Jason Brown claimed the plaudits after Cove’s dramatic Highland League Cup final win over Formartine.
It was his 90th-minute header that saw John Sheran’s side grab a scrappy 2-1 win in the Bellslea Park showpiece.
Brown described himself as “delighted” after popping up with the winner for the second round in a row.
Manager Sheran and fellow scorer Paul McManus both praised the right-back.
Victory now leaves Cove with a chance of doing the double with three games left of the Highland League.
“It was a rollercoaster but we’re absolutely delighted with the outcome,” Inverness loanee Brown said.
“It just fell in the right place at the right time. I’m glad to help us win the cup.”
During a tense and ultimately poor game, there was little between the sides.
Sheran admitted it wasn’t the prettiest game – but it made no difference to him as he celebrated the win.
He said: “It feels great and in a cup final, all you care about is winning.
“We didn’t fancy going through extra-time so it was great we got the winner.”
Sheran added: “Jason got us the winner in the semi-final and in the final so it just shows he’s valuable when he gets in the box.
“He just has a way of sniffing out goals.”
McManus echoed Sheran comments: “I felt we were going to get one more chance and I’m delighted we got it.
“Jason has come up from right-back and he’s nodded it in so fair play to him.”
After Andrew Reid turned away Connor Scully’s third-minute effort, Formartine had the better first-half chances.
Conor Gethins miscontrolled when rounding Stuart McKenzie to spurn a golden chance.
Scott Barbour, Russell McBride and Graeme Rodger all failed to take decent chances, ensuring the sides went in level.
The lively Conor Gethins saw a shot well saved but there were few chances early in the second half.
It took 76 minutes for the opener to arrive from Cove.
Blair Yule’s 35-yard free-kick was spilled and bounced around the goalmouth before McMANUS scrambled it in.
But the lead was short-lived as Formartine hit back four minutes later.
A long free-kick was flicked on by Neil Gauld and Garry WOOD slotted home.
Rodger hit the bar with a bizarre, looping effort but there was one more twist.
With seconds left, another handling error saw the ball fall for BROWN to head in and win it in dramatic style.
A devastated Kris Hunter described it as “a horrible game to watch”.
He said: “We’ve lost the cup final because people didn’t do their jobs.
“It’s disappointing for the players because they were desperate to get a bit of silverware.
“I’d been lucky enough to win my last four with Turriff and Fraserburgh so it hurts a lot but that’s just part and parcel of football.”