Bayside produced a dominant display as they put five goals past Elgin Star in the final of the Spring Cup at Humbug Park on Sunday.
Two goals for Jordan McKenzie were followed by strikes for Ross Dougal, Daniel Hall and Macartan McKean as Bayside eventually ran out comfortable winner.
There were ominous signs early on for Elgin, as Josh Hopkins made good ground on the left before swinging a cross in that just clipped the top of the crossbar on its way to safety.
Elgin did have an early chance of their own as a good delivery from a corner resulted in a header on goal, but the shot was over and posed no threat to Euan Drummond in the Bayside goal.
There was not long to wait for the opening goal, and it was a well-taken finish from McKenzie that supplied it. A cute ball played him in between the two centre backs, and he showed great composure to toe poke the ball past the onrushing Justin Paton to get his side off to the perfect start.
It could have been two just moments later following a scramble in the Elgin penalty area, as Paton came to meet a ball and collided with his defender, but Bayside were unable to capitalise and the ball was bundled away to safety.
Elgin were struggling to get a foothold in the game, and Bayside enjoyed long periods of possession in the first 45 minutes.
Andrew Gallagher looked dangerous on the right, and he was next to test Paton with a volley from the edge of the area, but it was a comfortable save and the difference remained just one goal.
Gallagher was again involved on the right as he tried to release McKenzie, but he was stopped by some superb defending from Ewan Bell in the Elgin back line.
Bayside were producing some good football in the wide areas, and this time it was McKenzie who whipped a ball in from the left towards Gallagher in the centre, but as he tried to tee up Daniel Johnston for a shot the ball was hoofed clear as Elgin held on.
After weathering a Bayside onslaught for much of the half, Elgin then began to find some rhythm and started to create chances.
First, a long ball towards Ross Watt looked to have freed the forward, but it just would not drop for him and Bayside were able to clear. Then, Watt took aim from outside the area with a fierce shot that looked to have beaten Drummond, but also cleared the crossbar.
Bayside looked dangerous on the counterattack however, and the pace of Gallagher on the right almost undid Elgin, as he raced clear and sent in a good looking cross towards McKenzie, but Paton was able to come off his line and deal with the danger.
Nathan Duncan then almost produced what would have been a magical goal for Elgin, as he danced his way through half the Bayside team before blazing his shot agonisingly over the bar.
With Elgin committing players forward in search of an equaliser, Bayside came close to doubling their lead from another quick counterattack. After seeing a shot blocked the ball fell to Alex Fraser on the edge of the area, who having beaten the stranded Paton with a delicious lob, could only watch on as his effort was headed off the line by Bell.
There was just enough time left in the half for Gallagher to hit the woodwork for Bayside, but at half time an entertaining game was nicely poised at one nil.