BAJFC manager Keith Gibson spoke of his absolute delight at winning the GA Engineering Cup on Sunday at Tannadice Park against Tayport. Knowing for a couple of weeks that he would be missing key players, Barry Myles and Shaka Roy, plus playing the last few weeks with three first choice players in Ryan Suttie, Ross McCord and Paul McLellan all one booking away from missing the final through suspension, he breathed a huge sigh of relief come the final whistle on Sunday, the stressful weeks had all been worth it.
Read below our interview with Keith following the Fed’s 5-1 demolition job over Tayport, winning the GA Engineering Cup for the first time in three attempts…
“I’m still buzzing after Sunday’s result and performance. To win a cup final so emphatically against a local rival was excellent and full credit has to go to the players. Our preparations for the game was excellent this week in training and the players took this into the game. Not that you need to motivate players for a cup final, but our physio Sandy Dorward spoke to the players before they went out yesterday and this topped everything off.
The game itself I felt was quite even first half with us creating the best chances, it was quite a nervy start from us but when we scored the goal through a Ross McCord penalty it settled us down and we finished the first half strong. Going in 1-0 up at half time gave us a good platform to go on and win the game.
Tayport started the second half strongly and put us under some pressure but we defended well. After this we controlled the second half and played some really good stuff and scored good goals from Grant Lawson and Paul McLellan, their finishing being excellent. Each and every one of the players were excellent yesterday and deserve some real credit for their performance. Individually and collectively they were disciplined in delivering their jobs.
I’m delighted to finally get a piece of silverware, the first for me as manager of Broughty Athletic JFC and it hasn’t properly sunk in yet, maybe that’s to do with a number of beers we had after the final, I’m still buzzing. Our Chairman, Gordon Deuchars, has sponsored this cup competition, GA Engineering, for 10 years now so to win it for him was important for all of us. It was great to see all the children and families support us yesterday and I’m sure they will all be proud of the performance we put in for them.
I’m also delighted for everyone connected with Broughty Athletic JFC, the players, the backroom staff, the committee who all have their individual task, the ones who wash the kit, make the sandwiches, work the gate, sell the pies, sell the raffles and our club sponsors. It’s a real team effort from everyone at our club and to have everyone celebrate with us after the final whistle was brilliant to see. There are plenty of fantastic photos of the day being banded around on social media and our website from our fantastic photographers, firstly our President of the club, Sean Donaldson, and also Richard Wiseman. They both captured the day for us all and the photos will be keepsakes for everyone in them.
We had two targets at the start of the season, to finish in a better league position than we did last season and to win a cup competition, we’ve done both and if we can win next week in our final game of the season at Whitton Park then we’ll finish 6th in the Super League. Next season we want to keep improving and we’ll set the players targets going forward but we still have a massive game next week against Lochee United and if we can perform like the way we did at Tannadice Park we can get a positive result ending the season on a high…”