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Scotland squandered early chances and switched off in the second-half, allowing England relatively easy passage to the Toulon Tournament final. Mikey Johnston’s individual wondergoal put the Scots ahead, but a goal from Callum Connolly and a brace from Eddie Nketiah secured the win for the Young Lions.
Oliver Burke came closest to opening the scoring. The powerful winger received a high through ball, and his good first touch took him away from Jake Clarke-Salter, but his low shot smacked the face of the post and the chance was gone.
England's best first-half chance came to Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell. Keeping the ball in well, Eddie Nketiah curved a cross to the back-post. Callum Connolly nodded it back into the middle, but his knock-down evaded Dowell and Scotland cleared.
But, it was Scotland who took the lead with an absolutely stunning goal from Mikey Johnston. The Celtic winger picked the ball up on the half-way line, skipped past Connolly and Dowell and cut onto his right as the crowd got to their feet in anticipation. He then cut back onto his left, surged into the box past Jonjoe Kenny and blasted past Freddie Woodman from a tight angle.
Tempers flared before half time when two very late challenges seemed to go unpunished. Firstly, Nketiah went flying in late on 16-year-old Billy Gilmour, and then Ronaldo Vieira swung wildly at Jason Kerr. Handbags ensued, but the Mexican referee brandished no cards.
Three second-half goals from Linlithgow Rose secured the under-14s Tony Macaroni Cup in a 3-1 success against Broxburn Athletic Colts.
It was the perfect game of two halves, as Broxburn totally controlled the first half without being able to kill the game, before Linlithgow showed their clinical ability in the second 35 in a half of dominance.
Broxburn took a first-half lead through Sean Rafferty's terrific strike. However, Linlithgow struck back with three goals in the final 13 minutes from Kamil Spalony, Joseph Osborne, and Harry McMartin to win the cup.
Neither side really took control in the first 10 minutes, but Broxburn were determined to put an early press on to try and force some errors from Linlithgow. Credit must go to the likes of Fraser Iag and Osborne however, as they and the rest of the defence didn't budge and stayed composed.
But, with the game still to settle into a pattern - Broxburn stunned Linlithgow by snatching a 15th minute lead. Rafferty collected the ball in the box, before showing a pacey turn of feet to get away from two defenders and hammer a shot over Matthew Wallace.
The goal really settled Broxburn into an impressive pattern of play. Murray Lowe was a constant menace in the number 10 position, showing some great technique to take the ball under control and look for passes in behind Linlithgow.
However, it was more the general style of Broxburn's play that was impressing the spectators. They were determined to play with the ball on the deck, with many good ball-players in their side showing their skill as they looked for a second.
Maddox Ireland was making some promising moves in behind Linlithgow's back-line, and showed good feet to get away from Oag before sending a teasing cross into the middle. Unfortunately for Broxburn though, there was nobody to divert it goalwards.
Lowe continued to impress as he fed Craig Bailie, whose low effort was easy enough for Wallace, before Lowe himself had an optimistic pop off target.
Linlithgow were trying to mount attacks on the counter, but they were rushing their passes and struggling for composure on the ball. They did have one lovely move that involved Euan Walker, McMartin, and Andrew McGill. However, when McGill caught sight of goal in the box, he was quickly shut down.
With half-time just moments away, Broxburn should've doubled their advantage. A cross from Ryan Allan caused havoc in the Linlithgow penalty area. As the defence struggled to clear, it fell kindly to Jack Begg, who could only screw wide on the turn from yards out.
Bathgate Thistle win Under-13 Tony Macaroni Cup after stunning penalty shootout success over Broxburn AthleticWritten by David Walton
Corey Brown was the hero as his penalty save in the shootout saw Bathgate Thistle win the Under-13s Tony Macaroni Cup in a 4-3 penalties win against Broxburn Athletic Colts.
The shootout came after a stunning 70 minutes that saw the entertaining clash finish in a 3-3 draw, whilst the sides also couldn't be settled in extra-time.
