Nithsdale Wanderers interim manager Craig Fraser hailed his side after they were crowned Alba Cup winners at the weekend, with a 2-1 win over Abbey Vale.

The Wanderers went into the Friday night final at Palmerston Park desperate to bring home the first piece of silverware of the season.

However, it was the Vale that took the lead in the first half, after hitting the bar not long before their opener.

Steven Couper broke the deadlock to give Abbey Vale the lead at the break.

In the second half. Wanderers rallied and grabbed an equaliser through Cameron McKenzie.

He then popped up again to bag the winner and, despite late pressure from the Vale, Nithsdale saw the game out to pick up the Alba Cup.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Fraser said:”It is a fantastic achievement and it is a nice to get the first cup of the season.

“Although the Alba Cup is one of the cups that does not involve the licensed teams, I think for the non licensed teams, like ourselves, it is a very important cup.

“It is not just silverware for the club, it actually puts us in a three way play-off with the east and the west for a place in the Scottish Cup.

“So, the win could be quite financially rewarding for the club as well.”

Cameron McKenzie was the star man of the cup win, picking up a fantastic second half double to turn the tie around for Wanderers.

Fraser says he was delighted to see the younger brother steal some of the limelight off his older brother Sean.

He said: “I think sometimes Sean gets a lot of the headlines because he is the older brother, he is a fantastic player and scores a lot of goals for us.

“But Cameron was brilliant on the night and took both of his goals well.

“Sean helps him a lot being up there next to him, he really is a big brother and helps him with his development in the game a lot.

“Cameron plays older than his years, he is an old head on young shoulders and is a really fantastic player to have on the team.”