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Alba Cup 2011 – It heads for the Highlands!

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The second piece of silverware that should have been the first to be settled has now been settled – it has been a weather affected season! The ALBA cup for SFL clubs has seen Ross County take silverware north as the northern team beat the southern one in a very one-sided contest that saw Queen of the South really lose the game in the first half. Andrew Barrowman and Iain Vigurs got the goals in the first half that saw off Queen’s challenge.

Barrowman opened the scoring in 9 minuets with a well taken shot from 6 yards whilst Vigurs killed the game in the 39th from 12 yards following a well placed Michael Gardyne cross. Truth be told Queens were hardy in the game and struggled throughout their only attack of note deep in the second half when Ryan McGuffie tried from distance.

County lifted the cup in the Perth sunshine and will hope that this lifts them up the league in terms of form and points. They certainly looked the hungrier and better placed side as they dominated the game. The Doonhamers were a shadow of the side that has given Kenny Brannigan a secure spot just below the championship contenders in the First. County will, of course, hope that the winning of the Cup does not come as a curse. There are many who have won the Cup and then seen their league form slide and even be relegated whilst having a piece of national silverware in the cupboard! First to find out will be Partick Thistle who entertain the Staggies first in the league following the cup victory.

In the meantime it was nice to see County lift a piece of silverware this year having entertained us all so much last year on the way to another national final that ended in their disappointment. For Queen of the South it is another experience for an SFL Club who have achieved a national final without winning it but brought great focus and credit to their club. Unfortunately the experience was not added to by a performance and Morton will be hoping when they come a calling next in the league they find a team down on their luck rather than wounded in pride that hits straight back at the very first target…

Written by Donald C. Stewart

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