Under a grey Lanarkshire sky Broughton High School lifted the Under 13 Scottish Schools’ Shield with a win over Holyrood Secondary.
Goals at the end of each half ensured the Edinburgh school maintained its consistent winning record in this tournament. In a well matched competitive final Broughton were sharp well organised and ultimately ran out deserved winners.
A large crowd turned up to see Broughton get the game under way at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.
As early as the third minute Broughton’s crisp passing was troubling the Glasgow team with Cammy Graham in the hub of the action. Both teams were adapting well to the wet surface.
Holyrood were taking time to find a rhythm but hit their stride when a move involving Euan Rodger, Adam Smith and Rhys Armstrong won a corner. Michael Garrity’s cross from the right found no takers and Broughton cleared their lines effectively which they did throughout the game.
There was a real let-off for Broughton when a tenth minute corner was met with a Max Skilling overhead kick which went just too high. This sparked a response from the Edinburgh team who enjoyed a good spell of possession and pressure with some fast movement down the left flank by Adam Montgomery who on twenty minutes, won the ball from Adam Smith. The resulting cross was a chance that went begging.
Broughton’s increasing superiority hadn't created any clear cut chances by midway through the first half, but they were always threatening to break the deadlock.
A tactical switch by Broughton saw the two wing forwards swap flanks which added an ominous variety to the problems being asked of the Holyrood defence.
As the first half drew to a close, in the steady rain, Broughton were still probing, looking for that breakthrough and it nearly arrived following a corner on the right but the ball sailed harmlessly over the top of the goal.
It was during time added on when gathering the ball on the left Liam Newton passed to Sam Gormley who swung the ball towards Adam Montgomery on the right hand side of Holyrood’s penalty box. Montgomery made an incisive run towards the by-line where his dangerous cross into a packed goalmouth was deflected into the net by a Holyrood defender. It was a cruel end to the first half for the Glasgow south-siders.