Rangers to meet Celtic in cup final!

Wyresdale Rangers celebrate reaching the President's Cup final
Wyresdale Rangers celebrate reaching the President's Cup final

A SCORTON Sunday league side have created a bit of cup magic after upsetting the odds to reach a major final.

Wyresdale Rangers, who play in division three of the Lancashire Evening Post Sunday Football League, beat division one side Station East End in the semi-final of the President’s Cup, to book their place in the final which is played at Northern Premier League first division side Bamber Bridge’s QED Stadium.

It means it will be an ‘old firm’ clash in the final in April, with Rangers meeting another first division side, Plungington Celtic, who won the other semi-final beating Burscough 5-1.

Wyresdale’s famous victory was even played out in front of the national TV cameras on Sunday, with Sky Sports filming proceedings at Fulwood Amateurs’ ground as part of a feature on the FA’s ‘Respect’ programme in grass roots football.

Match referee David McNamara and officials from Wyresdale and Station were interviewed about the programme to improve discipline in the game.

When the match got under way Wyresdale immediately shocked their higher division opponents by racing to a 3-0 first half lead, Simon Williamson opening the scoring in the 22nd minute before netting again seven minutes later before Pawel Butrym grabbed a third on 35 minutes to put the Scorton team in total control.

Station East End pulled one back before the break with a penalty and then made the last half an hour a bit nervy when they got a second on 52 minutes, but the division one side were always chasing the game and Wyresdale thoroughly deserved their victory.

Sunday league president Eamonn McNamara said he was ‘delighted’ for Wyresdale, adding that the players had taken their semi-final very seriously, turning up for the game in smart suits and conducting themselves superbly in front of the TV cameras.

• The Presidents Cup final Plungington Celtic v Wyresdale Rangers will be played at Bamber Bridge FC on Wednesday, April 18, kick-off 7pm.