Grove Academy were clinical in the senior Johnston Trophy as they swept away Morgan Academy 7-0. Astonishingly it is the seventh consecutive time Grove have won this competition. Darren Barnett scored two goals as Grove dominated proceedings at Tannadice.
With Grove looking to add further cup success to their repertoire they began the game in perfect fashion. Just two minutes in Barnett met a cross from the left and diverted the ball over the keeper and in.
Grove kept on attacking and came close again in the ninth minute of the game. Calum Faulkner cut in from the right side and fired a long range shot towards goal with his left foot. The ball flew just inches over the crossbar.
Four minutes later Grove did extend their lead via an unfortunate own goal from Kieran Wardlaw. The Morgan centre back, whilst attempting to clear a low cross, inadvertently turned the ball into his own net.
Shortly afterwards Grove were 3-0 up. Right back Steven Howie pinged a great ball to Barnett up top. The Grove striker drove towards goal and evaded the oncoming goalkeeper. The ball then fell to Adam Brown, who had joined in the attack, and he turned it in to the empty net.
As the game entered its 32nd minute Grove were awarded a free kick just outside the Morgan penalty area. Brown was the man to take the kick but his curling shot went just above the target.
Eight minutes later Brown was threatening again as he pinched the ball off of the Morgan defence to give himself a clear run at goal. Out came Morgan keeper Daniel Anderson who slid in with his feet and made a fantastic tackle to stop Brown dead in his tracks.
Just before the half time whistle Grove did manage to score their fourth. Calum Faulkner made a great run down the left wing and moved into the box. Anderson came out to meet him, but the Grove number seven calmly laid the ball off to Barnett. With the whole of the goal to aim at Barnett comfortably converted to give Grove a seemingly unassailable lead going into the break.