Craigie High School came up against St. Johns RC High School in the final of the Dundee United Cup at Tannadice. What panned out was an absolute thriller of a final. Just three minutes into the game Craigie took the lead thanks to Kyle Anderson to really set the tone for the game. St. Johns then hit back as goals from Scott Cole and Nathan Scott, within quick succession gave them a 2-1 lead going into half time. Craigie began the second half with two quick fire goals for themselves, courtesy of Jake Porter and Jay Foran to see them back in the lead. St. Johns rallied once more and equalized in the 65th as Nathan Scott scored his second. They then took the lead five minutes after with a great goal from Tyler Martin. After that they never looked back. They added a fifth goal through Connor Coupe and then Nicholas Scott scored a stunner to seal the cup win for the boys in blue.
Both teams were evidently pumped up at the beginning of the match and had been difficult to separate in their league games this season. The crowd within Tannadice didn’t have to wait long to see the first goal as, in the third minute, Craigie dealt the first blow. The ball was picked up by Kyle Anderson and he expertly fired a low, unstoppable shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
St. Johns tried to work their way back into the game and came close after 11 minutes when Gavin Ritchie fired a shot wide of the post.
In the 16th minute Ritchie came close again to leveling the scores. St. Johns were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area and Ritchie stepped up to take. He bent his shot around the wall and towards the bottom right hand corner but he was expertly denied by a Ross Farmer diving save.
Four minutes later St.Johns were awarded another free kick in a similar position. This time it was Scott Cole who elected to take the kick. Similar to Ritchie’s previous effort, the number six bent the ball round the wall and into the bottom right hand corner. This time Farmer could not keep the ball out of the net.
Almost instantly afterwards St. Johns scored a second to take the lead. Nathan Scott was put through on goal by a superb ball. The forward then neatly slotted the ball past the oncoming ‘keeper to complete a magnificent turnaround.
A couple of minutes later Craigie had an opportunity to hit back themselves. A corner was delivered into the box and, after a few ricochets, it bounced up invitingly for Anderson. The number nine set himself up for the shot but sliced his effort wide of the target.