St Aidan’s were crowned League Cup champions on Thursday evening at Somervell Park after producing a fantastic display of football that started at the back and finished with great display’s from Mark Kyle, Nathan Stevenson, Euan Leonard and David Thomson in attack.
The eventual winners got the ball rolling on seven minutes when Stevenson struck a fizzing ball in front of goal from a corner kick that Kyle was able to get on the end of before heading closely over the crossbar. Oscar Bochniak then made a good run on the flank before hitting his cross hard and low into the six-yard box, Thomson rushed in and slid with an outstretched foot but narrowly failed to connect. Bochniak then sent a high penetrating ball into the Academy penalty area. It was half way cleared but fell to Thomson, whose shot from five yards was blocked on the line and hit to safety by an Airdrie defender.
St Aidan’s were awarded a free kick 35 yards from goal. The ball sailed high into the Airdrie penalty area for Leonard to leap and head towards goal and Darren Craig made a fantastic goalline save. Unfortunately for him, his efforts went in vain as the ball came back out to Leonard who placed into the net for the opening goal.
St Aidan’s picked up the pace and Academy heads seemed to go down as their defence was put under pressure for the remaining 10 minutes of the half. Their effort proved worthwhile as they went two goals up in the 35th minute. Thomson received the ball out wide and made his way forward before hitting a cross low and hard into the penalty area. Kyle intercepted in the six-yard box and knocked in from five yards to double St Aidan's lead.
In the few remaining minutes, St Aidan’s were on the hunt for a third and goalkeeper Declan Hutton sent the ball deep into opposing territory. Three players rose to meet the oncoming ball but it was Kyle that came out on top and brought the ball under control before making his way forward to shoot from 18 yards. Keeper Craig was up to the task and made a decent save. The last action of the half came when St Aidan’s won a free kick 30 yards out. It was struck low but Craig was down to make another comfortable save.