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Dundee lift National Trophy after Forth Valley scalp

Written by  Grenville Dawson
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Dundee Schools Seniors
 vs
Forth Valley Schools Seniors
 
 
 
Competition: SSFA National Trophy - Final
Venue: Dens Park, Dundee
Date: 25/04/2012
 
 
 
Author: Grenville Dawson
 
 
 
 
 
Following the semi final win over Aberdeen the Dundee Senior boys had been looking forward eagerly to the final against Forth Valley, particularly when it was agreed that Dundee FC would host the game at Dens Park. There had been some concern about the weather over the previous 24 hours but fortunately the heavy rain held off and the Senior National Trophy Final went ahead with the pitch in good condition.
 
Forth Valley took the game by the scruff of the neck and went on the attack from the start and Dundee survived a few near things while they acclimatised to the conditions.  Dundee weathered the storm and after the opening ten minutes started showing that they were also there to compete.  
 
With captain Keir Reilly lively in midfield Dundee started to put some attacks of their own together, and Connor MacLeod looked to make a breakthrough on several occasions. 
 
Gavin Thomson showed some trickery on the left with a couple of quick breaks and, though he was denied this time by Forth Valley defenders, it was a sign of what was to come.
 
The Dundee defence had settled down to their normal standard - the Morgan trio of Matthew Gallazzi, David Rae and Scott Taylor all looked calm and unflustered, seeking to start attacks whenever possible with accurate passes, while Jamie Irvine from St.John's had an excellent game in the heart of the defence.
 
After an even spell of play with no significant chances for either side, the game suddenly burst into life with a spectacular goal for the home team.  A Forth Valley clearance came to central defender Jamie Irvine just inside his own half and he struck a well-hit long pass to the feet of Connor MacLeod wide on the left and 25 to 30 yards out who hit a rocket shot which beat International keeper Dean Shaw all ends up and flew into the far corner, 1-0 (28 min).  A fantastic hit from the Morgan striker to put Dundee into the lead, but credit as well to Jamie Irvine for a superb pass to give him the chance.
 
Following a Dundee corner not long after, Dean Shaw in the Forth Valley goal went down with an injury which stopped play for two or three minutes but thankfully he seemed to recover without any ill effects.  With the break in play Dundee lost a little momentum and Forth Valley pressed hard for an equaliser in the last ten minutes of the half.  Dundee still had the best chance to add to the score when the Grove pair of Kieran Dack and Ryan Winter combined well, a pass from left to right across the park from Kieran Dack finding Ryan Winter clear on the right and his shot from the wing flew just a few inches over the bar.                                                        
 
Half Time: Dundee Schools Seniors 1-0 Forth Valley Schools Seniors
 
With Kieran Sturrock on for Ryan Winter Dundee set about increasing the lead with a good start to the second half.  Gavin Thomson burst down the left soon after the break and unleashed a fierce shot, only to see the ball crash back off the angle of bar and post - the Craigie striker was only biding his time however.  The next chance was a free kick by the halfway line in the 55th minute - David Rae launched a terrific strike towards the Forth Valley goal and forced the keeper to punch it over, amid gasps from the crowd. 
 
Forth Valley then created a couple of chances as they searched for an equaliser.  Dundee defended well with a good tackle from Scott Taylor leaving Jamie Irvine to clear, soon after the visitors had an excellent opportunity as the ever-dangerous Kieran Anderson-Ballantyne broke clear but blasted the ball over the bar to Dundee relief. 
 
As the hour mark approached Dundee hit Forth Valley with a quick double which nearly floored the visitors.  Gavin Thomson gathered the ball on the left wing and headed straight for goal, outpacing the Forth Valley defence before beating the keeper and firing into the net, 2-0 (59 min).
 
Two minutes later Gavin Thomson broke free once again and burst into the box, only this time to be brought down by a defender.  While the referee spoke to the defender, David Rae sprinted forward to grab the ball for the penalty kick.  The keeper dived to parry the spot-kick but David Rae was the first to follow up and bury the ball into the bottom corner, 3-0 (61 min).
 
Gavin Thomson's energetic efforts in taking on the Forth Valley defence meant he picked up a slight injury and he came off to great applause with Corey Gray replacing him in the 68th minute.
 
Forth Valley had not given up and three minutes later were back in contention when Kieran Anderson-Ballantyne attacked through the middle and the International striker from Falkirk turned the defence and shot home from just inside the box, past Justyn Brough's right hand, 3-1 (71 min).
 
With Forth Valley coming more into the game Dundee started to ring the changes with Darren Mackie, Robbie Norrie and David Geekie getting a taste of the action, as Connor MacLeod, Connaire Connelly and Keir Reilly took a well-earned break following their exertions.
 
Forth Valley's last chance to make an impression was a well-struck shot from Mark Flynn but it curled away past the far post and out for a goal kick.  Soon after the referee blew the final whistle and the Dundee boys could celebrate their win, the first in 15 years. 
 
Both sides had played the game in good spirit and were a credit to their Associations, making life easy for the excellent referee from Fife.  Forth Valley and Dundee collected their medals from SSFA President Rod Houston who then presented the cup to Dundee captain Keir Reilly.        
 
Full Time: Dundee Schools Seniors 3-1 Forth Valley Schools Seniors
 
Dundee Schools Seniors
Forth Valley Schools Seniors
Justyn Brough (Morgan Ac.)
Matthew Gallazzi (Morgan Ac.)
David Rae (Morgan Ac.)
Jamie Irvine (St.John's HS)
Scott Taylor (Morgan Ac.)
Ryan Winter (Grove Ac.)
Kieran Dack (Grove Ac.)
Keir Reilly (St.John's HS)
Connaire Connelly (St.John's HS)
Gavin Thomson (Craigie HS)
Connor MacLeod (Morgan Ac.)      
Adeel Ahamed (Grove Ac.)
Darren Mackie (Grove Ac.)
Connor Watson (Grove Ac.)
Corey Gray (Morgan Ac.)
Robbie Norrie (Morgan Ac.)
Kieran Sturrock (Morgan Ac.)
David Geekie (St.John's HS)
Blair Ogilvie (St.John's HS)
Dean Shaw (Falkirk HS)
Mark Sharp (Bannockburn HS)
David Cross (Bannockburn HS)
Ross McGeachie (Bannockburn HS)
Jack Stickler (Larbert HS)
Matthew Cooper (St.Mungo's HS)
Michael Weir (St.Modan's HS)
Jamie O'Grady (Falkirk HS)
Kieran Anderson-Ballantyne (Falkirk HS)
David McCauchie (Dunblane HS)
Steven Forbes (Balfron HS)
Callum McDougall (McLaren HS)
Craig Martin (Lornshill Ac.)
Dominic McGrandles (St.Modan's HS)
Shaun Johnstone (Alloa Ac.)
Mark Flynn (Wallace HS)
Colin Sanchez (Wallace HS)
 
 
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