Montrose Youth lifted the Chuck McGowan Cup after overcoming ACSC in a mammoth penalty shootout that saw every player take a spot kick.
Goalkeeper Nicholl Cairnie was the hero for Montrose as he kept out Kaden Houghton’s second penalty of the shootout.
Both these sides have been free scoring throughout the season but strong winds meant both had to change their game plans for the cup final.
Montrose were playing into the wind in the first half and thought they had broken the deadlock when a free kick dropped to Ryan Reid in the box. The midfielder’s effort looked destined for the top corner, but a strong hand from ACSC keeper Declan Hay somehow kept the ball out.
The resulting corner from Michael Forbes nearly went straight in to the ACSC net before Hay was called into action once more to deny Dylan Griggs. The Montrose man led a solo counterattack from the half way line only to see Hay get down to his low effort.
ACSC came into the game having scored over 80 goals in their 14 league matches, and they nearly grabbed the opener when Alex Davidson nipped onto a slack pass in the Montrose box, but he was denied at point-blank range by Nicholl Cairnie.
The W Mills League leaders weren’t phased by playing into the wind, and only a fine challenge from Haydon Chalmers stopped Jay Tosh getting a shot away after 25 minutes. At the other end, Hay was called into action once more as he kept out Michael Forbes’s half volley.
Tosh saw another strike blocked by Chalmers before the ball deflected into the path of Rui Gordon, who was only denied the opener by a smart save from Cairnie at the near post.