Cameron Sheddon bagged a brace as Shay Hamilton scored the other for Broxburn, whilst a double from Matthew Ross added to a Toby Baldock penalty at the start of the second half.
Bathgate started the game looking bright and constantly looking for the run of Ross in behind the Broxburn defence. Twice in the first 10 minutes did the young attacker nearly get in behind, but Broxburn marshalled him well early on.
And it would actually be Broxburn who fired themselves into an early lead on eight minutes. Liam Crook showed some flashy footwork down the left before spotting Sneddon on the edge of the area. Sneddon took a touch before firing low under the arms of Brown and in.
Bathgate responded positively. Ross and Ben Drummond almost burst through, but touches let them down, before Ross slashed an effort wide on the turn in an impressive spell for Bathgate.
As Thistle just couldn't get the ball under control in front of goal in the first half, Broxburn nearly made them pay with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half. Ethan Grant created an angle for himself in the box. He sent a powerful low effort towards the far corner that was well parried by Brown and tapped home on the follow-up by Crook. However, unfortunately for the forward, he was flagged for offside.
And just moments later it should've been 1-1. The lively Toby Baldock collected a deep Evan Curtis free-kick. After darting past his man, Baldock then sent a teasing ball across the face of goal that was nearly met by Ross, but he miss-hit the ball and it went wide.
Bathgate continued to try and apply some late pressure before the end of the half, but other than a Ross strike on the turn, credit must go to Broxburn's defence for keeping Thistle relatively quiet.
It was Burnbank FC vs Pro Football Academy in the final of the McCartney Scott Cup final, played at Wishaw Juniors.
For most, if not all of these boys. it will have been the biggest games of their careers so far, albeit at a very young age, but I’m sure the nerves were huge as the teams came out for kickoff.
The game began in frantic fashion, with both sets of teams understandably desperate for a fast start but with a strong wind both sides struggled to keep the ball in the early stages.
There was a long delay early in the match as the Pro Football keeper went down after a goal kick and after some treatment he had to be replaced by sub keeper Liam Glavin.
The first real chance fell to Burnbank as Darren Odonohue was sent clean through by captain Terry Dolan and he looked a certainty to score but Lewis Campbell produced a brilliant last ditch tackle to deny him.
Burnbank were the better team in the opening 15 minutes, winning several corners in a row but they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
In their first real chance of the game, PFA took the lead after 20 minutes. A flick from a free-kick fell to the feet of Alex McKay who despite getting clattered by the Burnbank keeper, managed to squeeze the ball in and put his side in front.
This gave his side the confidence and momentum they were looking for and it only took another 5 minutes for Pro Football to double their lead. Cian Murphy was given too much space in the middle of the park and he played a great ball over the top of the Burnbank defence for Mckay and he finished well under the goalkeeper to grab his second of the final and give his team a huge advantage.
Pro football were beginning to dominate the match, passing the ball well and not giving their opponents anything.
It looked like Burnbank’s best chance to get back into the match was from corners and they created a good chance from successive corners but captain Dolan couldn’t quite direct his header goalwards.
Burnbank finished the half strong but couldn’t test the Pro Football goalkeeper and would need something special in the second half to turn the final around.
Cove Youth FCs route to the final involved wins over Middlefield Wasps, Lasswade Thistle, Kilwinning Rangers, Erskine Youth, Banks O'Dee Albion and Falkirk CFC.
Hutchison Vale beat Loanhead Miners, AM Soccer Club, Knightswood,Stenhousemuir, Eddlewood, Johnstone Burgh and Grassroots Development.
Hutchison Vale had the first big chance of the game when Tyrone Core raced clear of the Cove defence and his effort from the edge of the box evaded Cove goalkeeper Lloyd Sharp, however defender Calum Somers was there to block the shot off the line.
Cove went a goal ahead in the 25th minute. A good corner from Josh Robb from the left hand side came into the danger zone which tested the opposition defence and Liam Duthie was there four yards from goal to volley home and give Mark Robb's side a dream start.
