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Stirling Albion Junior Academy lifted the U13s Challenge Cup following a sudden-death penalty-shoot-out victory over Wasps Community Club.
The sun was shining on Recreation Park with the early kick-off on Sunday providing a local derby to add more spice to the cup final, and Wasps started promisingly when Harris McGrath went on a good run down the left but Albion's Ross McFarlane shrugged him off with a challenge, showing that both teams were up for the contest. Stirling's Callum Kerr made some good early runs, dragging centre-halves all over the place. Martin Sanda then played in Matthew Cornes with a great ball but the striker failed to do much with the ball.
Alloa's Michael McQueen hit a great chipped through ball to McGrath but Stirling's Ross McFarlane dealt with the attack and seen the ball away. Connor Ross defended well, holding off Cornes after Kerr had split the defence with a through ball, allowing Aaron Honeymoon to collect the ball. McGrath played a nice overhead ball to Kyle Lindsay-Docherty but Stirling keeper saved well.
Wasps' Jamie Lee produced a bit of magic when he flicked the ball up for himself and proceeded to hit a volley just over the bar. Matthew Cornes was fouled on the edge of the D on the stroke of half-time and Wasps will regret the foul after Callum Kerr scored a brilliant free-kick through the three-man wall defence to give Stirling a 1-0 lead, making good on their control of the game as the whistle for half-time was blown.
Half Time: Wasps Community Club 0-1 Stirling Albion Junior Academy
The second half started with Stirling on the attack with Cameron Murray shrugging off Callum Ross before taking a shot which deflected off Nathan Paterson and wide.
Albion defender Ross Macfarlane almost made a fool of Wasps 'keeper Honeymoon when a corner eventually came to him out at 40-yards and he hit a half volley which bounced over the keeper, but he managed to recover to prevent the Binos doubling their lead.
Oliver Easton replaced Declan McGarvie for Wasps and the substitute looked lively on the channels, managing to whip in a cross for McGrath, who got his leg round the Albion defender but his shot couldn't test Hartley. Callum Kerr tried to score from another free-kick but the angle was against the young forward and his effort went over.
It was another set-piece that was to result in a goal, but this time in Wasps favour as Captain Ryan McCarthy-Lee delivered a ball down the middle which evaded a couple of players and arrived at the foot of Michael McQueen, who slotted the ball in to equalise proceedings near the hour mark with just under 15 minutes remaining and with the young boys tired on the large pitch that seemed to be the last throw of the dice before the match went straight to penalties.
Heartbreak was to ensue for one of the two sides and it fell to Stirling's Steven Knox to seal the shoot-out victory after Wasps goalkeeper Aaron Honeymoon missed the first sudden death penalty; and with Knox slotting home his effort, Stirling Albion Junior Academy were crowned the victors.
Full Time: Wasps Community Club 1-1 Stirling Albion Junior Academy (Stirling Albion Junior Academy win 6-5 on penalties)