Formartine United bounced back from cup final heartbreak last weekend to overcome Glentanar and lift the Murray Cup.
A David Clark goal as early as the 15th minute was enough to settle the final and ensure Formartine lifted the cup for only the second time in their history, and the first time since 1998.
The win will help exercise the demons of last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to Stonehaven in the final of the Sunnybank Shield; a match which they had led twice.
Formartine evidently used that defeat as motivation as they started this Murray Cup final on the front foot.
And they should have taken the lead after 10 minutes. Clark crossed low from the right for strike partner Tito Silva but he steered the ball wide of goal from six yards.
United did not have to wait long for the opener though as it came just five minutes after that miss. Clark’s half-volley from the edge of the box found the back of the net via the inside of the post.
Glentanar had started the contest slowly but gradually grew into the game after that setback. They threatened for the first time a few minutes later when Matthew Steer’s cross was headed wide by Lewis Stephen.
Glentanar then came even closer in the 26th minute. Elliot McDonald crossed for Craig Simpson who looked destined to score but he was superbly denied by goalkeeper Ryan Thomson.
After a good start, Formartine had lost the ascendancy and had the post to thank for maintaining their lead. McDonald’s low shot from 20 yards struck the post and rebounded away from danger.