Oakham United defeat Cottesmore AFC in the final of the Rutland Cup at Lands' End Meadow
Oakham United lifted the Rutland Cup as Adam Rothery's late winner ended Cottesmore's hopes at Lands' End Meadow on Saturday.
Rothery netted the crucial strike with just nine minutes remaining of the clash to ensure an early piece of silverware for returning Oakham boss Seb Hayes.
Michael Nelson's first half opener had given Oakham the lead before Ethan Milne brought Cottesmore level from the penalty spot with 13 minutes remaining.
However, parity was short-lived as Rothery guided home Stewart Lambie's corner to ensure a rejuvenated Oakham side followed up their semi-final success over Uppingham by beating another of their Rutland rivals.
Clear-cut chances had been at a premium in the opening period as Oakham's experienced back line repelled any Cottesmore pressure.
Danny Barker saw a teasing cross palmed away early on by home goalkeeper Andy Freeman before new Cottesmore signing Mark Tinsley headed over from a Milne corner.
Rothley sent a couple of shots wide for Oakham before Mikey Baird's through ball picked out Nelson whose effort was smothered by Alex Brown in the Cottesmore goal.
Milne fired over when well placed at the back post before Tinsley had another effort deflected narrowly over while Harry Stannard saw a sweet strike tipped to safety by Freeman.
Brown then saved well from Rothery at close range with Richard Nelson seeing his header from the resultant corner blocked as the two sides continued to look for openings.
Luke Smith sent an effort just wide for Cottesmore before Brown's pinpoint clearance picked out Barker whose curling effort was held at full stretch by Freeman.
Stannard went close for Cottesmore with a header from a Milne corner before Oakham hit the front three minutes ahead of the half-time break.
Cameron Brookes' centre picked out Michael Nelson who held off a challenge before rolling his shot into the bottom corner of the Cottesmore net.
Cottesmore came out for the second half looking to respond and Milne curled a shot just wide of the far post before Stannard teed up Kieran Burley whose inviting cross eluded his team-mates.
Stannard sent a free-kick narrowly wide before going close again with a header from Barker's searching cross.
Tinsley and Aaron Ridout both had headers from a corners blocked before Cottesmore's second half pressure paid off.
Substitute Harry Sabberton's cross struck the outstretched arm of Oli Cox from close range and Milne converted the resultant penalty despite the best efforts of Freeman.
Cottesmore then looked to seize the initiative and substitute Eessa Nasser flashed a shot wide.
However, Oakham responded well to being brought back on level terms and had regained the lead within four minutes.
Ridout had produced a superb goalline clearance to deny Rothery after Brown had spilled a cross under pressure.
Cottesmore felt their custodian had been impeded and Oakham took full advantage as Lambie's smartly-taken flag kick picked out Rothery who steered the ball home.
Danny Seals was then sent off for dissent in the aftermath to leave Cottesmore looking for an equaliser with 10 men.
However, unlike the semi-final against Yaxley Reserves where they staged a dramatic late fightback, Cottesmore were unable to find a way back into the contest as Oakham held out to celebrate a first cup success of the season.
Cottesmore: Brown, Denigan, Wilke (Sabberton), Ridout, Smith, Burley (Nasser), Barker, Seals, Milne, Tinsley, Stannard (Fontoura).
Oakham: Freeman, Medwynter, Maxwell, R Nelson, Chamberlain, Lambie, Brookes (Cox), Baird, M Nelson (Andre), Rothery, Dance.