St Aloysius College headed back down the M80 with the Scottish Independent School’s Football Cup after defeating George Watson’s College 4-1 at a rainy Falkirk Stadium.
Brian McLean and James Lamont grabbed themselves a double as the Glasgow side made the most of their chances in a hard fought win in this physical encounter.
George Watson’s College had their fair share of chances but the Edinburgh side failed to capitalise on them.
The final had a slow start as both sides tried their best to grab an early goal and dictate the play, but the first ten minute didn’t show anything conclusive with all the attacks coming to nothing.
The first chance of the game fell to George Watson’s in the 14th minute, a counter attack started by Max Bendle who subsequently played through Louis Miller on goal. The winger found himself one on one with the keeper but his shot ricocheted off the post.
After that early warning, St Aloysius seemed to jump into life and looked the most likely to score as the clock ticked over 22 minutes. Making the most of the space out wide, their early chances all come from crosses into the box from the wings. The build-up play was good but the crosses were easily defended.
It was St Aloysius who would eventually break the deadlock though on the 28th minute, Brian McLean scored straight from the restart after play was stopped due to an injury. He saw the keeper off his line and tried his luck from range, unleashing a shot from just outside the box. The keeper was rooted to the spot and was helpless as the ball flew into the net. A cracking finish from range to put the Glasgow side in front.
The goal seemed to have rejuvenated the Saints in their push for a second, but shortly after handbags between the players would stop the game which would sum up the intensity of this physical encounter.
On the 37th minute, Watson’s has the ball in the net, but the ref has already blew his whistle because of an apparent hand ball in the build up to the goal.
A matter of minutes later, St Aloysius doubles their lead with McLean grabbing another goal in the 40th minute. Saints were all over the Watson box, countless shots were blocked as the ball couldn’t find the net. Eventually, the ball was cut back to McLean who made no mistake and blasted the ball home to double the advantage.
The goal signalled the end of the first half, the Saints took their chances in the first half with Brian McLean netting both. But the score line was a fair reflection of the game as the saints looked the more dominant team.
However Watson’s had their share in opportunities, Max Bendle had a great chance early on in the match to put his side 1-0 up but the woodwork denied him. Good end-to-end half of football.