COLTS remain on course to lift their first silverware at senior level after dumping University of Stirling to book their place in the Lowland League Cup Final.
Sean Brown�s double and a stunning strike from Craig Holmes ensured victory for the Cumbernauld men in Saturday�s semi-final at Broadwood.
The historic win means Colts will compete in the Lowland League Cup Final for the first time ever, and they will meet Selkirk in Sunday�s final at Netherdale Park in Galashiels.
Management duo James Orr and Craig McKinlay will be hoping their men can go one better than last season when they lost out in the final of the South of Scotland Cup at the hands of East Kilbride.
Colts looked dangerous from the start and in 8 minutes Richard Kirwan went close with low shot from the edge of the box which Stirling Uni keeper Kevin Walker tipped around the post at full stretch.
But from the resulting corner Colts took the lead when Gavin Lachlan whipped a dangerous ball into the penalty area and predator Brown was on hand to thump a header past Walker, much to the delight of the large home support.
Colts had another opportunity from a set piece in 11 minutes when Scott Davidson got onto the end of a cross from Michael Wallace, but the defender�s header was superbly saved by Walker.
The visitors slowly started to play their way back into the cup tie and enjoyed good spells of possession in the middle of the park but they rarely got in behind the Colts rearguard.
But Colts were looking good every time they went on the counter attack after spells of Stirling Uni possession.
And in 39 minutes the hosts almost doubled their lead when Wallace raced clear of the visitors defence and rifled a shot towards goal but the ball cannoned off the cross bar with Walker helpless.
Stirling Uni started the second period much brighter and in 50 minutes Kieran Hall had the ball in the Colts net but he was judged to be offside much to the relief of the Colts faithful.
However just before the hour mark Colts took control of the game when they grabbed their second.
Brown held the ball up superbly on the edge of the Stirling Uni box before laying the ball into the path of Holmes, who showed great skill to turn inside his opponent and curl a superb left foot shot into the far top corner leaving Walker helpless.
The second goal seemed to deflate any Stirling Uni comeback and in 84 minutes Colts secured victory and their place in the final.
A great sweeping move allowed Jeff Fergus to break free on the left and pick out Brown at the far post with an inch perfect low cross, and Colts top scorer made no mistake by thumping the ball high into the roof of the net.
Colts deserved their victory and co-managers Orr and McKinlay will be hoping their men can now reproduce their good end of season form one last time in Sunday�s final at Galashiels.
University of Stirling; Walker, Slattery, Webb, Mailer, Kellock, Miller, Cowley, McCafferty, Hall, Peden, Baber. Subs; Brown, McGuire, Landles, Burgess, MacEwan, Geddes, Allan