Cumnock boss Tony McInally has dedicated his side’s 1-0 victory on Saturday to the fans.

League football returned to Townhead Park as the WOSFL campaign got underway, and Cumnock Juniors got off to the perfect start with a 1-0 win over Beith, with a goal and Man of the Match performance from new signing Adam Martin.

Martin linked up well with fellow new boy Smart Osadolor as the home side were piling on the early pressure.

Cumnock took the lead on 34 minutes after a good team move meant Martin could smartly finish.

Beith had the better chances in the opening of the second half, but they were unable to snatch an equaliser, despite a late head clipping to the outside of the Cumnock post.

With over 600 fans welcomed back into the ground for the match, manager McInally was delighted to send them home with a smile on their faces.

He told the Chronicle: “It’s brilliant to able to put on a good performance from the fans, who have stuck by us through these challenging times.

“Every team has been through similar, but I’m delighted that it’s our fans going home happy.

“Hopefully now we can kick on from this and start to build a bit of momentum with games coming thick and fast.

“Wednesday’s game away to Rossvale will be another tricky game and we must prepare well for it.”

Despite taking all three points from the first match, the manager says his team could’ve made the game a lot more comfortable than it was.

He added: “We could have, and probably should have, added a few more goals and made the game comfortable in the end. But it’s only the first league game after being away for so long, so I can’t be too hard on the boys and we did get the result in the end.

“It’s been really difficult as a manager to manage the boys through this hard time, but I’m so glad that we look to heading back to a bit of normality.

“To see the fans back in the ground was brilliant.”