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Braidhurst reign in the rain to lift national title

Braidhurst High School 2

Hastie, Lang

Strathaven Academy 1

Fleming
  • Saturday, 05 July 2014
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 15´s
  • SSFA Shield - Final

Rob McCarry | YFS West Region Journalist
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A wild and wet night welcomed us to Airdrie on Friday night as the two best Under 15 school sides met to contest the national cup final at the Excelsior stadium and a sizeable crowd would be in attendance to see one of them write their names into history.
 
The combination of the slippery surface and Airdrieonians plastic pitch made controlling the ball a nightmare for both sides and most of the first period would be spent chasing stray passes and trying to pick out teammates but with players of such quality it wouldn’t be long before things clicked into place.
 
It would be Strathaven who found their feet first and following a scrabled goalline clearance from Jonathan McCabe early on Ross Fleming capitalised on a defensive mix up between Darren Wilson and goalkeeper Adam Sinnet and showed excellent touch and composure to move into the box and fire past the goalkeeper goal to give his side the lead.
 
The boys in pink would be quick to respond and following a Dylan Flaconer corner Jake Hastie was quickest to react and glanced the ball home to restore parity before the half tie break and level the scores heading into the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Braidhurst High School
  • 1-1
  • Strathaven Academy
The equaliser seemed to have shifted momentum over to Braidhurst and they started the second period much more positively than their opponents with Dylan Falconer showing excellent pace and power to drive past his marker and shoot from a narrow angle but Adam Sinnet watched it fly past his near post before Ryan Watt tried his luck from the other side of the box but his left footed effort also bounced past the post.
 
At the other end Strathaven captain Jack McDonald was doing his best to respond in kind and his tireless running was creating gaps but his team were unable to capitalise and aside from a solo effort that flew over his efforts were doing little to stem the tide.
 
Tearing past the full back yet again Falconer sent a beautiful cross through the six yard box from the by-line but substitute Deryn Lang arrived a fraction of a second too late to connect and the ball flashed past his outstretched boot. This however only served as a taste of what was to come and when winger Jordan Duncan spotted Lang running into the box with ten minutes to he was able to gently lift the ball into his path where he was able to reach it just ahead of Whitelaw and this time connected well to power it home and give his side ahead for the first time on the match.
 
Strathaven were shaken but refused to give in and thought they had equalised with moments to go as they bundled the ball over the line from close range from a corner but referee Nick Walsh had seen something he didn’t like in the stramash to reach the ball and signalled that a foul had been committed to the outrage of the South Lanarkshire sides support.
 
A final curled effort from the right was judged perfectly and sent sailing towards the top corner but replacement goalkeeper Tony Sharkey tracked it well and tipped the ball over the bar to deny the effort and break young hearts. The final whistle blew soon after and the Braidhurst players erupted in a release of joy at becoming National Champions in the culmination of a season of hard work and effort and creating memories that would last for a lifetime as they clinched a third title in a row, truly the mark of a quality side.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Braidhurst High School
  • 2-1
  • Strathaven Academy

Lineups

Braidhurst High School
Strathaven Academy

1. Adam Sinnet
2. Dillon McCreath
3. Jonathan McCabe
4. Nicholas Mullen
5. Rico Quitongo
6.Ross Wilson
7. Andrew McNulty
8. Jake Hastie
9. Dylan Falconer
10. Ryan Watt
11. Jordan Duncan
12. Darren Wilson
13. Tony Sharke
14. Thomas Smart
15. Deryn Lang
16. Derrick Boafour

1. Ryan Whitelaw
2. Stephen McKnight
3. Angus Kinniburgh
4. David Morgan
5. Scott Jamieson
6. Lewis Whitters
7. Jack McDonald
8. Ross Fleming
9. Scott Gray
10. Jamie McDonald
11. Kris Johnston
12. Elliot Sorbie
14. Robert Mulholland
15. Euan Heggie
16. Fraser May
17. James Anderson

Star Player
Braidhurst High School
Strathaven Academy
Setting up the first and and playing a part in the second Dylan Falconer was a constant thorn in the side of Strathaven
Jack McDonald led his side well but was ultimately unable to inspire a comeback for his side
Magic Moment
Braidhurst High School
Strathaven Academy
The acrobatic save by Tony Sharkey that secured the result for Braidhurst was superb
The opener from Ross Fleming raised his sides hopes but the momentum did not last
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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