AUCHINLECK Talbot forward Mark Shankland gave up his Section League Cup winner's medal to put a smile on a young boy's face.

Shankland received the praise of his manager after handing the medal to a young supporter who often helps out at Talbot's home games.

Posting on Twitter after the 6-1 win over Lesmahagow, Shankland said: "Gave a wee boy – Dylan that collects the cones after our warm ups at home – my cup winner's medal today and his face was a picture. His face at that moment meant more to me than the medal would ever mean to me. That's what this club's all about."

Talbot boss Tommy Sloan was pleased by Shankland's kindness and said: "That's a good gesture from Mark. I know the boy and Mark is always talking to him at the games.

"They are a good bunch of players. I'm quite sure Mark was showing his appreciation, the boy's a Talbot supporter as well."

Shankland came off the bench to help his side see out a comfortable win at Newlandsfield on Sunday. Jamie Glasgow and sub Sean McIlroy both scored twice and brothers Stephen and Graham Wilson also found the net as Talbot lifted the first silverware of the season.

Of the match, Sloan told the Chronicle: "The first bit of the game was competitive until we got ourselves a couple of goals lead. Credit to Lesmahagow, they came out and gave it a go and they scored a goal.

"I'm delighted to score six goals in a cup final, you can't complain at that."

Next up for Talbot is tough Scottish Cup second round tie away to Highland League leaders Cove Rangers.

Sloan added: "The shoe is on the other foot now and we go into the game as massive underdog.

"They are like an SPFL team playing in the Highland according to what I've heard about them so it will be a different proposition for us. We will have to play better than we have done all season if we are going to win it."