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Ring in the New

By Adam McKendry

Premier Intermediate League Newington  made club history as they won their first Steel and Sons Cup final with a 1-0 Christmas morning win over defending champions Linfield Swifts at Seaview.

Padraig Scollay’s 82nd minute strike was the difference between the two teams and secured a notable first for the Belfast club, while at the same time denying the Swifts their own history.

While the game itself wasn’t the greatest in terms of a spectacle, it was a large crowd at Seaview that saw Newington emerge victorious in a tight and tense affair.

“It’s the greatest moment in the club’s history and the greatest moment in my footballing career,” Newington hero Scollay admitted.

“Hopefully we can take this into the New Year and start getting more points in the league. This is a massive lift and hopefully we’ve proven a lot of doubters wrong.”

Linfield Swifts boss Davy Dorrian said: “We’re a far better side than that. Today we were at 50% of what we’re normally at.

“I’m bitterly disappointed, but Newington deserved to win the game today. We’ll take it on the chin and move on.”

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