Narrow cup win

CUP WINNERS: Westland United celebrated after claiming the Bill Paterson Association Cup with a 1-0 victory over league champions Wanderers at Jenkins Park.
CUP WINNERS: Westland United celebrated after claiming the Bill Paterson Association Cup with a 1-0 victory over league champions Wanderers at Jenkins Park.

For the second time in three years, Westland United took out the end-of-season Bill Paterson Association Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory over league champions Wanderers at Jenkins Park on Sunday.

The two top teams this season went head-to-head in a thrilling final in front of a big crowd in the beautiful sunshine.

Wanderers started quickly and had the majority of the possession in the first 15 minutes with Joslyn having the best early chance as he cut back onto his left foot only for his shot to be deflected out for a corner.

Westlands then came into the game and a lofted free kick into the Blues penalty area saw a hand ball by a Wanderers defender and Papoulis coolly slotted his side foot spot kick passed the keeper and into the bottom corner to give Westland a 1-0 lead.

There weren't too many chances for the remaining half as both midfields tried to get on top.

In the second half, Wanderers looked for an equaliser as Joslyn had a header come off the post and as the ball went upfield Blues Keeper Rowlands made an unbelievable reflex save to deny Payne.

With 10 minutes to go, Wanderers pushed players forward and had several chances from a goal mouth scramble and Fellah was thwarted by a brilliant smother by Gibb in the Red Devils goal.

Westlands defended resolutely though and kept Wanderers scoreless for the first time this season to take home the cup.

Wanderers hang on to claim Reserves victory

In the Reserves, a goal two minutes from time by rising star Damien Willmott saw Wanderers defeat Westlands 1-0.

It was an even beginning to the game but Wanderers had the best of the first half chances as Willmott and McEwan went close.

In the second half both sides tried to find a breakthrough.

Dunbar was denied by Marinkovic but with two minutes to go Willmott took advantage of a defensive mix up and scored from a tight angle to seal a nail-biting 1-0 victory.