Fairmuir went close to doubling their lead three minutes after the restart when Fyffe raced through on goal, but Kerrigan managed to smother the shot.
Burnett tested McCallum with a free kick from 25 yards before Louis Jenkins looped a shot over from the edge of the box.
Riverside’s pressure told after 49 minutes when Aiden McDougal pounced on a loose ball in the box and stabbed in the equaliser. It was well deserved for Riverside, who had upped their game after the interval.
Fairmuir were nearly back in front when Fyffe got on the end of a cross ahead of Kerrigan but could only steer his header wide. When Smith was taken down inside the box, Fairmuir did have the chance to retake the lead despite the Riverside protests. Fyffe stepped up and coolly found the bottom left corner.
The lead would have proved short lived of not for keeper McCallum who denied Millar Gibson twice in quick succession. The Riverside forward was sent in one-on-one with the Fairmuir keeper less than a minute after Fyffe converted his penalty but fired his first effort straight at the keeper. When the ball broke back to him, the equaliser looked certain, but McCallum through himself across the goal and diverted the ball to safety.
At the other end, Stuart Heenan was denied by Kerrigan as Fairmuir looked to put the game to bed. The midfielder has over 35 goals to his name this season, and only the crossbar stopped him adding to his tally with a volley from 20 yards.
Heenan latched onto a loose pass back to Kerrigan but could only steer the ball wide. With seven minutes remaining, the midfielder burst into the box and slotted a low shot past Kerrigan to put Fairmuir two to the good.
It was nearly a double for Heenan when he jinked his way into the penalty area moments later, but he curled his shot over the crossbar, but the miss didn’t prove costly as Fairmuir held on to clinch the cup.
This was a case of so near yet so far for Riverside. They will feel the penalty awarded against them was harsh, but if Gibson’s chance after Fairmuir’s second had been converted, they may have gone on to with the cup.
Despite that, they performed admirably in their first cup final and have established themselves as one of the top teams in the league. If they can learn from their experiences this season, then they are more than capable of lifting silverware over the coming seasons.
As for Fairmuir, after a season of near misses and what ifs, they produced on the big stage against a strong Riverside outfit. While Stuart Heenan will rightly grab the headlines for a stellar performance, Declan McCallum’s save from Gibson was the game changing moment that knocked the stuffing out of Riverside and gave them the belief they could win the cup.
If this clearly talented squad can add consistency to their game next season, then this may just be the first of many pieces of silverware for this Fairmuir squad.