The last final of a jam packed weekend at Parklea saw Arthurlie come away convincing winners of the Tom McPhillips League Cup, as they defeated Drumchapel United in the summer swelter. And it never looked in much doubt from the outset, as the Barrhead side dominated proceedings to see out their season in style.
Arthurlie though never quite reached the standards they set themselves in a scrappier second half, with both sides perhaps toiling in unseasonal heat on a perfect Summer’s day. The end proceedings were largely pedestrian until James McTaggart put all doubts aside with seven minutes on the clock.
A couple of early chances set the pattern, with McTaggart coming close to opening the Arthurlie account in the opening stages. Drumchapel keeper Jack Hamilton was to have a busy time of it, as the defenders in front of him were stretched to cope with the movement of the Arthurlie attackers.
Ross Mundy was proving the driving force in midfield, and tested Hamilton’s handling skills on 17 minutes after a quick flowing move. His passing vision was also picking out the space in behind as an opener seemed only a question of time.
It arrived on 19 minutes. This time the danger came down the flank, and Shaun Clark’s pinpoint pass found Dean Whitehorn free in the box to head home the opener.
Mundy was to have another rasping shot saved a minute later with Arthurlie first to every ball in midfield at this stage. The midfielder could have extended the lead further but couldn’t get hold of a free header in the box on 27 minutes.
Drumchapel were being pushed ever deeper and could not exert any real pressure on the Arthurlie back line. The second goal arrived on the half hour after a defensive mix up allowed Paul Brown to nip in and beat Hamilton from close range.
But for all their chances the Arthurlie lead only remained at only two goals. Another pinpoint pass by Mundy had Morgan Duncan bearing down on goal, but Hamilton stood up well to block the shot on the half hour.