The Aberdeen side kept at Hutchison Vale and a second goal arrived four minutes later when a Robb pass found Kasen Seed who produced a half volley which found the roof of the net past Vale goalkeeper Dean Brownlee.
It was turning into an entertaining final and Vale reduced the deficit, Core turned his marker getting the striker free on goal and the forward found the bottom left hand corner from 16 yards to put the Edinburgh side back into the game.
In the last of seven Scottish Cup finals of a marathon weekend, Longniddry Villa met Falkirk Foundation Blue in the eagerly anticipated 2003s final.
It was a fairy-tale moment for Longniddry to find themselves in the Scottish Cup final, their first, and they had certainly exceeded expectations, but they had more than deserved to be in the final.
In their run to the final, Longniddry had a relatively comfortable run, with wins including 7-2 over Portobello CFA in the second round and 5-2 over Stenhousemuir BC round four. However, the most difficult games came in the quarter final against Celtic BC, which finished 2-2 after extra time and Longniddry prevailed 5-4 on penalties. In the semi-final they narrowly defeated Tynecastle 1-0 to reach the final.
Falkirk will also be delighted with their cup run, as they have juggled it with a successful league campaign so far in which they have only lost two games and sit third with games in hand.
Falkirk’s run was simlar to Longniddry in terms of their biggest challenge being in the semi-finals. The run included a 10-1 win over Wishaw in the first round and a 9-2 win over Musselburgh in round four. In the semi-final they were pushed all the way by Johnstone Burgh but prevailed 2-1 after extra time.
Longniddry kicked the game off, playing in light blue with Falkirk in all black, and the match began at a good pace as both sides wanted to set a marker down early.
Jack MacDonald, who looked lively early on, had the first strike of the afternoon for Longniddry but his left-footed strike sailed over the crossbar.
The first good chance of the match fell to Falkirk’s Euan Hunter who, after some great work from Liam Fagan to square the ball back, missed his shot completely from only eight yards out.
Despite this early chance for Falkirk, it was the team from East Lothian who started the match stronger, as they were dominating possession and causing their opponents problems.
After ten minutes Falkirk began to get a grip of the game and put some pressure on their opponents, winning three successive corners but nothing was to come of them.
Halfway through the first half and the game had become somewhat scrappy, as loose passes from both teams had resulted in the game simmering down.
A well worked free-kick from Longniddry on the edge of the box allowed Euan Donaldson some space on the left-hand side, but his cross was well punched away from Gregor Fullerton.
Longniddry produced another good opening and perhaps Aiden Walsh should have done better as his strike from only ten yards out was well saved by Fullerton.
From the resulting corner a flick on at the near post gave Matthew McMillan a great chance to open the scoring but he couldn’t quite reach the ball.
Longniddry’s good pressure at the end of the first half was rewarded as they took the lead five minutes before halftime. A mistake at the back from Falkirk resulted in MacDonald going clean through on goal, his initial effort was well saved by Fullerton but the ball fell to Ben Dixon who finished well to put his team in front.
Falkirk equalised only minutes later and it was a mistake from the Longniddry goalkeeper that handed them the goal. Michael Beattie’s long free-kick looked comfortable for Sam Capes but he dropped the ball onto Fagan who inadvertently equalised for his side.
In what was otherwise a quiet first half, it was a manic end to it and the sides went into halftime in the final level.
For Hurlford, they were aiming to make history and win the club's first ever Scottish Cup at youth level. EKFC were victorious at the 2002 age group a couple of years back, but the 2001 squad were chasing their first cup win.
Holyrood triumphed in a fantastic final that saw free-flowing, attacking football played by both sides, created from confident play, clever passing and fantastic first touches. Goals from Shay O'Donnell and Euan Rodger put the 'Rood in front, before Logan Buick got one back for St. Andrew's and St. Bride's. It set up a tense finish, but ultimately the Holyrood defence held firm.
