A hat-trick by Cavin Tosh helped Monifieth lift the Queen’s Jubilee Cup with victory over Montrose. In an engrossing contest full of inventive free-flowing football it was the eventual victors' attacking display which ensured they would be the team celebrating at North End Park.
Monifieth started brightly and forced two corners in quick succession with the accurate delivery of Ryan Scobie putting the Montrose defence under early pressure. It was clear Monifieth were not overawed by the occasion and almost went ahead through Cameron Fraser’s powerful effort striking the bar, after being released into space by a clever pass from Ryan McLaren. Having been the provider moments earlier McLaren was, himself, unlucky to see a shot from distance flash narrowly wide.
The quick movement of the Monifieth forward line was carving out a number of opportunities and Aiden McAnish forced a good save by Lewis Yule.
In the 22nd minute the high tempo attacking play was rewarded with the opener, Tosh picking up a loose ball in the box and showing good composure to knock past the 'keeper. Having made the breakthrough Monifieth continued to commit men forward in search of a second, with Yule called into action to smother efforts from McLaren and Tosh.
Despite the setback of falling behind Montrose began to enjoy some sustained possession for the first time in the final and Ryan Gammie headed over from a Hamish McWhinnie corner. On the stroke of half time the sides were almost level, a good run by Reece Aitken ended with a well placed shot cannoning back off the upright.