Rotary Youth Football Cup Final

Heston Rovers,Winners of the Rotary Cup.

Rotary Youth Football Cup Final

Rotary Youth Football Cup Final

 

The annual  Dumfries Rotary Youth Football Cup final was played at Palmerston Park on 29th April, between long-standing local rivals Heston Rovers and Lochar Thistle. This trophy has been played for over many years, currently under the expert management of Chairman Lee Sterritt and the team of Dumfries & Galloway Youth Football League. What a wonderful experience it is for these youngsters to get to play at Palmerston Park, the pitch as ever in wonderful condition after a long and highly successful season. Our thanks go to the management of Queen of the South FC for allowing us to use the famous ground for this prestigious final.

The game kicked off in dry, windy conditions, and, before the sizeable crowd had sat down and finished their hot bovrils, Heston had opened the scoring with a goal very much attributable to the  conditions, with a speculative cross from the right by Jack McQueen bamboozling his own team-mates, the Lochar defence and the unfortunate Lochar goalkeeper as the ball hung in the air before dropping tantalisingly into the Lochar goal.

As the two sides settled down and began to adapt to the tricky conditions, Lochar showed some very nice touches and close inter-play. It was, suggested some of the knowledgeable Rotarians in the crowd, almost Barcelona-like. After 15 minutes, and pressure from Lochar, they were awarded a free kick close to the edge of the Heston penalty box. As the ball flew into the box, it took a nasty little deflection, which caused the Heston keeper to fumble it. The ball bobbed around in the six yard area before Lochar