Nathan Scott’s late strike saw St John’s RC HS triumph in the Senior Johnston Trophy final. Ben Russell put St John’s ahead midway through the second half, but a cool finish from Adam Brown brought Grove Academy level. But Scott popped up with the decisive goal 20 minutes from time.
St John’s were nearly ahead inside two minutes. Nathan Scott won the ball on the edge of the Grove box, but tried to beat goalkeeper Fraser Burnett at the near post rather than shoot across the keeper. Brian Rice then fired over for St John’s after five minutes.
Both teams were edgy in the opening stages, with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested.
Burnett made a fine save after 23 minutes to keep the score level. The Grove stopper then made a fingertip save to keep out Ross Graham’s header. Graham then headed the resulting corner narrowly over.
Craig Kelmo was the next St John’s player to test Burnett, but the Grove keeper was equal to his effort.
Despite the cagey opening, both teams were beginning to play to their full potential. Adam Brown brought a save out of Michael Ellwood before Burnett denied Scott again.
Brown had the ball in the net after 39 minutes, but the striker was judged to be offside.