It was Glasgow who headed back along the M77 with the SSFA Under 15s National Trophy after a well-deserved victory over Ayrshire at Rugby Park.
The cup encounter got off to a slow start, Ayrshire got the game ahead and attacked straight from the off, bursting forward but the Glasgow defence stood up to the early opportunity.
Glasgow’s first real attack found the back of the net, Gregor Nicol had a deflected effort from just inside the box, but the linesman’s flag was up and was given as offside.
Ayrshire then had a really good period of dominance in the period after the offside goal with a real chance for Micheal Mullen. Ayr had the first corner of the match and it fell straight to him at the back post, unfortunately his shot fizzled just wide of the post with just over ten minutes played.
It would be the visitors that would break the deadlock, a great free kick whipped into the box saw Matthew Collins get a shot away, it ricocheted off a few Ayrshire players before find the net in the seventeenth minute of the game.
Glasgow continued their high pressure as they searched for their second goal, another free kick taken by Luke Kenny was whipped in to the far post where it fell to Collins who was unable to find the net like last time.
With halve the half of football played; Ayrshire had their best spell of the half. Steven Warnock came close, a low free kick from just outside the box picked out the winger but he couldn’t finish.
Almost straight after, Alex Dean had a superb chance to get an equaliser. A lovely through ball catches the defence off guard but he can’t finish as the on rushing keeper makes a great save.
Ayrshire continued to press and attack in numbers as they searched for the elusive equaliser before the break, Ryan McDowell came close with ten minutes to go, his header from the free kick lacked enough power to go past the keeper.
That attack would prove to be the final chance of the half, with both teams still finding their feet in the cup final, Glasgow went into the break with a goal advantage. A team that made the most of their chances, Ayrshire on the other hand would rue their missed opportunities and feel frustrated for not being on the goal sheet.