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Clydeview lift St Mirren Cup with win over St Ninians

St Ninians High School 1


Clydeview Academy 3

Black (2), Monk
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2016
  • UWS Thornly Park
  • Under 15´s
  • U15s St Mirren Cup

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Clydeview Academy lifted the 2016 U15 St Mirren Cup with a 3-1 win over St Ninians High School on Wednesday afternoon at the University of the West of Scotland's Thornly Park.
A double from Jamie Black and Andrew Monk’s strike were enough to see Clydeview crowned winners, with Michael Ward on target for a strong St Ninian’s side.
With less than a minute played, St Ninian’s should have been in front. Posing a strong attacking threat from the off, Ciaran McAndrew curled a shot just wide of Clydeview goalkeeper Kyle McLean’s left hand post.
St Ninian’s continued to threaten, and Paul Kennedy’s firmly struck free kick was gathered comfortably by McLean.
Despite the bright start, it was Clydeview who took the lead. Latching on to the ball wide on the left, Black right footed finish nestled in the bottom corner.
Almost instantly after the restart, St Ninian’s levelled. Dominic McLaughlin’s floated free kick into the box was met by the head of Ward who glanced in the equaliser with a mere four minutes played. 
On eleven minutes, Clydeview got themselves in front. Intelligent movement from Andrew Monk saw the forward round St Ninian’s keeper Owen Sweeney and slotted in to an empty net. 
With three minutes of the first half remaining, St Ninian’s could have and should have gone in at the break level. Gianni Di Marco’s delivery from the left was by by the rising head of Ward, whose header bounced off the woodwork as Clydeview went into the break a goal to the good.
  • Half Time:
  • St Ninians High School
  • 1-2
  • Clydeview Academy
After the restart, both sides struggled to exert their authority on the game before St Ninian’s had the ball in the net. Di Marco’s ‘goal’ was then ruled out by the raised flag of the assistant referee on the near side, who signalled for offside. 
Black continued to shine, and won a penalty soon after. Quickest to a loose ball, he drove at the St Ninian’s defence, before rounding Sweeney who brought the winger down inside the area. Alistair Taylor took the resulting spot kick, blazing his effort over the bar. 
Clearly confident on the ball, trickery and pace down the left from Black saw the winger cross for Luke Mullin, who failed to connect with the ball as the chance petered out. 
With just over five minutes remaining, St Ninian’s were reduced to ten men for the denial of a goal scoring opportunity just outside the area. Black took the resulting free kick, with the ball bobbling and going a whisker wide of the post.  
In the last action of the game, Clydeview made sure of the silverware with a penalty kick. Having been upended inside the area, Black stepped up to the spot and made no mistake, burying the ball into the bottom right hand corner as the final whistle sounded. 
  • Full Time:
  • St Ninians High School
  • 1-3
  • Clydeview Academy


St Ninians High School
Clydeview Academy
1. Owen Sweeney
3. John Lynch
4. Dominic McLaughlin
5. Sean Higgins
6. Gianni Di Marco
7. Lewis McCluskey
8. Daniel Connor
9. Michael Ward
10. Liam McGinlay
11. Ciaran McAndrew
14. Rory Crombie
15. Cameron McKechnie
16. Max Gillies
17. Paul Kennedy
18. Charles Molloy
1. Kyle McLean
2. Luke Mullin
3. Callum Franke
5. Callum Sinclair
7. Jamie Black
8. Jack Millar
10. Andrew Monk
12. Rhys Gourdie
14. Scott Macleod
18. Jack MacDonald
34. Alistair Todd
42. Lee Barlas
48. Harvey Todd
Star Player
St Ninians High School
Clydeview Academy
Gianni Di Marco - Di Marco was always a threat down the left hand side and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself.
James George Black - Black played on the wing and has all the attributes to terrify defences. Had the pace, trickery and confidence to tie the opposing defenders up in knots and was fully deserving of his two goals.
Magic Moment
St Ninians High School
Clydeview Academy
Ward's header was a moment of quality and the perfect finish to a really well worked set piece.
Black's penalty as the final whistle sounded capped an impressive performance from the youngster.
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