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Three in a row as Broughton pip Holyrood to national title

Broughton High School 2

Own Goal 35+2, Cole 68

Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow 0

  • Wednesday, 27 May 2015
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 13´s
  • SSFA Shield - Final

Ronnie McGowan | YFS West Region Journalist
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Broughton High School
  • 1-0
  • Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow

The second half saw a continuation of the control Broughton were exerting and Holyrood were finding it difficult to get any sustained cohesion into their play.

Holyrood were not without effort in trying to gain some form of momentum with Jamie Prete Alum prominent in exerting some urgency into the situation. A half chance came from a corner when a header from Evan Dunne skimmed over the cross- bar.

Throughout the second half Holyrood couldn’t release the tight grip Broughton were exerting. Clear-cut scoring chances were just not falling to the boys from Toryglen, while Broughton’s solid defence set about snuffing out any real threat.

Broughton’s half time substitute Robbie Cole showed good inventive play down the left side and was proving a handful for the Holyrood rear-guard. His creative ball skills and quick feet produced an opening for Liam Newton whose header narrowly slid past the post. On the hour mark Broughton struck the crossbar causing panic in the Holyrood defence.

Towards the end of the game in an attempt to force Broughton onto the back foot, Holyrood threw some dangerous looking crosses and free-kicks into the goalmouth but with no contact being made this only served to highlight the lack of a cutting edge.

With time running out for Holyrood there was a quick break from the Broughton defence and Scott McGill found Cammy Graham in space down the right. His low cross-field pass inevitably found an unmarked Robbie Cole who controlled the ball quickly and fired a low shot into the corner of the net. There was no time for Holyrood to recover from this late body-blow; the Scottish Shield was about to make its way along the M8, back to the capital for the third year running. As the lights dimmed over the stadium both teams could reflect and be proud of their performances, worthy of a final, and record over the season.

  • Full Time:
  • Broughton High School
  • 2-0
  • Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow


Broughton High School
Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow
1. Jay Cantly
2. Adam Dodds
3. Andy MacKenzie
4. Liam Newton
5. Josh Grigor
6. Lucas Berry
7. Cammy Graham
8. Sam Gormley
9. Scott McGill
10. Robbie Walker [c]
11. Adam Montogomery
14. Brodie McNab
15. Robbie Cole
16. Josh Doig
17. Peter Thomson
1. Josh Milligan
2. Evan Dunne
3. Max Skilling
4. Marcus Lavery
5. Niall Cannon
6. Adam Smith
7. Rhys Armstrong
8. Euan Rodger [c]
9. Gary Bowes
10. Michael Garrity
11. Jamie Prete Alum
12. Finn Kelly
13. Ali Kone
14. Jordan James Agbor
15. Mark Birrell
16. Sean Cullen
17. Brandon Iradakunda
Star Player
Broughton High School
Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow
Robbie Cole for his skill going forward and running with the ball, taking pressure off his defence.
Adam Smith for holding his defence together and showing good passing skills in creating attacking football.
Magic Moment
Broughton High School
Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow
The second goal in the dying minutes of an enthralling final sealed a season's hard work and endeavour.
The overhead kick from Max Skilling could have changed the whole dynamic of the game had it been a few inches lower and gone into the net.
Club Views
Broughton High School
Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow
Craig Howieson, Broughton coach, heaped praise on his opponents skill and endeavour in what was a finely balanced game between two well matched teams.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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