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Saints march to cup glory with stirring comeback

Written by  Umer Ejaz
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St Columba's HS Under 15s
Williamswood HS Under 15s
Competition: St Mirren Cup
Venue: UWS Sports Centre, Paisley
Date:  18/05/11
Author: Umer Ejaz
St Columba's produced a stunning comeback to turn round a two goal half time deficit and lift the St Mirren Cup.
The match started out quite competitively with both sets of players trying to win the ball. The first incident of the match didn’t happen until nearly fifteen minutes in, when Luke Irvine of Williamwood, struck a free-kick nearly thirty yards out but as the ball came in Cameron Paton in the St.Columba’s goal failed to grasp his hands onto the ball and it slipped into the goals. Though it looked as if the wind changed the ball’s direction in blustery conditions. A minute later, St.Columba’s Ross Hall struck a low shot only to see his shot cleared away by the Williamwood defence. 
It turned out to be a really gritty game of football from both teams as for the next ten minutes neither side could carve out any really great opportunity of counter attacking football. When the chance did arrive, it fell Aidan Gough who struck a sweet volley from twenty yards out only to see his shot bounce off the top of the crossbar!
The shot turned out to be a costly miss for St.Columba’s as they found themselves 2-0 down as Williamwood’s James Young doubled his side’s lead ten minutes before half-time. He managed to get played through by his team mates and as he ran into the St.Columba’s penalty area he was met by the on rushing Cameron Paton who at first managed to save the shot with his right hand but it allowed James to run through and slot into the empty net. 
Half Time: St.Columba’s 0-2 Williamwood
The second half turned out to be a incident packed game as it only took two minutes for the first incident to take place. Liam Paisley struck a low volley from twenty yards out only to see his shot hit off Ruraidh Fordyce’s right hand post but as the ball went back into play Ryan Sinnamon from St.Columba’s followed on and as he ran into the Williamwood penalty area Ruraidh brought him down and the ref without any hesitation pointed to the spot. In the process Chris Matthews was booked for showing dissent to the ref. Tom McKitrick stepped up to take the spot kick and scored to bring his team back into the game.
In the forty third minute, St.Columba’s nearly levelled with Ryan this time popping up again, he struck a ferocious volley from eighteen yards out but his shot was spectacularly saved by Ruraidh in the Williamwood goal who pushed it out for a corner. However, the pressure from St.Columba’s finally paid off for themselves as they were rewarded with an own goal from Calum Murphy, Ryan Sinnamons ran down the right and as he crossed the ball into the Williamwood goal, Calum stuck out his leg and put it into his own goal. 
Seven minutes later, Ross Hall nearly pulled off a spectacular goal by nearly scoring from the corner! As he struck the ball, he put enough curl into the ball that Ruraidh pushed the ball onto the bar and it managed to keep going before dropping back into play before being cleared. On the sixty seventh minute Sean Dinning made it 3-2 to St.Columba’s as he was played through by his team mates before chipping with a sidefoot finish to give his team the lead. Three minutes later, St.Columba’s went 4-2 up with Aidan Gough scoring from twenty five yards out with a brilliant free kick. 
In the end St.Columba’s held onto to the win and lifted the cup much to the joyous occasion to their supporters but Williamwood gave a brilliant performance with some great football and team play in leading up to their two goals. 
Full Time: St.Columba’s HS 4-2 Williamwood HS
St Columba's HS Under 15s
Williamswood HS Under 15s
1. Cameron Paton
3. Robert Hall
2. Ross Hall
4.Nick Jamieson
12. Tom McKitrick
11. Aidan Gough
9. Sean Dinning
6. Jonathan McGrath
7. Ryan Sinnamon
10. Liam Paisley
17. Shaun Corr
14.Michael Houlihan
18. Michael Fisher
Michael Spiers
5. Dean McLaughlin
Thomas O’Donoghue
1. Ruraidh Fordyce
2. Chris Matthews
3. Andrew Robertson
4. Gavin Orr
15. Calum Murphy
6. Sam Elliot
7. Luke Maher
8. Luke Irvine
9. Calum Gairns
10. James Young
11. Fraser Davren
12. Robbie Christie
11. Matthew Cavril
15. Andrew Wallace
YFS Man of the Match: Ryan Sinnamon
YFS Man of the Match: Ruraidh Fordyce
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