FirParkCorner FC Lift First Silverware

Last updated : 07 September 2005 By Frazzle

The squad travelled to the Falkirk Stadium with few expectations as the previous night’s excesses began to take their toll. However, they received a boost upon arrival when it was revealed that "bogey team" Real Maroon had pulled out of the event at the eleventh hour.

As a result, there were only two teams blocking FPC’s passage through the group stage which visibly lifted Fraser’s squad.

The first game went as well as could have been hoped, with Ra Corner romping to a 4-1 victory over Braes Bairns, Tony O'Neill bagging a double to send them to the top of the group.

Fraser tried to keep his players fresh by rotating the team and the whole outfield playing staff was changed for the second match against a team picked from the backroom staff of Falkirk FC. However, it was business as usual from the Lanarkshire lads as they recorded a 5-2 win to all but wrap up qualification, with the gaffer himself notching a brace.

Braes Bairns were clearly intimidated in their second encounter with FPC, and it was no surprise that they were brushed aside 5-0 by a team who were fast-becoming favourites to take the title. With progression to the semi final already secured, FPC ensured they would remain unbeaten on the day by claiming a 1-1 draw in the final group match, courtesy of a goal by Scott Mullen.

After a short rest, the lads breezed into the final thanks to a Josy Lynas hat-trick in a 5-2 victory to set up the third meeting of the day between FirParkCorner and Braes Bairns.

Fortunately, the third game was no different to the first two. Despite the hosts taking a shock lead, it wasn't long until FPC were in the driving seat and even Gavin Hepworth got his name on the scoresheet on the way to an outstanding 9-2 victory.

It's not unfair to say that the best team on the day won the tournament, and the team have now set their sights on adding to the haul of trophies over the course of the season ahead.

The Scottish Supporters Masters Cup is by no means the main event, but winning the trophy has raised confidence in the camp to an all-time high, and the visit of Braes Bairns to the Palace Grounds next week is being more eagerly anticipated than ever.

Moan Ra Corner

Past reports and upcoming fixtures here.