Chirnside United co-manager Duncan Morrison paid tribute to goalscorer Alan Jess as his side picked up their first Border Cup for seven years with a 1-0 over Jed Legion.
Jess’s second-half strike was the difference as Jed Legion suffered their second Border Cup final loss in a row.
Morrison and co-manager Stevie Shennan picked up their first trophy since taking over the club at the start of last season, and their young squad looks likely to challenge for more as they currently sit top of Border Amateur Division A.
Morrison said: “Alan has plenty of experience which is needed to help our younger players.
“A lot of this squad was in our Colts team two seasons ago and having that team has now paid off.
“I thought we deserved to win the game. We dominated early on and once we got the goal we had a few chances to kill the game off which we didn’t take.
“But we are very strong defensively and I was confident they would not be beaten.” While this wasn’t a Halloween horror of a cup final, it was not a classic either, and it became clear from an early stage that one goal would likely prove the difference.
It was also evident that Chirnside had the great aerial and physical threat, with Daniel Romaines having a header cleared off the line within the first two minutes.
To their credit, Legion tried to play passing football throughout this cup final with Craig Hall and Jamie Swailes looking a promising central midfield pairing, but it was a direct route which almost created the opening goal.
Ashley Langford collected Canmy Page’s long throw and his cross was cleverly back heeled towards the net by Chris Gillon, only for Martin Todd to palm the ball away.
Keeper Todd also denied Langford just before half-time as Jed worked their way into the tie.
Yet it was Chirnside who grabbed the only goal seven minutes after the break when ex-Berwick Rangers development squad player Daniel Pattenden unleashed a low angled shot which Jack could not hold, allowing ex-Eyemouth United man Jess to find the net from less than six yards out.
Jed would dominate possession for the remainder of the game, but Chirnside were now looking dangerous on the counter attack, with substitute Adam Turner’s pace causing concerns.
Legion’s Joss Lowe made a vital save to deny sub Keir Blaikie a certain goal which would have sealed the game.
Jed boss Derek McLachlan said: “We lacked the cutting edge to win the game.”
Jed Legion: Jack, Lowe, Page, Chandler, Finlayson (Jack 75), Swailes, Milner (Spence 85), Hall (Davidson 89), Hunter (Gillie 62), Gillon (Stephenson 67), Langford.
Chirnside United: Todd, Stobie, Turner, Romaines, Young (Lough 76), Christie, Pattenden, Condy, Logie (Blaikie 64), Hannan (Turner 67), Jess.