Unst triumph over Whitedale in Parish Cup final

Man-of-the-match Erik Thomson scored two goals, one from the penalty spot, and his younger brother David supplied the other as Unst defeated Whitedale 3-1 in the Parish Cup final on Saturday.

A large crowd at a misty Gilbertson Park witnessed one of the best finals for many years with the Whitedale players giving an excellent account of themselves, being on top for large spells especially in the second half.

David Thomson headed Unst into the lead in the 12th minute, the ball deflecting off the crossbar and into the net.

Whitedale came back strongly and Paul Molloy got the equaliser in the 27th minute, shooting home from close range after a comedy of errors in the Unst penalty box.

The lead was short-lived, however, as a minute or so later Unst striker Erik Thomson was upended by the keeper and picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty kick.

Whitedale had a lot of pressure in the second half but Unst perhaps had the better chances, but the score remained 2-1 until a moment of magic from Thomson in the 82nd minute.

Receiving the ball just inside the Whitedale half he shook off a number of challenges before rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty net.

Full report and photos in The Shetland Times on Friday.


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