1990 was a good year for Winton Rovers.

Winton Rovers win 4-2 on penalties   |   Winton Rovers Spot On To Lift The Cunninghame Cup
Winton won a dramatic penalty shootout at Valefield on Sunday (13 May 1990) to clinch the Cunninghame District Cup after an enthralling final.  Few among the seven hundred crowd could deny Winton their moment of glory.  They were the better team throughout and survived a serious blow when midfielder Lex Lindsay was stretchered off with a broken leg midway through the second half.  The match kicked off in glorious sunshine and the shirt-sleeved crowd did not have long to wait for goalmouth action.  Kevin Hughes had the ball in the net from a Kenny Moyes flick-on in the opening minute but the flag was already up for offside.  In the third minute, Gary Murgitroyd had to look lively to smother the ball at Colin Johnstone’s feet after Alan Rennie had broken down the right and crossed low into the Winton box.  The keeper was hurt in saving and limped his way through the rest of the match.  A Winton goal was not long delayed, however, as in only six minutes the visitors - playing the final on Kilbirnie’s home ground - moved in front.  Neil Armour’s strong challenge floored Andy McGhee who required treatment.  Play resumed with a free-kick and when the ball came over Colin Johnstone handled to allow Derek Frye to put Winton in front from the spot.  It took Ladeside seventeen minutes to test Gary Murgitroyd again, the goalkeeper making an excellent stop when he tipped a Billy Muir thirty-five yarder over for a corner.  Ladeside and Muir came close again in thirty-five minutes when the junior international winger scraped the crossbar with a free-kick after a foul by Stuart Beattie on John Barrett.  With just two minutes to go until the break, Ladeside drew level with a controversial goal.  Russell was lying in a heap. yards offside, when Ladeside attacked down the left.  Gary Murgitroyd saved bravely at John Barrett's feet but the ball broke to the supporting Billy Muir who netted from fifteen yards.  Winton claimed that Russell was offside but the referee - correctly in my opinion -- took the view that as he was prostrate and injured on the ground, he was neither interfering with play nor seeking to gain an advantage.  This was good refereeing by Mr Stevenson.  Winton again went on to the attack from the start of the second-half and Beattie headed narrowly over.  In forty-seven minutes, Derek Frye joined the crime count after he kicked the ball away but two minutes later Winton’s strong start almost brought another goal.  Andy McGhee’s low cross was prodded goal-wards by Kevin Hughes but Tony Bryden produced a brilliant one-handed reflex save to deny the former Ladeside striker.  There were then three bookings in as many minutes as Mr Stevenson clamped down on things.  John Barrett was yellow-carded on the intervention of a linesman, then Neil Armour and Kenny Moyes were booked in separate incidents.  In sixty-five minutes, Winton’s Lex Lindsay was booked but two minutes later his season ended when he was left with a broken leg as he and Adam Russell challenged for a 50-50 ball in midfield.  The former Kilmarnock and Stranraer man was carried off and taken by ambulance to Crosshouse Hospital with Jim Paul coming on as substitute.  With nine minutes left, Kevin Hughes was once more inches from glory his stab at a Moyes back-header flashing inches over.  So, penalties it was to settle the destination of the new Cunninghame District Council Cup trophy.  Derek Frye went first for Winton but Tony Bryden saved his shot.  Neil McLaughlin put Ladeside ahead but Hugh Houston immediately levelled for Winton.  Muir missed for Kilbirnie then, after Kevin Hughes had sent Bryden the wrong way, Billy McLarty blazed his kick wide.  Dick Malcolmson then put Winton 3-1 ahead before Colin Johnstone scored for Ladeside.  This left Gordon Murray to beat Bryden with a shot which the keeper got a hand to but could not stop and the Cup was Winton’s 4-2 on penalties.  Jubilant Winton boss Willie Kean said “I am delighted for my players.  They worked hard for this, created more chances than Ladeside and did not let the loss of Lex Lindsay upset them.”  Kean said of the challenge in which Lindsay was injured “It was one of these things in football, a simple 50-50 ball, and no blame attaches to Adam Russell.”
The teams were:
Kilbirnie Ladeside – Bryden, Johnstone, Russell, Fontana, Armour, Rennie, McLaughlin, N McLaughlin, Barrett, Monaghan and Muir with substitutes McLarty and Henighan.
Winton Rovers - Murgitroyd, Simpson, Murray, Houston, Beattie, Lindsay, McGhee, Malcolmson, Moyes, Hughes and Frye with substitutes Paul and Drennan.

                 Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 May 1990

New Winton strike-force are big hit.
Dick Brock’s experimental offside trap failed as Winton successfully collected a further two points in their quest for Scarlett Cup glory.  Yet this match (on 18 August 1990) had started well for the Barrfields side with a goal in only the second minute.  A long Wilson throw caught Stuart Beattie flat-footed, the ball spun of his foot to land at the feet of Stephen Quigg and the Guthrie Golden Boot winner beat Gary Murgitroyd from close range to open his account for this season.  Winton then hit back and from a John Walker corner, Chris Dougal’s strong header was cleared off the line by George Wall.  Two minutes later, however, Winton pulled level.  Skipper Hugh Houston moved out of defence, beat two Largs men in midfield then sent a long pass over the heads of the Thistle defence as they raced out for Kevin Hughes to run on and stroke the ball around Robert Burns and into the empty net.  The Largs offside trap was again sprung for Winton’s second goal.  Chris Dougal was sent to clear by Gordon Murray’s crossfield pass and ran on to ignore further claims that he had controlled the ball with his arm.  He beat Burns easily to put Largs in arrears.  The home side missed another good chance in thirty-three minutes.  Gordon Murray put Gary Murgitroyd under pressure with a short pass-back which Roger intercepted and squared to Jim Boag.  With Murgitroyd stranded and the goal gaping, however, Boag shot wide.  Hugh Houston was yellow-carded for some back-chat to referee Coyne in thirty-four minutes and Winton’s problems continued with another short back-pass intercepted by Boag who was judged by the referee to have used his arm to control the ball.  Early in the second half, Kevin Hughes was booked again for dissent when he failed to beat the Largs offside trap.  The yellow cards continued to rain down on Winton with Dougal and Malcolmson cautioned for bad tackles in quick succession.  On the hour mark, Frye replaced McFarlane and two minutes later, George Wall was again the Largs saviour as he got back to nick the ball of Walker’s toe walk as he bored in on goal.  Gunn of Largs was next to be cautioned after throwing the ball away when a foul was given against him.  Stuart Beattie’s last gasp tackle denied Jim Boag at the expense of a corner.  Gary Murgitroyd clutched the kick, released the ball quickly to Chris Dougal on half-way.  His wide pass sent Kevin Hughes free to chip the ball over Burns and into the net from thirty yards.  Largs where reduced to ten men for the last ten minutes when Gunn’s late tackle on Billy Mason saw him add a red card to his earlier yellow.  With six minutes left, Winton made it 4-1 through substitute Charles Clarke who collected Derek Frye’s pass inside the full-back and ran forward to lift a left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area into the Largs net.

Winton Rovers striker Kevin Hughes, left, hit two goals with newcomer Chris Dougal also on the mark to sink Largs Thistle.
The teams were:

Largs Thistle – Burns, Allan, Wall, Gunn, Lynn, Rodger, Boag, S McCafferty, Quigg, Wilson and McLaughlin with substitutes McCafferty and Clancy.
Ardrossan Winton Rovers – Murgitroyd, McFarlane, Murray, Houston, Beattie, Strain, Walker, Mason, Hughes, Dougal and Malcolmson with substitutes Frye and Clarke.
                 Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 August 1990