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Sensational Stirling win Forth Valley Cup

Stirling High School 2

Preston 10, 63

Alva Academy 1

Kempski 21
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2015
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Forth Valley Schools FA Cup

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Stirling High School overcame Alva Academy to lift the Forth Valley Schools Cup in a thrilling encounter at Ochilview Park. 
 
Stirling High, cheered on by their vocal support, started brightly and went ahead within ten minutes through Connor Preston. Alva Academy responded in spectacular style ten minutes later with Ross Kempski lobbing the helpless Chris Nairns from 35 yards out to equalise. With just over 5 minutes remaining, Preston bundled in a Ross MacFarlane cross to ensure the trophy was returning to Stirling High.
 
The energy from Stirling High's noisy supporters appeared to filter down from the stands as the team in blue started brightly, Beausang forcing a corner early on with his direct running before some intricate interplay between Hutchison and Paul Gillespie had the Alva defence is disarray.
 
Stirling dominated the early stages and were rewarded for their efforts on the ten minute mark when Alexander Ogilvie danced past two red shirts before laying off Preston to coolly put the boys in blue 1-0 in front.
 
Alva were struggling to cope with the high intensity of the Stirling team particularly down the left hand side with Gillespie and Hutchison creating havoc with their neat passing and dangerous crosses into the Alva box.
 
The Alva captain Sam Fisher was becoming increasingly influential making some important challenges to deny Stirling and he almost created a goal for his team with a free kick that Nairns just managed to tip over the bar.
 
The Alva players who had beginning to look frustrated were rejuvenated half way through the half when Ross Kempski lobbed Nairns from 35 yards out to equalise with a strike he won't be forgetting about in a hurry.
 
Stirling responded to the set-back quickly, the marauding Hutchison was a constant threat whilst MacFarlane showed flashes of brilliance that had it not been for the awareness of Fisher would have punished Alva.
 
Half-time was fast approaching and it came to a close much in the same way it had began, this time it was Stirling's number seven Gillespie that raced venomously toward the Alva goal but Alex Neil was quick off his line to clear the danger and the teams went in on level terms.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Stirling High School
  • 1-1
  • Alva Academy

The two teams emerged from the tunnel after half-time with a look of determination and as the sun broke out at Ochilview, tackles began to fly in from both sides in what was becoming a fiercely competitive encounter, Craig Duncan was fouled on edge of box before Michael Wilson's resulting free-kick brushed inches wide of the post.

Alva centre-back Fisher and Stirling's Beausang were becoming embroiled in a fascinating battle contesting every loose ball with a real edge  and Fisher produced some exquisite skill when he back-heeled to bamboozle Beausang's strike partner Ewan McMurray leaving him for dust.

The wind was now blowing in the direction of the Alva goal and appeared to carry Stirling's attacking threat with it, Beausang won a free-kick after having his shirt tugged and Hutchison stepped up to deliver a tantalising ball into the box with midfielder Preston narrowly heading the ball over the bar.

With only 15 minutes remaining in the match, Stirling were pushing hard for a second and Hutchison nearly emulated Alva's Kempski first-half goal when he launched a 40 yard strike of his own only to see his effort go inches over the bar.

Conditions at the home of Stenhousemuir began to worsen with the rain now bucketing down onto the astro pitch and moments later the first yellow-card of the match was produced after a late challenge from Hutchison.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, Alva could have went in front as the dangerous Kempski weaved his way through the Stirling defence before laying off Ross Gilvear who couldn't generate enough power to beat the Stirling goalie.

Just a couple of minutes later though, Stirling won a corner  and left-back Hutchison delivered an exceptional ball into the box which Preston bundled over the line to send his team 2-1 up and tighten their grasp on the Forth Valley Cup.

Alva had just over five minutes to rescue their Cup hopes and a free kick won by Kempski looked to have given them a slim chance but their commanding captain Fisher fired his shot over the bar and their dream was over when Coil Anderson was sent-off in the last minute for a rash challenge on Stirlings Neil Anderson.

Stirling saw out the remaining time and there were scenes of joy and ecstasy as the boys in blue celebrated with the trophy in front of their thrilled fans.

  • Full Time:
  • Stirling High School
  • 2-1
  • Alva Academy

Lineups

Stirling High School
Alva Academy
1. Chris Nairns
2. Neil Anderson
3. Ross Hutchison
4. Ross MacFarlane
5. Ryan Dempsey
7. Paul Gillepsie
8. Connor Preston
10. Louie Beausang
11. Alexander Ogilvie
12. Murray McWhinnie
14. Maurice Lindsay
16. Ewan McMurray
18. Declan Cairney
19. Barnabus Miller
1. Alex Neil
2. Aidan Halley
3. Craig Duncan
4. Hamsa Afsal
5. James Dewar
6. Sam Fisher
7. Mitchell Wilson
8. Lewis Duncan
9. Jacob Monk
10. Ross Gilvear
11. Ross Kempski
12. Kobe Furzer
14. Kieran Christie
15. Coil Anderson
16. Connor McEwan
Star Player
Stirling High School
Alva Academy
Louie Beausang - His electric pace, direct running and physical presence caused problems for Alva all day long.
Sam Fisher - A real captains performance - He was reliant in defence and composed on the ball and on another day could've been on the winning team!
Magic Moment
Stirling High School
Alva Academy
The second goal was a big moment in the match and ultimately the goal that sealed the trophy. Special to celebrate with their own support.
The Alva goal from Ross Kempski was something special, not often you see a 35 yard goal in a cup final!
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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