Jay Jay Hutchison’s double helped Dryburgh Athletic overcome a dogged Arbroath Lads and lift the Marshall Cup.
Hutchison’s first half goal and Bobby Shirkey’s close-range effort looked to have put Dryburgh in control until Kyle Fraser and Ryan Paterson fired Arbroath level, but Hutchison ensured it would be Dryburgh’s day with a composed finish late on.
Dryburgh came into the final boasting a 100% record in the J Clenaghan League and when Jay Jay Hutchison converted Bobby Shirkey’s ball it looked like they had made the dream start to the final, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
Arbroath were defending well in the opening stages and saw an attack of their own end with Kaden Leadbetter keeping out Ethan Johnston’s effort.
Hutchison and Shirkey were causing Arbroath issues in the wide areas, with the latter inches away from converting a Hutchison cross to open the scoring.
Dryburgh were seeing the lion’s share of possession but failing to ask any serious questions of Josh Cargill in the Arbroath goal. A series of crosses into the Arbroath box were easily dealt with by the Angus side’s defence.
With half time approaching, Dryburgh did break the deadlock through Hutchison. Shirkey provided the cross from the right that made its way through to Hutchison eight yards from goal, who composed himself and slotted the ball past the helpless Cargill to give Dryburgh the lead.