Coylton celebrated a cup double after a narrow victory against their Kilmarnock competitors, Dean Thistle, in a tight affair on a cold and damp morning at Dam Park.
The under 13’s West of Scotland league champions held on for a 2-1 win which saw them crowned winners of the Charles Hoggit Memorial Trophy.
Two weeks since their last triumph, Coylton lined up with the same team that defeated Caledonian FC 5-2 in the Presidents Cup final, in the hope that their previous success would stand them in good stead to beat Dean Thistle.
However, Thistle had no intentions of just turning up to make up the numbers. With only three minutes on the clock, persistent striker Lauchlin Clark lifted the ball over the onrushing Liam Gray in the Coylton goal to give his team a dream start. Left winger Daniel Mitchell lofted the ball over the top and Clark pounced to give Dean Thistle the early ascendency.
Six minutes later though, Coylton’s pressure for an equaliser paid off. A poor defensive clearance at the back from Thistle meant that left back Rhys Berry was allowed too much room inside the box and he forcefully took advantage of the error by slamming the ball into the top right corner.
Dean Thistle looked shaken by the swing in momentum of the game as Coylton continued to press high up the park and they almost took the lead on a couple of occasions.
Firstly, Jack Marks’ floated, in-swinging corner almost went straight in at the back post as the strong wind changed the flight path of the ball to cause what would have been a massive fluke.
Shortly after, perhaps a bit unluckily, Ross Smith looked to have scuffed his shot which went just over the bar thanks to some decent wing play from pacey winger Cammy McMillan who cut the ball back to him from the right hand side. Had smith got a cleaner connection on the shot Coylton could have been in the lead.
Inevitably due to all the pressure they were putting on though, Coylton scored what proved to be the winner. A calamitous mix up between defender and goalkeeper Lewis Ferguson allowed prolific forward Robbie Meiklem to latch onto the ball first and prod it underneath Ferguson to reward the league champions for their determination.
The remainder of the first half became a bit scrappy with a lot of long balls being played and next to no clear-cut chances.
The closest any team came to scoring before the referee blew for half-time was a Dean Thistle free kick 20 yards out, but number seven Kyle Bryden fired over.