Newbuildings lift NW Senior Cup after penalty shootout

NORTH-WEST CHAMPS!. . . .Newbuildings FC celebrate their win in the final of the North West Senior Cup, at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night, defeating Institute 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out. DER4413JM020

NORTH-WEST CHAMPS!. . . .Newbuildings FC celebrate their win in the final of the North West Senior Cup, at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night, defeating Institute 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out. DER4413JM020

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(Newbuildings won 5-3 on

penalties)

NEWBUILDINGS Football Club have big plans for the future and they proved they can compete with the best the Irish Championship One have to offer on Tuesday night.

The Intermediate outfit defeated neighbours Institute to claim the 2013 North West Senior after a dramatic penalty shootout.

When the villagers made the short journey to Drumahoe they arrived with intent and, despite trailing by two goals, they showed great tenacity to fight back and take the game into extra-time.

With ‘Stute’s Aaron Walsh dismissed at the interval after an altercation in the tunnel, Newbuildings had the bit between their teeth and deservedly claimed an historic win for the club, winning 5-3 after the shootout.

The club are certainly progressive and with plans for a new clubhouse in the pipeline, Tuesday’s win could well prove to be a springboard for further success.

“What this win has done, not only for the football team or the village but the whole community is huge,” said manager, Gary Simpson afterwards.

“All my players are from Newbuildings and across the Waterside but the whole atmosphere, the fans - it was amazing on the night.

“The club is in the process of getting plans passed for a stand and a clubhouse joined with the cricket club.

“The plans are there, they’re within the final stages of passing so within the next few years we’re hoping to play Championship Two. “And I certainly don’t think there’ll be any problems with the support.”

Goals from Aaron Walsh and Matthew Crossan gave ‘Stute a deserved lead with 15 minutes of the first half to go.

However, Newbuildings rallied and got back on level terms through Stephen Curry and former ‘Stute man, Ricky Lee Dougherty.

And team boss, Simpson was delighted with the fighting spirit shown by his side.

“At 2-0 down we might not have been as confident but let’s not forget we were 2-0 down against a top Championship One side and you don’t get back into games by luck. “You deserve it and we did deserve it.

“Again we’re an Intermediate side playing against a Championship One top team who are hoping to go into the Premiership next year. We’ve come to ‘Stute’s home ground and gave them more than a game and I really feel we created enough opportunities to win the game in normal time.

“So I think it was a fair result.”

Institute - Michael Doherty; Graham Crown (Andy Devlin half-time), Colm McLaughlin, Matthew Crossan, Paddy McLaughlin; Gary Henderson, Darren McCauley, Aaron Walsh, Stephen Parkhouse, Michael McCrudden (Tom Carlin 102), Sean Reilly (Declan McKeever 72).

Newbuildings - Corey Wilson; Grant Buchanan (Jason Moore 97), Garth Falconer, Graham Moore, Dean Curry, John Elliott, (Gregory McIvor 67) Stephen Curry, Wesley Ferguson, Ricky Lee Dougherty, Steven Wallace, Richard Lynch)

Referee - David Walker.