Fairmuir secured their second cup triumph in a week following victory over Montrose in the Diamond Jubilee Cup Final held at North End Park, Dundee. A goal in each half proved the difference between the sides in what was a highly entertaining and open contest.
Montrose began the match strongly with the direct running of Kai Henderson forcing the first corner of the match. Mitchell Smith's delivery was dealt with by the Fairmuir defence preventing any opportunity for the Montrose forwards lurking in the box.
Buoyed by their 5-0 victory over Dryburgh the previous week, Fairmuir began to gain a foothold in the game and saw Josh Hamilton’s effort flash wide of the post. Untroubled by the earlier effort Ross Duncan in the Montrose goal had to look lively to hold Curtis Smyth’s drive from just outside the area. As Fairmuir continued to push for the opener they were halted by the offside flag on two occasions in quick succession.
Fairmuir’s attacking play was almost rewarded when Ethan Samson took the ball past Duncan and was only prevented from opening the scoring by a last ditch clearance from Dylan McDonald. Montrose appeared to gain the initiative soon after and won a corner through Jamie Raffen but Keiran Melvin’s delivery was cleared by the Fairmuir defence. As the Montrose midfield pushed forward Fairmuir hit on the counter with Jay Couper controlling a long ball from the back and using his pace advanced beyond the Montrose back-line. Couper then showed great composure to slot the ball into the empty net after his initial effort had rebounded off Duncan.
Montrose attempted to restore parity immediately and won a free kick in a dangerous area with Henderson’s effort finishing wide of Jamie Lockhart’s goal. Following his goal, Jay Couper became heavily involved in Fairmuir’s attacking play and delivered a good free kick into the box requiring Duncan to palm the ball to safety. Couper was playing with confidence and again called the Montrose keeper into action with a powerful drive which landed at the feet of Jay Kidd who fired wide.
As Fairmuir attempted to utilise the pace of Couper in their search for their second of the afternoon, Duncan had to be alert to collect two through-balls played from midfield. With the half drawing to a close, Montrose fashioned good chances to go into the half on level terms. Kieren Melville’s effort produced an impressive save from Lockhart with Mitchell Smith being unable to keep his effort on target following the rebound. Melville had another attempted shortly after and was prevented from levelling the contest by another sold stop by the Fairmuir number one.