Saturday, May 15, 2010

Two Cup Finals. Two underdogs going for glory. It would usually be great for us to watch, but we couldn't really enjoy the Scottish Cup Final this afternoon with East Fife's Scottish Cup record on the line. No cheering on the underdogs for us in that one. It was Dundee United all the way.

Thankfully our proud record still remains and the black and gold are still the only club outside of the top flight to win the Scottish Cup.

David Goodwillie's fabulous lob on 61 minutes not only sent the Arabs into rapture but the Fife fans as well. When Craig Conway, who had been having a great match, added a second with fifteen minutes remaining, then we could all breathe a collected sigh of relief. A third, and a second from 'Man of the Match' Conway, with five minutes left had us wondering what we were worried for in the first place! 3-0 to Dundee United. Easy really.

Ross Country had such a great run to the final, claiming the SPL scalps of Hibs and Celtic on the way. They fell just short in the end, but they covered themselves in so much glory. Their fans will have memories for the rest of their lives. They deserve all the plaudits they get.

Whether the Dingwall side can now take that further step and play with the top clubs every week in the SPL, well that's their challenge now and good luck to them.

It's still galling of course to see a club like Ross County come into league football just sixteen seasons ago, climb through the ranks and overtaking us on the way whilst we have just stood still. Shows what can be done though and it's an inspiration for the rest of us, especially as they haven't splashed big cash to do it.

In England there was another Cup Final going on apparently! Chelsea did the double in a game where the 'Man of the Match' award looked like going to the Portsmouth crossbar, closely followed by David James.

Chelsea eventually ran out 1-0 winners, with Portsmouth missing a vital penalty just minutes before the Blues scored the decisive goal.

It had been pretty much one way traffic, with Chelsea hitting the bar four times in the first half and the post once. When Pompey won a penalty on 57 minutes after Aruna Dindane was brought down in the box, it looked like maybe it was going to be the underdogs day.

A shocking penalty from Kevin Prince-Boateng was saved by Petr Cech's feet and two minutes later Didier Drogba had the ball in the net for the only goal of the game.

Frank Lampard missed a penalty as well with three minutes remaining, which was just as it was never a penalty in the first place, and the team with the highest percentage of unlikeable players in world football triumphed once again. Shame.

So no shocks today and in the end, both underdogs were deservedly beaten.

East Fife's achievement is being tested more and more though. Three First Division clubs have now made the Scottish Cup Final in the past five seasons. Gretna came oh so close in 2006, with only penalties saving us. Queen of the South lost to the odd goal in five two years later and now Ross Country have fallen short.

You would think that someone is going to match us at some point, but so far, so good. Maybe we should just set a new record ourselves to save us the worry! Win it from the third tier of Scottish football.


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