CUP FINAL 2009 WINNERS - TPHD!

It has been a rollercoaster season for Trinity Possil. Throughout the course of the year, the team has at times struggled to get eleven players on the park yet has also tasted success in the cup. To re-cap last season’s climax, TPHD gained promotion from Division 3 as runners up. They also had a healthy involvement in the latter stages of both cup competitions but their search for silverware ultimately proved fruitless. As a result, the team’s objectives for this season were to survive in the second tier of the Churches league while seeking that elusive first trophy.

Life in Division 2 began with a stutter and the team found it difficult to perform consistently. Though Possil were capable of producing some great results, they often struggled to replicate this form each week. While in Division 3 an average performance was acceptable, the team soon discovered that this was no longer adequate. By Christmas, Trinity had reached the safety of mid-table but seemed unlikely to mount a challenge for the title.

However, with the New Year came new resolve and TPHD found the second wind they so badly needed.  Wins against top sides Burnside Blairbeth and Queens Park Baptist fostered self belief within the squad as they rapidly rose up the league table. Meanwhile, they also made encouraging progress in the Billy Frame Memorial Cup (Division 2 cup), vanquishing Hope Hall, Queens Park Baptist and Mure Memorial on the way to the final.

However after a number of slip ups, among them a costly defeat to bottom side Irvine Nazarene, Trinity saw their chances of winning the title dwindle. Though they provided a strong challenge to leaders Queens Park Baptist, they were just shy of securing the league title. Queens Park secured the championship on the last day with a 1-0 win over TPHD.

However this disappointment did not taint the taste of victory in the Division 2 cup. Despite making hard work of the final, TPHD were the superior side throughout and eventually triumphed over Kilsyth Community Church by 3 goals to 2. In winning the trophy, the team ended their 3 year wait for their first title. Hopefully there will be many others to follow.

As this season ends, so does Trinity’s involvement in the league. With Douglas and Mark hanging up their boots, there is no longer any church involvement in the team. However to avoid the team folding, St Silas Episcopal Church will be taking over responsibility for its organisation. We wish them all the very best for future seasons!

 

Photo : Mark, Dougie and Allan with the Trophy

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