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Dramatic Saints comeback ends Dunfermline dream

Written by  Daniel Johnstone
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Dunfermline HS
St Margaret's HS (Airdrie)
U16 SSFA Shield - Quarter Final
Dunfermline HS
Last year's Under 15 national champions Dunfermline High School of Fife, received a visit from North Lanarkshire's St Margaret's High School in the final eight of the competition. 

The Fifers hadn't had it easy as they sought to make it two national titles in as many years. They had came through four tests so far - but never scored more than four goals. Auchmuty, Woodmill and Montrose had fell in the early rounds before a penalty kick victory away to Braes High School in the last sixteen.

St Margaret's had impressed, recording a number of victories against highly rated schools. Dollar, Denny, St Ambrose, Musselburgh Grammar and St Margaret's Academy Livingston had all fell to the Airdrie based school.

The home side got off to a bright start, opening the scoring through Ali McDonald. Things got even better for Dunfermline High School when Daryl Healy added a second before the interval, to put his team in the dirving seat.
Half Time: Dunfermline HS 2-0 St Margaret's HS (Airdrie)
The visitors knew they needed a response and they did manage to pull a goal back through a well worked indirect free kick. Ciaran Reilly played the ball into the path of Daniel Johnstone, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net.

Just as it looked as though Saints had secured a lifeline, Dunfermline delivered a hammer blow by scoring within a minute. Last season's cup final winning penalty kick hero Scott Hynd finding the target to give restore the home side's two goal advantage.

With less than five minutes remaining it was looking ominous for St Margaret's, but Cameron McClair struck to give them hope. Deep into injury time the visitors stunned their hosts with a last gasp equaliser - Johnstone netting his second of the game.
Full Time: Dunfermline HS 3-3 St Margaret's HS (Airdrie)

The first half of extra time was played out with very few goalscoring opportunities. However, after the break, the final twist of the match came. Saints' Connor Harper delivered an inch perfect cross and Johnstone was on hand to convert the cross and send the away contingent into scenes of joy.

Those scenes were replicated on the final whistle, as St Margaret's celebrated a superb comeback to knock out one of the favourite's for the competition.

Next up for Saints is a reasonably short trip to face Clydebank High School in the final four.

Final Result: Dunfermline HS 3-4 St Margaret's HS (Airdrie)
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