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St Aidan's ease past Airdrie Academy to lift league cup

St Aidan's HS 3

Leonard 31' Kyle 35' 73' (pen)

Airdrie Academy 0

  • Thursday, 04 June 2015
  • Somervell Park, Cambuslang
  • Under 16´s
  • Lanarkshire School's League Cup Final

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • St Aidan's HS
  • 2-0
  • Airdrie Academy

Airdrie Academy started the second half with a touch more fire in their bellies and were awarded a couple of free kicks that managed to trouble the St Aidan’s defence. Jack McKnight struck the first low from 30 yards and forced Hutton into making a decent save, the second free kick was hit high into the St Aidan’s penalty area by Robbie Cairns. It was left to bounce in front of Hutton and skimmed the top of the crossbar.

St Aidan’s were made to wait until the 68th minute before getting a chance on goal when Bochniak rose to head the ball onto Cameron Ballantyne who immediately passed on for the charging Thomson. His run into the Airdrie box was forced wide by defender Zeeshan Aziz but he still managed to shoot from a tight angle and see his shot saved by Craig.

The pressure on the Academy goal was unrelenting and was rewarded when Aziz clumsily brought down Kyle inside the 18-yard line and gave a penalty kick to the Wishaw side. Kyle calmly stepped up and sent the ball into the top left hand corner of the net for his second of the night.

With 75 minutes played, Airdrie Academy won another free kick close to the half way line. Cairns' strike cannoned past the post by a yard. As the clock ran down, St Aidan’s did not rest on their laurels and conjured up a couple of decent efforts from thin air.

First, Thomson won a challenge inside the Airdrie penalty area and unselfishly gave inside for Stevenson but his 15 yard strike edged past the left goalpost. The second was a great solo effort from Kyle when he broke from defence with the ball at his feet and made a surging run out on the wing on his way to the Airdrie goal. He managed to beat a couple of players and held off a challenge before shooting wide from 15 yards.

The match was a pretty one-sided affair and Airdrie Academy should just put this down to a bad day at the office. Passes went astray and shots on goal were a rare occurrence and it did not help that St Aidan’s had a more than competent back four that were able to clear their lines and send balls for Kyle and Thomson to exploit. St Aidan’s were worthy winners and fully deserved to raise the League Cup in front of a jubilant support.

  • Full Time:
  • St Aidan's HS
  • 3-0
  • Airdrie Academy

Lineups

St Aidan's HS
Airdrie Academy
1. D Hutton
2. O Bochniak
4. D Lunny
5. C Smith
7. N Stevenson
8. C Ballantyne
9. M Kyle
10. D Thomson
11. E Leonard
12. C Lafferty
14. D McKeown
16. S Duffy
17. I Hardie
18. A McKeown
1. D Craig GK
2. E Gartshore
3. R Henderson
4. R Cairns
5. S Stewart
6. C Truesdale
7. M Craig
8. J McKnight
9. B McTaggart
10. G Jack
11. C Logan
12. Z Aziz
13. L Andrade
14. C Smith
15. G Weir
16. R Fraser
17. K McGuigan
Star Player
St Aidan's HS
Airdrie Academy
Mark Kyle - Scored two goals and had a great game in midfield and attack.
Darren Craig - Made some great saves and managed to keep the score respectable.
Magic Moment
St Aidan's HS
Airdrie Academy
Mark Kyle's injury time run from defence into the Academy penalty area where he shot wide.
Any one of Darren Craig's great saves.
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