Brandon Black’s double in the second-half helped Carnoustie Panmure lift the Chuck McGowan Cup at the expense of Brechin City. The victors showed good character to overcome a half-time deficit in what was an entertaining final played in difficult windy conditions at North End Park.
As you would expect from any Cup Final the opening exchanges were tight with both sides enjoying possession without creating any real opportunities. The first clear cut chance went the way of Brechin City and saw a throw from Kerr Stuart break to Keir Milne who saw his effort flash over.
Having been provider Stuart almost broke the deadlock himself through a long range free-kick which fished just above the crossbar.
Carnoustie began to gain a foothold in the contest and Michael Nobes called Brechin keeper, Robbie Buchan into action for the first time of the afternoon with a well-placed shot from distance.
At this stage it seemed a goal was inevitable and it went to Brechin in the 29th minute, a deep ball was played into the box by Calum Akers which allowed Fergie Reid to knock the ball into the net, past keeper Daniel Edelston. Carnoustie almost conceded another immediately as Tom Marwood put Edelston under pressure following a long ball from midfield with the keeper recovering well.
On the stroke of half-time, Carnoustie almost found the equaliser, a well-placed Black free-kick found the head of Brogan Rourke who directed an effort against the bar.