This Easter Sunday North End Park was treated to one very egg-citing final as Montrose won the Brown Cup following an incredible end to the game against Riverside. Riverside looked threatening in the first half and took the lead through Adam Flynn two minutes before the half time break. Both teams tussled superbly in the second period and it looked as though that one goal might be enough.
However, Montrose had other ideas as Ben Stott thumped home an equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time. A penalty shootout was needed to decide which team would be taking the cup home and Montrose kept their composure to triumph 4-2. This was one truly eggs-hilarating final (no more Easter puns from now on I swear).
The boys in blue began the game well as they looked to take an early advantage. Steven Reilly had an early chance to put Riverside 1-0 up but he stabbed the ball just wide of the mark following a nicely worked short corner routine.
Riverside continued to look good on the offense, with Jack Kingston and Roan Mearns looking particularly dangerous. However, the killer pass to open up a clear-cut opportunity continued to evade them for much of the opening period.
In the 27th minute they did manage to generate a superb opportunity to open the scoring as Kingston was fed through on goal down the right. He looked to shoot across goal, and bury the ball into the bottom left hand corner, but his shot flashed across the face of goal and wide of his intended target.
Six minutes later, however, Riverside made the breakthrough. Darren Lamb was slotted through, beyond the defence, excellently and, with just the goalkeeper to beat, he slid the ball past the oncoming netminder and towards goal. The power on the effort was minimal, however, and there was now a footrace on, between Flynn and the Montrose defence, over who would get to the trickling ball first. Flynn was the man to win the race and he prodded the ball home at the far post to give his side a one-goal lead.