West Lothian Schools' secured their place in the semi-final of the SSFA National Trophy courtesy of penalty shootout against Dundee Schools'. The visitors lead 2-0 early in the second half courtesy of goals from Taylor Shelvin and Nathan Donnelly-Kay, but the hosts fought back with goals from Adam Brown and Nathan Scott levelling the tie. Donnelly-Kay’s second of the match put the visitors back in front late on but there was still enough time remaining for Harry Dow to find the net and take the game to a penalty shootout, that West Lothian went on to win.
After a back and forth opening, the visitors went ahead after 10 minutes. West Lothian’s quick corner caught the Dundee defence, who could only stand and watch as Taylor Shelvin turned the ball in from close range.
Dundee responded well, as Finlay Baird set up Adam Brown, but the striker’s effort was wide of the mark. Nathan Donnelly-Kay forced Dundee keeper Fraser Burnett into a save after 18 minutes, before Dundee’s Blair Whyte volleyed wide from the top of the box.
The windy conditions were influencing the game, and nearly brought Dundee an equaliser as Lewis Finnie’s cross landed just wide of the West Lothian goal midway through the first half. The hosts felt they should have had a penalty after 36 minutes as Rory Faulkner went down inside the area, but the referee was unmoved despite the appeals.
West Lothian nearly doubled their lead five minutes before the break. A mistake from Finnie allowed Shelvin in one-on-one with Burnett, but the Dundee keeper came out on top as he pushed the shot away from danger.