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All Saints secure title with dominant win against Holyrood

Holyrood Secondary 1

McGeever 40

All Saints RC Secondary 3

M. Ngoy 14, Fell 30, 59
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018
  • Loreto, Bishopbriggs
  • Under 18´s
  • Glasgow Schools FA - Final

Andrew Petrie | YFS South East Region Journalist

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.

  • Half Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary
  • 1-2
  • All Saints RC Secondary

A few late challenges started to appear after some tasty first-half incidents, and the referee started to dish out the cards, with Merci Ngoy, Kieran Redmond, Johnny Lyon, and Euan Rodger all going into the book in the second half.

All Saints managed to get another goal on the hour mark, and it was that man Fell again. Elie Ngoy kept the ball in well on the left-hand side and found Lyon, who held off two defenders to find Merci Ngoy. The big striker showed good composure to find Fell unmarked at the back post, and the captain cooly slotted in his second, and All Saints' third.

Holyrood’s final chance to get back into the game was ended by some valiant defending from Paul Fee. After initial good play from Holyrood substitute Danny Mefford to get into the box, Neely hit his shot straight at the keeper. The ball was cleared, but goalscorer McGeever hit a wonderful pass to the back post to find Tyler McGee. He looked certain to score, but Fee threw himself in front of the shot.

Ultimately, it was a deserved win for All Saints, who thumped Cleveden 7-2 in the semi-finals and got through a tough 4-3 win against Lourdes in the quarters. The attacking trio of Redmond, Lyon, and Merci Ngoy were a danger throughout, but it was a midfield masterclass from Fell who dominated from start to finish.

  • Full Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary
  • 1-3
  • All Saints RC Secondary

Lineups

Holyrood Secondary
All Saints RC Secondary
1. Aaron McKissock
2. Jonathan Kavanagh
3. Peter Tompkins
4. Tyler McGee
5. Danny McGeever
7. Pearce McGarvey
8. Anton Neely
9. Ikenna Anunobi
11. Danny Mefford
12. Kyle Connor
14. James Jordan-Buckley
14. Euan Rodger
15. Shakhar Kamal
1. Ryan McClellan
2. Dom Scally
3. Elie Ngoy
4. Henri Nziza
5. Dan Martins
6. Paul Fee
7. Joe Flannigan
8. Nathan Fell
9. Johnny Lyon
10. Kieran Redmond
11. Merci Ngoy
12. Conor Gallagher
Star Player
Holyrood Secondary
All Saints RC Secondary
Holyrood will be disappointed but commanding centre half Danny McGeever stood out them. A laidback approach when others were losing heads helped his side stay in tie, and he was a constant threat in the air.
As mentioned, Nathan Fell controlled proceedings. A touch of the Scott Brown’s about him, with some hard (but fair) tackling which wound up opposition parents. He played the villain magnificently though, scoring two and setting up another.
Magic Moment
Holyrood Secondary
All Saints RC Secondary
There was some really tidy footwork from Kyle Connor in the middle of the park, including a lovely roulette to take him past his opponent. That was about it for Holyrood.
Fell’s first goal was a bit of genius, like a left-footed Quaresma. It was a bit of magic needed to lift the game that was becoming a case of hit-and-hope. Kieran Redmond should get a special mention for managing to almost fully summersault after completely miskicking the ball.
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