This years William Taylor Cup Final saw a shock as Valspar FC recorded a 2-1 win over heavily fancied opponents, Bonnyton Thistle. The two sides had only met once before the final, in the league, with Thistle running away 5-1 winners over their cup final opponents.
Thistle were also 2nd in the table in comparison to Valspar who sat in 4th.
Thistle kicked off the 2 O' clock match at a sunny Dam Park, shooting right to left. The first 15 minutes of the match was a tight affair, with both sides getting a feel of each other and the pitch.
It took until the 19th minutes for the first real chance of the game to occur. Graham Anderson picking up the ball in midfield and taking a speculative effort from 40 yards which just went over the top of the bar.
Thistle then replied with a chance of their own a minute later, with Ciaran Perry cutting in on the left wing and delivering a dangerous ball to Jamie Mackay. However, the number 10 was unable to reach the ball and the attack fizzled out.
Another chance came to Valspar in the 22nd minute, with the ball falling to Fraser Dempsey on the edge of the box. However, the striker could only hit the shot over the bar as the game remained 0-0.
The quality of the two defences was the one of the main reasons the game stayed goalless. More specifically, the quality of the two opposing centre back’s Thistle’s Stuart Lindsay and Valspar’s Ryan McCrone especially, both of which made key tackles and blocks throughout the half.
The last action of the half, 45+ 2, saw a Valspar free-kick come through a sea of bodies and hit the bar but Thistle managed to clear and the first half ended 0-0.