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St. Johns beat Craigie in cup final thriller

Craigie High School 3

Anderson 3, Porter 43, Foran 47

St. John’s RC High School 6

Cole 20, Na. Scott 21, 65, Martin 70, Coupe 73, Ni. Scott 80

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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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.
 
Things began to calm down in the half and the score remained the same up until half time. As the referee called an end to the first period Craigie had to come up with a way to battle back after the break. For St. Johns it was all about staying in front. 
As the second half began Craigie hit back instantly. Whatever was said certainly worked. St. Johns were awarded a corner and the kick was cleared straight out of the Craigie box. Craigie then expertly hit St. Johns on the break. Jay Foran was given the ball and made a superb run down the right wing. He then fired a low cross straight across the face of goal. Jake Porter was sprinted in unmarked at the far post to smash the ball home.
 
Craigie didn’t leave it there as, just four minutes after their equaliser, they regained the lead. Jay Foran turned from provider to goal scorer as he picked up the ball, drove into the box, rounded the goalkeeper and fired the ball into the back of the net.
 
Ten minutes later St. Johns thought they had leveled when Connor Coupe directed a right sided cross into the bottom left hand corner of the net. The celebrations were cut short, however, because the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.
 
Not long after St. Johns came close again. Nathan Scott was put through on goal, rounded the keeper and fired a shot towards goal. He was denied by the outstretched leg of Craigie defender Declan Gall, who had raced back to cover his ‘keeper. Fantastic defending.
 
As the game ticked into the 65th minute St. Johns got their equaliser. Nathan Scott once again picked up the ball and broke free of the Craigie defence. He then wasted no time in slotting his ball past the oncoming goalie into the bottom right of the goal.
 
Five minutes later the lead changed hands once again. Tyler Martin was the man to put St. Johns 4-3 up as he launched an unstoppable shot from 20 yards out straight into the top corner of the net.
 
St. Johns then extended their lead seven minutes from time with a neat maneuver. Gavin Ritchie took a short corner to Connor Coupe who laid the ball back. Ritche then passed once again to Coupe had moved out to the edge of the box. Coupe fired a first time shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. The score was now 5-3.
 
With clock ticking down and the game seemingly won there was still time for one last goal in stoppage time, and what an effort it was. A corner was played low out to Nicholas Scott who was arriving at the edge of the box. He then fired his strike past all the bodies between him and the goal straight into the top right corner. The win for St. Johns was sealed.
 
As the full time whistle blew those from St. Johns could celebrate their trophy win. Both teams contributed to a superb final and neither should be disheartened with the effort that was put in. The day belonged to St. Johns who are now the winners of the Dundee United Cup.
      
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Lineups

Craigie High School
St. John’s RC High School
1. Ross Farmer
2. Adriss Akesbi
3. Kyle Craig
4. Declan Gall
5. Barry Finlayson
6. Ryan Smith
7. Alan Stewart
8. Cameron McFie
9. Kyle Anderson
10. Jay Foran
11. Ryan Massie
12. Kaide Halliday
13. Aaron Petrie
14. Jake Porter
15. Nairn Martin
16. Liam Moore
1. Michael Ellwood
2. Nicholas Scott
3. Taylor Carroll
4. Logan Irvine
5. Kieran Conway
6. Scott Cole
7. Gavin Ritchie
8. Saul Cooney
9. Craig Kemlo
10. Nathan Scott
11. Connor Coupe
12. Steven Sinclair
13. Dean Currie
14. Kazim Ahmed
15. Tyler Martin
16. Liam Thomson
Star Player
Craigie High School
St. John’s RC High School
Jay Foran – A real pain for the St. Johns defence to deal with. Scored a goal and set up one.
Nathan Scott – Double goal scorer on the day and had a couple of other chances. Was excellent throughout. Scored eight goals the last time I saw him play in the colours of Dundee West. A real prolific marksman.
Magic Moment
Craigie High School
St. John’s RC High School
Foran’s goal – When it went in you just knew you were watching a special final. The third time the lead changed hands in the game.
Martin’s goal – The fourth time the lead changed hands. This time St. Johns never looked back and it was a special goal to put them in that position. Nicholas Scott’s goal runs it close mind.

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