Goldenhill AFC rounded off their season with silverware after picking up the Jimmy Marshall Cup following a closely-fought contest with league champions and local rivals St Jospeh’s.

Gaffer Stevie Dock admitted the win saved an otherwise disappointing campaign for Goldenhill after Jamie Gallagher’s second-half penalty ensured they didn’t finish the season empty handed.

Goldenhill, last year’s losing finalists to St Joseph’s, dominated in the first 45 before prolific Gowdie striker Jamie Gallagher popped up with the only goal of the game, coolly slotting it home from the spot past Scottish amateur international keeper Scott Urquhart for what proved to be the difference between the sides on the night.

“It was the two best teams in the league going head-to-head for a major trophy so it was a good way to end the season,” Dock told Post Sport. “It was a really good game.

“We’ve had a poor season by our standards to be fair so the cup win was definitely a bit of relief and goes someway to making up for a disappointing season for us. We expected more from ourselves but it wasn’t to be.

“The fact that our cup win came over champions St Joseph’s made it all the sweeter. We were determined not to let them win the double that’s for sure - the boys all turned up on the night and put in a great performance. 

“We were excellent in the first 45 and had nothing to show for it but we managed to make the breakthrough early in the second-half and held on. We probably should have added a couple more but we got ourselves over the line eventually which is the most important thing at the end of the day.

“The Jimmy Marshall Cup provided a good positive end to an overall disappointing season for us. We weren’t able to defend our league title which is not good enough but it was the first time we’ve actually won the Jimmy Marshall so it’s a nice positive to finish on.”

Defending champions after storming to the SAFL Premier League last year, Gowdie couldn’t quite replicate that form with St Joseph’s pipping them to the title.

However, Dock is adamant that that disappointment will only serve to spur his side on after the summer break with plans already firmly in place to bolster his squad.

He added: “Our league campaign as well as our form in the other cups were equally disappointing, so we’ll definitely be making a few additions to the squad now and fully intend to improve for next season.

“We are 100 per cent more determined to go out next season and win our title back. We’ve been planning ahead for next season for a while now and have already secured three boys from our under 21s.On top of that, we’re still speaking to a few boys with a view to bringing them in once their season has finished too.”

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