recovering from a half-time deficit to win 3-2. Bari lost in a second match, this time against Dave Houston who confirmed his recent good form with a 2-0 win.
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