Aidan Lorente’s hat trick inspired Monifieth Athletic to their first ever cup final as they beat Fairmuir in the semi-final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.
These sides shared the points when they faced off in the league early in the season, but it was Fairmuir who went ahead after two minutes through Robbie Flynn. The striker saw his initial effort kept out by Thomas Welsh, but the ball broke kindly for the Fairmuir man, who tucked in the rebound, despite the best efforts of Ben Dorward.
Monifieth had been out of action for seven weeks before this tie, but responded in the perfect manner when Aidan Lorente drilled a low shot past Shaun Watt from the edge of the box.
Fairmuir were nearly back in front after eight minutes, but Jack Wilkie could only head over the bar from a corner.
After the frantic opening, the game settled down as both sides tried to take control of the tie. Mason Anderson’s deflected effort didn’t trouble Welsh after 16 minutes. At the other end, Lorente was denied by Watt.
With half time approaching, it looked like the sides would go off level, until Lorente picked the ball up on the right touchline, before cutting inside and unleashing a curling strike that found the net via the upright.