East Craigie Swifts completed the double treble as they turned on the style against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Henry Dolan Cup. A first half double from Keir Gardiner followed Ethan Bannon’s opener.
Reece Lornie and Hayden Burr netted in the second half, with Aaron Barnett heading in a Kirrie consolation late on.
This was East Craigie’s second cup final of the season, while for Kirrie it was a first ever cup final appearance. Rohan Brown had the Angus side’s first chance after seven minutes but didn’t trouble Charlie Kennedy with his volley.
Keir Gardiner was sent in behind the Kirrie defence after 18 minutes, but goalkeeper Eoin McNicol denied the striker. Aidan Mcirvine headed over from a corner not long after as East Craigie searched for the opener.
The Dave Pullar League champions did find the opener in somewhat fortunate circumstances. Callum McCleary’s shot was kept out by McNicol and the loose ball was cleared into the back of Grant Prain by Callum Milne, giving Ethan Bannon a simple finish from close range.
The nature of the goal was a blow for Kirrie, and they soon found themselves two down as Gardiner headed home Rhys Beattie’s cross from close range.
Reece Lornie was denied by McNicol before Kennedy tipped Ryan Cormack’s strike round the post. McNicol pulled off a fine one-handed save to keep out McCleary’s shot.
Six minutes before the break, East Craigie scored again. Gardiner chased down a long ball, and his persistence was rewarded when McNicol miskicked the ball straight into his path, and he rolled it into the empty net.