Hanbury was denied in quick succession early in the second half as Ferry looked to turn the game around.
Coming from behind to win a match has become something of a trademark for Ferry this season, and they pulled themselves level midway through the second half through Aiden Lockhart. The midfielder fired a free kick from 30 yards past Watt in the Carnoustie goal.
The equaliser brought an urgency to Ferry’s play that had been lacking for most of the match. Blaike Kyles was sent through on goal but was denied by Watt who raced off his line to block the forward’s effort.
A free kick from 20 yards on the hour mark presented Ferry a golden opportunity to take the lead, but Lockhart couldn’t reproduce the magic of his previous attempt.
The midfielder wouldn’t take long to have his say on the final result, as his cross from the right was misjudged by Watt in the swirling wind and ended up in the net.
Carnoustie went close with a free kick of their own but Chalmers effort from distance crept the wrong side of the post. Kyles looked to put the result beyond doubt in injury time but saw his strike from the edge of the box deflected behind, before heading the resulting corner wide.
While this wasn’t Carnoustie’s day there are still plenty of positives for them to take from the final. Reaching a cup final in your first season at 11-a-side football is a real achievement, and not freezing on the big stage, playing a style of football well beyond their years and running a very good Ferry side close is nothing to be sniffed at.
They are not in the hunt for the Café Royale League title, but with matches against title challengers Fairmuir and Ferry to come, today’s showing indicates that they will have a say on who is eventually crowned champions. If they can build on the foundations they have laid this season, then it won’t be too long until they are lifting silverware.
As for Ferry, this was very much a game of two halves from them. In the first half, they were sluggish and struggled to handle Carnoustie. In the second half, there was more purpose to their play and they restricted Carnoustie to very little.
This cup win caps off what has been an excellent first season at 11-a-side football, but they will have aspirations of adding the league title and East Region Cup to their collection. If the Ferry side of the second half shows up in their remaining fixtures, then they will be looking at a memorable season.