Apr 25 2012 by Andrew Weston, Wishaw Press Alex Young WISHAW Juniors are set to play Newmains United for the inaugural Wishaw Cup on May 5 at Beltane Park. The idea was suggested by Wishaw director of football Alex Young earlier this season and last week both clubs put the finishing touches to discussions, agreeing to host the first match next month. Young said: “What I have found in the past few years is that we end up with a number of free Saturdays at the end of the season. “Instead of arranging friendlies, I thought we could start up the Wishaw Cup. “I spoke a few week ago to our manager John McKeown and he was keen and last week Ian Rankin (Newmains manager) was positive about it and agreed to the game. “Having our own park at Beltane means it’s easier to organise games like this. “Hopefully we can start playing for the Wishaw Cup every year.” The trophy will be sponsored by Alex Young Bakers. Meanwhile Young has praised Wishaw manager John McKeown for turning the club’s flagging fortunes around in the second half of the season. The former Stenhousemuir player took charge in October after John Fallon left and Young stepped aside. An early baptism of fire saw his side thrashed 9-1 by Cambuslang and it was early January before they recorded a first win under his management. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength, with his new-look squad recording notable wins over promotion contenders Maryhill, Forth and Lesmahagow in recent weeks. Young said: “When Johnny (Fallon) resigned and I stepped down, the committee wanted to advertise the position but I wanted to give John a chance as I had brought him in as a coach. “It has worked out really well. The relationship he has got with everybody at the club is fantastic. “John and I are on the phone nearly every day talking about all sorts. The financial side is left up to me and I am more involved in signing the players. “We have tied up a few players already for next season so we are happy with how things are progressing.” l Next month former Wishaw and Avonbridge players will take part in the Tom Mullen Memorial match. Mullen worked with Alex Young as kit man at both clubs before his passing three years ago.