Cove Rangers secured their first Betfred Cup win after comfortably seeing off Montrose 3-0.
Goals from Stuart Walker, Mitch Megginson and Daniel Park capped off a very composed performance at Forfar’s Station Park.
The game also saw Blair Yule return to the line-up after his trial at Doncaster ended on Tuesday.
With the Irn-Bru Cup and Highland League just around the corner, Cove looked well prepared for the new season.
Boss John Sheran said Yule was “a bit disappointed things didn’t work out at Doncaster” but their loss proved to be Cove’s gain.
Left-back Walker scored after a quarter of an hour, lashing home a low 10-yard effort from a corner.
Megginson made it 2-0 after 55 minutes as he wriggled through to prod home from six yards.
Park then added a third with a crisp strike from 22 yards to cap a superb second-half show.
Manager Sheran was justifiably pleased with all aspects of his side’s performance.
He said: “We always felt this was a game we had a chance of doing something in because they’re the closest to our division.
“We’re pleased that we played some great football, knocked the ball around really well and could have had more than the three so I’m delighted.”
He added: “If we can keep the ball on the ground and play football, we’ve got a chance because we have players who can play.
“We got more goals in the second half but I think it was a good performance for 90 minutes.
“It was our first clean sheet, that’s always important and the guys at the back did really well.”
Cove have also been fined £2,000 by the SPFL for including an ineligible player in their squad against Alloa.
Lewis Dunbar was not properly registered for the Betfred Cup game and was an unused substitute.
The authorities have suspended 75% of the fine until December 31, 2017.