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.