Ewan Stewart’s second half goal secured the Tommy Clark Trophy for Dryburgh Athletic. In what was a David vs Goliath clash, bottom of the league Riverside more than matched champions-elect Dryburgh, but ultimately tasted defeat in their first ever cup final.
These sides have had greatly contrasting league campaigns, Dryburgh have only one defeat to their name, while Riverside have won just once. Despite this, it was Riverside that started on the front foot, and nearly opened the scoring after two minutes.
Samuel Gallacher won the ball in the Dryburgh half and set up Callum Brand, but the Riverside man dragged his effort wide of the mark. This was a golden chance passed up by Riverside, but an early reminder for Dryburgh that Riverside weren't going to let them have things their own way.
Riverside had settled into the game well, managing to limit the space in behind their defence, and staying compact in midfield. Dryburgh’s first chance of the match came after 16 minutes. Marcus Gray managed to jink his way through the Riverside defence and pick out Daryl Tosh, but his header didn’t cause any problems for Jordi Duncan in the Riverside goal.
It was clear that Dryburgh were struggling to breakdown the Riverside defence. Dylan Smeaton tried his luck from 20 yards after 26 minutes, but his effort was easily held by Duncan.
The Riverside stopper produced a fine save 60 seconds later as he kept out Ewan Stewart’s close range effort. The Dryburgh striker got on the end of Smeaton’s cut back, but his effort was straight at Duncan.
Ross Mcnaughton was the next Dryburgh player to try his luck, but his effort from inside the box was easily saved by Duncan. The first half wound down with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested, and all to play for in the second period.