Spurs defeat Whalsay to lift Fraser Cup

Spurs defeated Whalsay 6-2 in the Fraser Cup final on Saturday night to claim their third piece of silverware this season. Goals from Sam Ward (2), Sam Maver, Sean Maver, Cameron Gibbs and Scott Morrison clinched the title for the town side with Whalsay hitting back through Ian Simpson and Magnus Thompson.

 

This year’s Fraser Cup came to a climax on Saturday night with Whalsay and Spurs facing each other on a damp and dreary evening at Fraser Park. Both sides were missing a number of key players, with the Bonnie Isle side perhaps worse-off, lining up without the likes of captain Richard Arthur.

Spurs started on the front-foot and it was clear that the pace of wingers Sam and Sean Maver coupled with the guile of Sam Ward in the middle were going to cause Whalsay all sorts of problems on the night. Dominic Mann was also key to the town side’s early domination, holding up the ball well and feeding in the pacey runners from deep.

Before Whalsay could catch their breath, they found themselves 2 goals down and already facing an uphill battle. The first came through Cameron Gibbs who raced through to open the scoring before Sam Ward netted an excellent second.

And just minutes later, the Milkbags added a third when Sean Maver managed to get himself on the scoresheet. Whalsay were struggling to get a hold of the game but midfield veteran Ian Simpson was working tirelessly in the middle of the park in an attempt to thwart the Spurs onslaught.

And midway through the half, Simpson was rewarded for his efforts when he managed to pull a goal back for the Isles side. The midfielder picked up the ball 20 yards out and sent a shot goal wards that somehow managed to evade Grant Wood’s attempt at the save.

But as soon as Whalsay had thought they had carved a way back into the game, Spurs were once again out of sight after a brilliant goal on the counter attack. Whalsay won a freekick on the edge of the Spurs area but the ball was struck into the wall and two passes later, including a superb switch from Ward, Spurs were 4-1 up through Sam Maver.

The second half continued in similar vein to the first with Spurs looking dominant all over the park. James Johnston was pulling the strings in midfield and the Maver brothers were looking dangerous every time they were fed in down the flanks.

However it was Whalsay that managed to get the match’s sixth goal through youngster Magnus Thompson. The silky midfielder robbed Nathan McDonald in midfield and lashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner past Wood.

But similarly to their first goal, Whalsay were unable to build on their second and found themselves 3 goals behind once again when Ward excellently notched his second of the game.

The game was then put out of sight with 15 minutes to go when Scott Morrison came off the bench to score Spurs’ sixth. An excellent cross field ball from Johnston was taken down well by Morrison and the winger finished calmly past Stuart Manson in the Whalsay goal.

The game was brought to a close without further incident, with Spurs winning 6-2 and bagging their second piece of major silverware of the season. Ian Simpson and Stuart Manson were pick of the bunch for the Whalsay side but man of the match were to the imperious Ward.