GLASGOW have won the second tier Knockout Cup for the first
time since 1994.
The Tigers capitalised on their strong first leg showing at
Newcastle, where they held the Diamonds to a 45-45 draw, by coasting to a comfortable
59-31 victory in Monday night’s second leg.
The only blot on Glasgow’s night was a second race crash
which sent reserve Danny Ayres to hospital with shoulder and wrist injuries.
Glasgow team manager Stewart Dickson said: “I'm overjoyed
and ecstatic. It's the first trophy under the new era for the Facennas. Getting
that first one was always going to be the most difficult, I felt.
“You listen to the noise and atmosphere - this is what it's
“The supporters have waited a couple of years and we've had
to watch our neighbours in the east at Edinburgh winning trophy after trophy,
so it's nice to get off the mark under the Facennas, and there are hopefully
more to come.”
Newcastle boss George English said: “I know we were pleased
to get the draw on Sunday at our own track, but realistically we were always
going to be the underdogs tonight and should have had the tie in our control
before we travelled north.
“Unfortunately for us, once Heat 3 came around Glasgow were
in control thereon in, and thoroughly deserved their cup win. We congratulate
them completely on a great Final performance.”
KNOCKOUT CUP FINAL, 2nd leg
GLASGOW 59: Richard Lawson 12, Aaron Summers 11+1, Richie
Worrall 11, Arthur Sissis 10+2, Rene Bach 8+3, Nike Lunna 7+2, Danny Ayres 0.
NEWCASTLE 31: Robert Lambert 10, Steve Worrall 7, Ludvig
Lindgren 5, Ashley Morris 4+1, Danny Phillips 3+1, Victor Palovaara 2+1, Matej
Aggregate: Glasgow 104 Newcastle 76