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Penalty hero Mitchell seals silverware for St John's

Grove Academy 2

Banyard 42', Mulligan 61'

St John's RC HS 2

E. Bannon 70', 80+2'
  • Grove Academy 2-2 St John's RC HS (St John's win 3-0 on penalties)

Andrew Creegan

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St John’s RC HS stunned Grove Academy as they won the George Grant Memorial Trophy 3-0 on penalties, after an injury time equaliser from Ethan Bannon. Goals from Tom Banyard and Josh Mulligan looked to have secured the cup for Grove, but Bannon’s late brace forced a shootout.

Grove missed all three of their kicks while St John’s found the net three times, securing the most remarkable of cup victories.

The first half was very much a non-event. The first moment of interest came after 32 minutes.

St John’s goalkeeper Lennon Mitchell made a smart save to deny Euan Faulkner from close range, before Finlay Baird volleyed the rebound over the bar from six yards out.


It took just two second half minutes for the game to come to life, as Tom Banyard put Grove in front. The midfielder drilled a low shot through Mitchell into the net.

Grove continued to search for a second as both Josh Mulligan and Fraser McLeod shot over from the top of the box.

With just over an hour gone, Mulligan grabbed Grove’s second. The midfielder won the ball in the St John’s half and released Euan Sneddon. The striker then cut the ball back for Mulligan, who steered the ball into the corner of the net.

St John’s hadn’t troubled Fraser Burnett in the Grove goal, but with ten minutes remaining, they pulled one back. Max Anderson’s cross was headed home from close range by Ethan Bannon.

The goal brought a confidence to the St John’s players that had been lacking for the previous hour. As for Grove, they were beginning to lose players to cramp.

Ben Russell’s header forced Burnett into a save with five minutes remaining. Russell then flashed a shot just wide after 80 minutes.

In the second minute of injury time, St John’s won a corner. With goalkeeper Mitchell inside the Grove penalty area, it was do-or-die.

The ball was sent in, and after being headed against the crossbar fell for Ethan Bannon, who poked the ball into the net from close range. It was a sickener for Grove, but St John’s were in dreamland.

The game nearly took one final twist as a long free kick saw the ball break to Callan Gallagher, but he couldn’t direct his volley on target.


Callan Gallagher was the first taker in the shootout, but he saw his penalty pushed away by the diving Lennon Mitchell. In fairness to the Grove man, this was a good save rather than a poor penalty. Kieran Inglis was the first St John’s taker, and he sent his effort high into the net.

Ross Fordyce was next up for Grove, but his effort was kept out by the legs of Mitchell. Brian Rice stepped up for St John’s, and the Dundee man found the bottom corner despite Fraser Burnett going the right way.

Tom Banyard stepped up knowing he had to score, but sent his penalty high over the crossbar. Ross Graham had the chance to win the game for St John’s, and he sent Burnett the wrong way, as the ball nestled in the corner, securing the cup for St John’s.

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Final Result: Grove Academy 2-2 St John's RC HS (St John's win 3-0 on penalties)


Grove Academy
St John's RC HS
1. Fraser Burnett
2. Jamie Crowe
3. Ross Fordyce
4. Chris Mudie
5. Scott Glennie
6. Tom Banyard
7. Finlay Baird
8. Fraser McLeod
9. Euan Sneddon
10. Andy Lyall
11. Euan Faulkner
12. Josh Mulligan
14. Adam Eaton
15. Lewis Stracey
16. Callan Gallagher
17. Owen McGolgan
18. Ross Jamieson
19. Lewis Armstrong
1. Lennon Mitchell
2. Ryan Bannon
3. Brian Rice
4. Nathan Cooney
5. Lewis Coutts
6. Ross Graham
7. Dylan Harkin
8. Jay Taylor
9. Ben Russell
10. Max Anderson
11. Ethan Bannon
12. Josh McLaughlin
14. Cameron Ross
15. Kieran Inglis
16. Kieran McWilliam
Star Player
Grove Academy
St John's RC HS
Josh Mulligan - The second half substitute brought real drive to the Grove midfield in the second half. His goal epitomised the impact he made as he started and finished the move. A fine performance.
Lennon Mitchell - Made a couple of important stops in normal time but came up big in the shootout. The first save in particular was very impressive.
Magic Moment
Grove Academy
St John's RC HS
Banyard's Goal - A nice move and finish that deservedly put his side in front.
Ethan Bannon's Second Goal - A last minute equaliser against your fiercest rivals in a cup final, that's pretty magic.

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