All Saints were the deserved winners in this hot-headed Glasgow Schools Cup Final. A dominating performance in the midfield from Nathan Fell secured the trophy, with the tough-tackling captain scoring two and setting up another.
It started scrappily at a sun-soaked Loreto. Tackles and aerial challenges were flying in and it wasn’t long until one header resulted in a goal. All Saints skipper Fell bulleted a long throw into the box, and Merci Ngoy was on-hand at the front post to nod in the opening goal after only 14 minutes.
Holyrood almost hit straight back. Anton Neely’s free-kick caused the All Saints goalie trouble, and the ball bounced high around the six-yard line. Dan Martins rose a leg, and the referee gave a penalty for high feet. Neely stepped up again, and hit his penalty low to the left, but keeper McClellan was fully behind it and kept the Saints ahead.
One or two chances were exchanged with Merci Ngoy and Fell again testing the Holyrood keeper, but there was nothing Aaron McKissock could do to keep Fell’s next shot out.
The referee played a good advantage in midfield, allowing Scotland Schoolboys’ star Fell to control the ball, knock it past his man and curve a shot into the bottom corner with the outside of his left foot. It was a sublime piece of skill, and it doubled All Saints lead on the half-hour mark.
But, Holyrood were able to hit back just before half-time. Ikenna Anunobi broke through after a great ball from Shakhar Kamal and won a corner. Centre-half Danny McGeever lept through the air and powered a bullet header into the net. 2-1 going into the break.