Oriam’s outdoor synthetic pitch hosted the Knockout Cup Final. Cumbernauld Colts edged this eight-goal thriller in extra time to lift the silverware. Colts were reduced to 10 men, but despite this disadvantage, they proved too strong for Spartans and were able to score twice in extra time to finish the season on a high.
Both sides entered this game full of confidence. Cumbernauld Colts came from four goals down to beat Bonnyton on Friday night and, with this win, they secured a second place finish in the league. Spartans, on the other hand, had defeated eventual league champions Heriot-Watt University in the semi-final of this competition and it was they who started brightest.
Spartans' Singh collected the ball on the wing and crossed for Hetherington, but his header was straight at Cumbernauld keeper Harry Purves.
Cumbernauld took this early warning and began to grow into this game. Firstly Craig Shields broke into the box and cut the ball back for Nash, but his effort went wide of the post.
Then, on 16 minutes, Colts took the lead. Nash found the influential Michael McGarahan and he crossed for Shields who smashed the ball into the net from the edge of the box.
Spartans then took full control of the remainder of the half, creating several excellent opportunities. Firstly, Singh came close from a volley before O’Neill’s header went narrowly past the post.
Spartans came closest to equalising on the half-hour mark. Laing’s free-kick was met by Wishart whose header cracked the crossbar from 6 yards out.
With this effort, the first-half came to an end with Cumbernauld Colts one goal up at the break.