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Chryston edge past Trinity in thrilling league decider

Trinity HS 4

Doherty 35' 40' Scullion 51' 64'

Chryston HS 5

Slaven 6' 46' 55' Stevenson 53' Renfrew 61'
  • Thursday, 28 May 2015
  • Castle Park, Blantyre
  • Under 14´s
  • LSFA league decider

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Trinity HS
  • 1-1
  • Chryston HS
Trinity started the second half as strongly as they had finished the first, with Kyle Doherty attacking the goal. A long ball was played into Chryston half for Doherty to bring under control, rounding a player and shooting wide of the post.
His hard graft was to be rewarded though with a second goal on forty minutes when another long ball was sent into the Chryston half and found the end of Doherty’s boot. He played a nice one-two with Scullion and sent the ball wide of the keeper from ten yards.
The pressure continued and Trinity searched for a third. In an effort to win the ball back for his side, Scullion slid in hard to regain possession and knocked the ball towards the Chryston goal from twenty yards, his tenacity almost got him on the score sheet as the ball struck the post.
On forty six minutes Chryston managed to relieve the pressure on their goal with a counter attack that saw them awarded a free kick on the halfway line. Jason Stevenson sent the free kick high into a packed Trinity penalty area and keeper Kelly couldn't quite get both hands on the ball which fell to the feet of Slaven. He then dinked into the goal from three yards to level the score.
Slaven then had a decent effort a few minutes later when he made a good run with the ball at his feet. He beat one player then found some space whilst under pressure from a second, his strike though from thirty yards whistled closely over the crossbar.
Trinity won a free kick thirty yards from Chryston’s goal, Scullion struck a dipping shot goal bound, but Quinn managed to get his palm onto it and send it safely over the crossbar for a Trinity corner kick. Moynes struck the corner past the far post which Coll headed back into the six yard box for Scullion to head in for 3-2.
The lead wasn't to last as Bradley Renfrew’s corner into the Trinity six yard box was cleared out towards Slaven on the edge of the penalty area, his shot was kept low and found its way through the scrum of bodies. Kelly managed to get down and make a great save but Jason Stevenson struck the loose ball into the goal to level the game again.
Chryston got their noses in front for the first time in this second half when Stevenson sent a high ball into the Trinity penalty box, falling short of the keeper’s reach, Slaven snuck in and headed in from six yards. He had another effort go wide of the post a couple of minutes later when he shot from twenty yards.  
Chryston then extended their lead when Renfrew slotted the ball past the keeper from ten yards to make it 3-5.
Trinity hadn't thrown the towel in yet and it was Scullion that gave them the lifeline that they needed with the classiest goal of the match. He received the ball from a throw in, thirty yards from goal, went past a defender then casually lobbed the ball over the keeper from eighteen yards.
With four minutes of the match remaining Trinity had brought on the kitchen sink and were relentless in their efforts to grab a late equaliser. Keigan Thomas struck the ball towards Scullion in the Chryston half, Scullion split the defence with his pinpoint pass that Moynes found but could only poke over the crossbar from fifteen yards.
The match went into injury time when Scullion hit a hopeful ball into the Chryston penalty area from halfway. A bunch of bodies rose to meet the ball but Coll headed into the net and for a second everyone thought the goal stood, but the referee disallowed the goal then blew the whistle for full time.
In this hugely dramatic and entertaining match, it was unfortunate that one team had to walk away with nothing to show for their season's effort. Both sides had contrasting styles, and ultimately Chryston's prevailed as they had the ball in the back of the net five times in a fantastic match.
  • Full Time:
  • Trinity HS
  • 4-5
  • Chryston HS


Trinity HS
Chryston HS
1. S Kelly GK
2. K Thomas
3. Aidan Tierney
4. B Donague
5. A Clements
6. M McWilliams
7. R Shiels
8. S Coll
9. K Doherty
10. L Scullion
11. D Moynes
12. C Sinclair
14. K Evans
15. L McInally
16. D McCaig
1. W Quinn
2. J Gordon
3. A Gillespie
4. J Stevenson
5. R Waugh
6. R Preston
7. H Young
8. S Slaven
9. D Gillespie
10. C Collins
11. M Mason
12. J Burns
14. B Renfrew
15. K Robertson
Star Player
Trinity HS
Chryston HS
Liam Scullion - scorer of two goals, involved in almost all midfield and attacking action, should leadership and tenacity.
Sean Slaven - big contribution up front, scorer of a hat trick and thorn in side of Trinity defence.
Magic Moment
Trinity HS
Chryston HS
Liam Scullion's second half goal that saw him turn and beat a player before casually lobbing the ball over keeper.
Sean Slaven's first half goal that saw him go past the keeper and tucking into the back of net from tight angle.
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