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Stirling unlucky as Graeme takes League Cup trophy

Graeme High School 5

McLaughlin, Sneddon, Rafferty x3, Bryson

Stirling High School 2

Ferguson, McGuigan
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Forth Valley Schools FA Final

A solid second half performance by Graeme High School proved to be the difference in a final which was a closer contest than the score line suggests. With the score level early in the second half; three goals in quick succession as the Falkirk side sealed the win and the trophy. 

Graeme took the intiative in the early stages as they took the lead through Alex Mclaughlin who latched onto Dillon Tennant’s pass inside the penalty area and rifled his shot into the top right corner.
 
An efficient counter attack caused the side to double their lead as Tom Henderson swung the ball into Blair Sneddon in the centre who after a few touches buried his shot past Stirling's Chris O’May.
 
Stirling hit straight back with a goal courtesy of Comhnall Ferguson’s back heel, after he reacted quickly to the rebound caused by a fantastic Aden Ritchie free kick.   
 
After some pressing from Graeme, Steven McGuigan skipped past two defenders on the left hand side only for his ambitious long range shot to go wide.
 
McGuigan had another chance to probe moments later as he charged through on goal but was snuffed out by defender William Greenhorn.
 
A misplaced pass outside the Stirling box almost gifted the opposition the lead as Sneddon’s shot found Henderson who put the ball narrowly wide.
 
McGuigan was again at the centre of his team’s fortunes as he managed to get clean through with only the keeper to beat however could only hit it straight at Lewis Duffy’s legs.
 
 
  • Half Time:
  • Graeme High School
  • 1-1
  • Stirling High School
However McGuigan’s efforts finally came off early in the second half when he slotted home a penalty after being brought down. 
 
Graeme began to lump on the pressure as they came close to taking the lead when Arron Bryson put Kieran Rafferty through on goal who hit the ball wide. However the player made up for the miss not long after when he powered forward and put the ball just out of the keeper’s reach to make it 3-2.
 
Graeme dominated from then on as Bryson’s shot was successfully put out of play by keeper O’May after the attacker managed to round the defender in the penalty area.
 
Stirling’s last glorious opportunity to get back into the game came from a corner in which keeper Duffy was forced to make a brilliant save to deny McGuigan who fell to the ground in horror. 
 
Bryson turned on the magic as the player put Graeme further ahead with a great solo effort. Cutting in from the left hand side the attacker muscled past the last man and whacking the ball into the bottom left.
 
In the dying moments Rafferty was brought down in the opposition box and coverted the resulting penalty to finish the game at 5-2. The victory completes the cup double for the side who also the scooped the league title this season.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Graeme High School
  • 5-2
  • Stirling High School

Lineups

Graeme High School
Stirling High School
1. Lewis Duffy
2. Ethan Russell
4. William Greenhorn
6. Dillon Tennant
8. Aiden McAvoy
9. Ben Brown
10. Tom Henderson
11. Blair Sneddon
12. Alexander Smith
14. Alex McLaughlin
16. Aaron Bryson
18. Kai Wilson
19. Tristan McArthur
21. Kieran Rafferty
22. Martin France
1. Chris O'May
2. John Mackinnon
3. Comhnall Ferguson
4. Zac Brown
5. Lorne Mculloch
7. Rehan Abbas
8. Lewis Thomson
9. Zak McKenna
10. Oliver Findlay
11. Aden Ritchie
12. Jay Dick
16. Kieran Watson
17. James Gillespie
19. Steven McGuigan
Star Player
Graeme High School
Stirling High School
Rafferty was the hat-trick hero for Graeme.
McGuigan was ever present for Stirling, doing his best to stem the tide.
Magic Moment
Graeme High School
Stirling High School
Bryson's solo goal was the pick of the bunch.
Ferguson's cheeky goal after Ritchie's superb free kick.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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