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 all about.

“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.”



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 Kus r/r.

Aggregate: Glasgow 104 Newcastle 76