In a well-fought cup final that could've gone either way at times, a piece of class from Jack Ewing sealed the League Cup final for TASS Thistle 1999's over Glenvale AFC.
The League Cup now adds to the Division 2 title won by the club earlier on this season. However, credit must go to such a spirited showing by Glenvale, who created a host of openings in the second half that were met by committed blocks from an organised and well-drilled TASS defence.
The game started in a very scrappy manner, with both sides getting stuck in but struggling to create. Blair Gray was extremely impressive in the opening 20 minutes with some bombing runs down the right for TASS, but too often the final ball went astray and missed Jack Ewing in the centre.
Yet it was Glenvale who had the first opening, as Cammy Armstrong found a pocket of space to fire in a shot from outside the box, but it went straight into the arms of the composed Dylan Jackson.
TASS replied with some neat passing football through the midfield, and they started to look the more sharper as the half went on. Declan Smith found some room, but his shot went well over as both sides still struggled to work the opposition goalkeepers.
Chances really were at a premium in the first 20 minutes, with only small openings for either side. Sam Esplin nearly caught out Jackson as he tried to creep it into the near post, but the strike didn't have enough power on it as it trundled wide of the left-hand post.
There was some lovely link-up play at times between Jack Caulfield and James Grant down the left, but the TASS defence were so well organised and never allowed Glenvale to play through them in the opening 45 minutes.
It looked as though Glenvale were just starting to get stronger and more into TASS' faces as the half was coming to a close, with another opening occurring as the ball fell to Jay Ward, but going by the pattern of the half he blazed off target.
And out of nowhere, a moment of brilliance from TASS' number nine gave them the lead. Ewing had moments earlier tried to lob Cammy Craig but only found the side-netting, however his sensational looping header from a pinpoint Joseph Gallagher cross found the back of the net as Craig was left helpless. The goal sent TASS into the lead at the break.