The first chance of the game saw St. Andy’s centre-half Cameron Stuart send a header towards the corner of the net, but it was wonderfully saved by Holyrood keeper, Jaques Heraghty.
Holyrood's first chance came from Niall Ferry's great trickery. The kinky winger turned his man multiple times before sending a cross to the back post, but Christos Balas couldn’t stretch enough to get on the end of it.
But, they managed to get the breakthrough after 25 minutes. Balas showed good skill and released a great pass to Josh Milligan. His cross was blocked, but it came back to Balas, who cut back to Rodger. His pass found Shay O'Donnell, who let the ball run across him before hitting a low, left-footed shot into the corner.
St. Andy's best chance to equalise again fell to Hagen. A great ball in from the Matthew McKinlay found the unmarked left-midfielder, but he didn't connect properly and his volley trundled to the keeper.
Blantyre SAC Black secured the win against Milton Rovers to lift the LFDA Cup at the John Cummings Stadium.
Blantyre SAC Black defeated Cleland 6-2 to reach the final, whilst Milton Rovers narrowly beat Holytown 3-2 at the semi-final stage.
To say Blantyre started quickly was an understatement. Rhys Mallin found himself free down the right hand side almost immediately from the kick off and his powerful shot was too much for the Milton goalkeeper, giving his team the lead after only 11 seconds, which was surely one of, if not the fastest, LFDA Cup final goal ever.
Milton Rovers responded really well to the goal however and they deservedly equalised after 6 minutes through a great finish from Connor McIntyre that gave the goalkeeper no chance.
McIntyre almost grabbed his second after good work from Ciaran McKenna but his effort was well saved by the Blantyre keeper.
After 15 minutes the game had settled and was pretty level, as Blantyre were having more possession but Milton were creating the better chances.
The team in black started to put pressure on their opponents defence, winning three corners in a row but the Milton Rovers defence held firm.
After the blistering start from both teams, the game had few other clear cut chances for the remainder of the first half, as perhaps the magnitude of the game started to play in the minds of both players.
Although there was some good play and passing from both teams in the first half, the final just wasn't quite there.
Cathkin overcame St Ninian's Giffnock on penalties in the final of the Scottish Schools Senior Shield at Hampden Park on Friday night, after a ferocious battle that ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Both sides came into the contest on the back of 3-0 victories each in their respective semi-finals, however they couldn't find a way past each other in a battling display from both side's defences.
Martin Cassells and Iain Last came closest for St Ninian's and Cathkin respectively, but in truth it was a victory for both defences in what was a nerve-shredding contest between the pair.
The game started at the pace it would generally stay at - scrappy and full-throttle. Paul Smith typified St Ninian's aggression in the midfield with some hearty challenges and determination early on, and that's a theme that would stay with both sides when battling for the ball.
Neither side took control of proceedings, but there was always hearts in the mouth for Cathin when Paul Kennedy picked the ball up in the number 10 position. The creative midfielder set up his side on several occasions, but some unfortunate finishing and sterling goalkeeping from Robbie Hemfrey kept Cathkin level.
The first real chance of the game came from Cassells. A lovely move down the left saw St Ninian's have a three-on-two counter, but when the ball fell to Cassells he fired low and hard at the grateful Hemfrey, who got down well to smother.
Up the other end, Last was causing some real problems. His physical style and hold-up play was allowing the odd spur from Cathkin, and he created a lovely opening for himself down the right that forced Matthew Boyle into a smart stop.
Picking up the ball down the right, Last took on one of the St Ninian's defenders. After darting past him, it opened up an angle for a left-footed effort that he fired at Boyle. The goalkeeper was ready, however, and palmed the ball away confidently.
Moments later, Callum Miller blazed an audacious volley over the bar as Last used his power to win another corner for Cathkin.
The Cambuslang-based high school were looking the better side heading into half-time, but Kennedy provided them with a warning of his ability as he created space for himself 20 yards out and fired a shot straight at Hemfrey before the break.