Shetland reclaim Milne Cup

Shetland have reclaimed the Milne Cup trophy following a 2-0 victory over their oldest rivals Orkney at the Gilbertson Park on Saturday night. After losing their last three meetings with Orkney, the boys in blue finally managed to restore the bragging rights and maintain their 36-year unbeaten record against their old foes on home soil.

In-form Spurs striker Sam Maver got Shetland off to the perfect start, smashing home with just a couple of minutes on the clock after a James Aitken cross was not dealt with by an Orkney defender.

Orkney had a great chance to equalise but Saul Swanson, making his first senior county appearance, got down well to save with his legs and preserve the home side’s lead.

Shetland then had several more chances before Aitken got himself on the scoresheet, nipping in ahead of Orkney goalkeeper Cameron McConnachie and bending home from the tightest of angles to give the blues a 2-0 lead at the break.

The home side soaked up large spells of Orkney possession in the second half as the away side struggled to create and real chances of note. Shetland had a couple of openings of their own on the break however the match ended 2-0 and jubilant captain Leighton Flaws received the Milne Cup trophy off former county teammate Karl Williamson.