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St. Peter the Apostle seal cup final glory

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Bishopbriggs Academy Under 15's
St. Peter the Apostle HS Under 15's
Competition: Glasgow Cup - Final
Venue: Celtic Park
Date: 16/05/2012
Author: James Hunter

St. Peter the Apostle claimed cup glory after an epic final victory over Bishopbriggs Academy at Celtic Park. It was a game befitting of the home of the 2011/2012 SPL Champions and a healthy crowd showed their support for both sides in which St. Peter’s triumphed 4-2. With the stadium packed with schoolchildren cheering on their contemporaries, the atmosphere was impressive as fans of each side packed into the lower South Stand to the left of the tunnel.

St. Peter Apostle’s started the game off brightly and number fourteen David Seagrave forced Bishopbriggs goalkeeper Kyle O’Donnell into a smart save forcing a corner. From Seagrave’s corner the ball was nearly flicked in at the near post but O’Donnell was alert as he gathered the ball.

It didn’t take Apostles long to take the lead though and after a corner into the box Calum Campbell hit the bar and the rebound was finished by Sam Gallagher, firing Apostles into an early lead.  Apostles were very much on the ascendancy and goal scorer Sam Gallagher saw his strike from outside the box go agonisingly wide after a good, patient passing build up.

Mikey Hopkins was a constant thorn in the side of Bishopbriggs in the first half as he bombed down the left hand channel. One such occasion saw him fouled as he looked to breakaway. A freekick was given and taken by David Seagrave whose inch perfect ball met the head of Craig Conan to put St Peters 2-0 up.

With the way the game was going it looked as though St. Peters were romping to victory but not long after going two up, they were pegged back. Daniel Welsh pulled the goal back for Bishopbriggs after a corner in was headed on the line into his path and he bulleted home the header.

Despite getting themselves a foothold back into the game, Mikey Hopkins almost restored his sides two goal advantage. He showed great endeavour to beat three player and make his way into the box. He put the ball low past the goalkeeper but defender Alan Hogg managed to stop the ball creeping over the line. Hopkins didn’t have long to wait to add his name to the scoresheet.

Kyle Chalmers’ shot was blocked by O’Donnell and was stolen, in the melee, Hopkins who took one touch before firing into the empty net.

With half time approaching it looked like the last action of the half, however, Bishopbriggs were determined to get themselves back in the game. They got that with an absolute wonder strike from Steven Hanigan. He was around twenty yards from goal on the right hand side of the box and, without the outside of his foot, curled  the ball high over the goalkeeper and into the top left of the goal to keep Bishopbriggs in the game.

Half Time: Bishopbriggs Academy 2-3 St. Peter the Apostle

If the first half was a game of attacking flair and willingness from players to get forward at every attempt the second half was a more dogged affair. For the first ten minutes or so there was very few attacking chances with each side reduced to shot from outside the box that were straight at the keeper.  The passing in the first half was crisp and precise however in the second it was a lot more slack as the ball was failing to find the intended target several times. This may have been due to tiredness at already playing a half on this wide open pitch.

The best chance of the second half was for Bishopbriggs. After striker Alex Cassels was crowded out as he looked for the ball, St. Peter’s Scott Wright was penalised for picking up the ball after the referee determined it was a pass back from the a defender. This was as good a chance Bishopbriggs could have hoped for in their search for an equaliser. The ball was laid off to Alan Hogg who saw his shot cannon off the wall and cleared to safety.

Bishopbriggs were having more of the second half at this point and a foul on Ryan Blair led to a free kick in a good area on the right hand side. Blair did well enough to get the ball over the wall and on target but it never worried Wright in the Apostle goal. Then Bishopbriggs’ Steven Hanigan had goalkeeper Wright worried when he fizzed a free kick narrowly wide.

It wasn’t to be for Bishopbriggs though and even though they managed to deny Christopher Dooley, whose cross was headed off the line, once he wasn’t to be denied again as he smashed home the last goal of the game. The ever impressive Seagrave held off the defender and teed off Dooley who lashed the ball high into the back of the net to seal cup final glory for St. Peter the Apostle.

Full Time: Bishopbriggs Academy 2-4 St. Peter the Apostle HS
Bishopbriggs Academy Under 15s
St. Peter the Apostle HS Under 15s
1. Kyle O'Donnell
2. Steven Conroy
3. Logan Serel
4. Alan Hogg 
5. David Hanigan
6. Steven Hanigan
7. Jordan Scott
8. Daniel Welsh
9. Ryan Blair
10. Alex Cassels
11. Frazer Gourlay
12. Dean Logan
13. John Tait
14. Cameron Kenney
15. Colin McNeil
16. Andrew Divers
1. Scott Wright
2. Connor O' Donahue
3. Calum Campbell
4. Kyle Chalmers
5. Bryan Gray
6. Ryan Forrester
7. Christopher Dooley
8. Craig Conan
9. Mikey Hopkins
10. Sam Gallagher
11. Aiden Murray
12. Paul McLaughlin
14. David Seagrave
15. Liam Deane 
16. Paul McKenna
17. Alan Hardie
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James Hunter

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