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The drinks are on Kevin as Groats boss celebrates cup win


By Matt Leslie


Wick Groats manager Kevin Anderson receives a memento of the match from Hugh Morrison, president of the Scottish AFA Highland executive committee. Picture: James Gunn
Wick Groats manager Kevin Anderson receives a memento of the match from Hugh Morrison, president of the Scottish AFA Highland executive committee. Picture: James Gunn

Wick Groats boss Kevin Anderson might have been nursing the hangover from hell this week if he lived up to his planned cup final celebrations.

Anderson saw his side win the Highland Amateur Cup final against Avoch 1-0 thanks to Graham MacNab's first-minute strike.

The victory wraps up a clean sweep of all the trophies available to Groats this season – their second grand slam.

For Anderson, the mixture of both joy and relief was there for all to see and he wasn't too shy in revealing how this fantastic achievement would be celebrated.

He said: "I think a few vodkas might be consumed and some cigarettes as well.

"It has been a brilliant season. I've played down the grand slam talk throughout the campaign and I'll have to talk about it now that we've gone and done it.

"To do it once I thought would be a one-off. I never believed that us or somebody else would do it again. For us to be the team to do just that is remarkable.

"I think this one is more special because in 2015 we actually lost a game during the league title race. No-one has beaten us at all this time around.

"This final was a hard-fought one. Graham MacNab probably shouldn't have been playing as he was struggling with a calf injury.

"But he said he was available and he not only got the winning goal but ran his socks off. He deserved to be man of the match.

"The rest of the boys were brilliant as well – every one of them."

Graham MacNab probably shouldn't have been playing

It was Groats' fourth Highland Amateur Cup triumph, continuing a proud record of success for Caithness clubs in the tournament.

A disconsolate Avoch player/manager Martyn MacAllister paid tribute to his side.

He said: "First of all, congratulations to Wick Groats on winning the cup.

"We worked hard but one or two things just didn't come off for us. We lost an early goal and although we tried to get back into it, we couldn't.

"We had that great chance in the second half with Struan [MacArthur] having a free header. Had that gone in then who knows?

"But I've got to thank the lads for all their hard work this season in getting us to the final. Unfortunately, it wasn't our day."

Groats' Sean Stewart in an aerial duel with Kyle Maclean in front of a packed grandstand. Picture: James Gunn
Groats' Sean Stewart in an aerial duel with Kyle Maclean in front of a packed grandstand. Picture: James Gunn


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