Trinity and Chryston High School’s met at Castle Park, home of Blantyre Victoria, in a fight for the Lanarkshire school’s league title. Both sides served up a fantastic match for the assembled crowd that saw nine goals and some great action as Chryston took the title with the help of hat trick hero Sean Slaven. It was a close run thing with Chryston scoring against the run of play at times, but their accuracy in front of goal proved to be the match winning formula over a very good Trinity side.
Trinity got off to a decent early start with a good ball played from midfield towards the Chryston penalty area for Trinity captain Liam Scullion to chase down. He won the race and brought the ball under control before going past a defender and striking from fifteen yards, only for a fantastic save from keeper William Quinn to deny the local side from taking the lead.
Trinity had enjoyed the bulk of possession but were left feeling stunned as Chryston broke from defence with a speculative ball into the Trinity half, Sean Slavin reading the situation, took control, rounded the goalkeeper and put into the back of the net from a tight angle.
Within minutes, Trinity had almost levelled when Sonny Coll passed to Kyle Doherty who rounded a defender and his shot was only inches over the crossbar from fifteen yards.
With fifteen minutes on the clock, Chryston managed another break from their penalty area as Ciaran Collins made a strong run into the Trinity half and passing inside for Daniel Gillespie, who managed to evade a defender but found himself being pushed wide. He knocked back to Collins who then unfortunately struck over the crossbar from eighteen yards.
Trinity took control of the first half and put the Chryston defence under some intense pressure. From an Aidan Tierney throw in, Scullion received the ball and turning, beat a Chryston player in the process before passing inside to Doherty. He took a touch and shot low past the left hand post from twenty yards.
On twenty five minutes, Trinity were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Chryston penalty area, Scullion stepped up and struck the ball off of the crossbar.
The pressure eventually told, and within a minute they had been awarded a penalty when Deaglan Moynes was brought down by a careless challenge inside the penalty area after running riot in the Chryston defence. Unfortunately, he failed to convert and sent the ball a foot wide of the right hand post.
Undeterred, Trinity kept pushing on and keeper Scott Kelly sent the ball deep into the heart of the Chryston half,. Moynes brought the ball under control with his chest, turned, skipped past a challenge then passed to Kyle Doherty who struck over the crossbar from twenty yards.
Moynes was in the thick of the action seconds later when he combined well with Scullion to pull off a nicely manufactured one-two at close quarters, fended off a defender before shooting wide from the edge of the box.
The search for an equaliser before half time continued when the ball was hoisted into the Chryston penalty area from the wing. Doherty managed to get on the end of the cross and back heeled towards Scullion who then struck wide from eighteen yards.
The hard work though was to eventually pay off in the last minute of the first half when Scullion struck a corner into the six yard area for Doherty to put into the back of the net and take the teams into the break level.