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Last gasp goal sends Mossend into next round of Scottish Cup against St Peters

Mossend FC 3

McQuade 27, O'Hagan 75, 91

St. Peters FC 2

Haggarty 2, McTernan 60
  • Sunday, 10 December 2017
  • Sir Matt Busby Stadium
  • Under 17´s
  • Scottish Youth Cup

Mossend met St. Peters in the fifth round of the Scottish Youth Cup in what proved to be an exciting and enthralling game of football, with both sides desperate for victory to get into the later stages.

Both teams came into the match with 100% records in their respective leagues, but something had to give in this cup tie in Belshill.

The away side started off strongly, and on a slick but firm pitch began to play some nice football straight from the kickoff and before Mossend had really started they were behind.

After some good build up play involving Chimwemwe Goma, the ball eventually broke to Thomas Haggarty who finished well to give St. Peters the lead after only two minutes.

The Paisley team were dominant in the opening stages and Mossend goalkeeper Adam Brown made some good saves to keep the lead down to one.

With their first real attack of the match the home side created a wonderful opportunity to level the match, but Martin Lockhart's effort smashed against the crossbar.

That chance gave Mossend the belief that they were well in the cup tie and they started to take charge of the game, winning three corners in a row and creating chances as a result.

The home team scored a deserved equaliser after 27 minutes. Mark McQuade was played clean through via a deflection from a St. Peters defender, and he fired the ball past Declan Shaw to make it 1-1. 

Mossend goalkeeper Brown continued to make some smart stops as St Peters began to create chances again after conceding, but they couldn't retake the lead before the end of the first half.

Goalscorer McQuade went down injured just before halftime and couldn't continue, meaning John O'Hagan had to replace him in what at first seemed to be a blow, but instead resulted in being a game-changer. 

  • Half Time:
  • Mossend FC
  • 1-1
  • St. Peters FC

St. Peters started the second half much the same as they started in the first half, on the front foot and pilling pressure on the Mossend goal, but the home side were defending well for now.

Haggarty was the stand out player for the away team, as he continued to make good runs for his side and make himself available, and it felt like he was their best chance of retaking the lead.

St. Peters deservedly went in front again on the hour after continuing to dominate the second half. The goal came through Lee McTernan who finished magnificently into the bottom corner giving Brown no chance.

Mossend were struggling to get a foothold in the game in the second half, with the away team threatening to run away with the game.

Goma was also a constant threat to the home team, with his dribbling ability causing problems all game but his final ball at times let him down.

Despite St Peter's being the better team in the second half, the home team were still well in the tie and continued to battle to get a second equaliser. 

The match completely turned on it's head in the 75th minute, as Mossend managed to equalise with only 15 minutes remaining. It came from substitute O'Hagan, who had made an impact on the match since coming on and drew his side level for the second time in the game.

Mossend's second goal had an almost identical impact to their first chance in the first half, they began to dominate the match and now they looked like the only team who could now win the match with St Peter's camped in their own half but they could score on the counter attack.

The home team created several chances with only minutes remaining to win the game, and they also had a strong penalty shout turned down by the referee as both teams began to get desperate. 

Mossend took the lead for the first time in the cup tie in the 91st minute through O'Hagan again, to spark wild celebrations from the home team. The ball broke to the striker in the middle of the box after a deflection from a St. Peters defender, and he was cool in front of goal to send his team in the sixth round of the Scottish Youth Cup.

St. Peters can be incredibly proud of their efforts in the match, as they were the better side for large parts of the game but the pressure applied by Mossend towards the end of the match proved to be too much and Mossend will be delighted to progress to the later stages of the cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Mossend FC
  • 3-2
  • St. Peters FC


Mossend FC
St. Peters FC
1. Adam Brown
3. Adam Liddell
4. Connor McQueen
5. Dylan Murphy
6. Aaron Minto
7. Jack Gibson
8. Martin Lockhart
9. Mark McQuade
10. Stephen Carr
12. Jack Docherty
14. Jack Harper
15. Roan Finn
16. John O'Hagan
17. Ryan Whitley
18. Lewis Smith
19. Aidan Clements
1. Declan Smith
2. Martin Miller
3. Ben Blair
5. Lewis Logan
6. Jude Birney
8. Thomas Haggarty
9. Lewis Connor
11. Aidan Calderwood
12. Lee McTernan
13. Lewis Quinn
14. John O'Donnell
15. Cameron Taylor
16. Marcus Holland
17. Chimwemwe Goma
23. Blair Richardson
20. Jordan Graham
Star Player
Mossend FC
St. Peters FC
The star player for Mossend had to be John O'Hagan, who made such an enormous impact on the match and eventually proved to be the match winner. His cool finish in the last minute of the cup tie was brilliant and his touch and general play was also excellent.
The star player for St. Peters was Thomas Haggarty, who impressed with his first touch and running in behind which caused problems for the Mossend defence all game. He finished well for the first goal and can be proud of his performance.
Magic Moment
Mossend FC
St. Peters FC
The magic moment for Mossend had to be the winner from O'Hagan, who's goal to give the home team the lead for the first time in the match resulted in crazy celebrations from both coaches and parents alike.
The magic moment from St. Peters came from Lee Mcternan, who scored the second goal for his side and was arguably fortunate to see his effort end up in the back of the net, but it was a great finish nonetheless.
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