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Saints lose out in dramatic end to Marshall Trophy final

Easthall Star 2

Oban Saints 2

Jimmy Marshall Cup – final

Easthall win 3-2 on penalties

LAST Friday night at Fullarton Park, Tollcross, Oban Saints had the Scottish Amateur Football League Jimmy Marshall Trophy snatched from their grasp thanks to a 93rd-minute equaliser and a penalty shootout defeat to Premier Division One Easthall Star. Saints will lament a succession of missed opportunities to make safe a game which they dominated for the most part, however, the dogged determination of Star to take something from a season which saw them relegated for the first time in their 26-year history was not to be denied.

After struggling for numbers over the past few weeks, Saints manager Alex Craik’s biggest problem was who to leave out as a full squad reported for Saints’ fourth Jimmy Marshall Trophy final appearance in five seasons.

After the traditional introduction of players and match officials to Scottish Amateur Football League President Matt Armstrong, Saints kicked off playing into the low sun and were given an immediate warning that they were in for a game. Star worked a throw-in from just inside their own half on the left quickly up to pacy left winger Colin Gilmour, who cut inside Matthew Kelly and flashed a low left foot shot across Thomas McCulloch and inches wide of the Saints keepers’ left hand post.

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