BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
    You are in: Scotland  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

 Sunday, 20 October, 2002, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Connolly hails cup triumph
Queen of the South celebrate their first cup win
Queen of the South celebrate their first cup win
Queen of the South won the first cup in their history on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Brechin City in the Bells Challenge Cup final.

Manager John Connolly said afterwards that the win was the greatest achievement of his long career.

Connolly played for Everton, Newcastle and Hibernian as well as Scotland during a playing career that spanned 15 years.

But he insisted that the cup victory, just months after leading them to their first league championship in over 50 years, was an undoubted highlight.

"I've played at the highest level, and been capped for Scotland as well, but this is fantastic and as good as anything in my career."

Connolly defended the referee's decision to award Queen's first goal despite claims by the Brechin defenders that the ball had not crossed the line.

"I thought that the goal was over the line - that's the way it looked to us in the dugout," he added.

"We were screaming for the goal and we deserved to be ahead at that point anyway. The linesman was right on the line and he couldn't have been better placed to see it."

Brechin boss Dick Campbell admitted his side had been second best throughout.

"Right from the start of the game we didn't cause Queen of the South any problems," he said.

"I don't know if it was a case of stage fright but we just didn't play and I'm really disappointed by that.

"It's a cup final and you only get one chance to get it right but I felt the occasion got to some of the younger lads."

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
 BBC Five Live's Iain Turner
"The game was not short of wild tackles"
See also:

20 Oct 02 | Scotland
Links to more Scotland stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Scotland stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales