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Baldragon lift Dundee Schools Cup at Dens

St John's RC HS 0

Baldragon Academy 2

McGregor 44, Van Toom 63
  • Monday, 07 May 2018
  • Dens Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Urquhart Trophy
On a sunny evening at Dens Park it was Baldragon who had cause to celebrate as they lifted the Under 14's Dundee Schools Urquhart Trophy at the expense of St John's RC High School.
 
Two second half goals from Ryan McGregor and Kyler Van Toom proved to be the difference as they managed to take advantage of the counter-attack, getting the best of their SFA Performance School opponents at the home of Dundee FC.
 
Baldragon started the match with real intent, pushing against the St John's backline and threatening to break through on more than one occasion. Despite the early pressure, they could not get the better of their opponents in the opening stages. They were largely reduced to half-chances and blocked shots after some good defending by St John's.
 
As time went on they started to wear down the resistance of St John's and would have no doubt taken the lead after a Baldragon attacker was played through on goal if not for the goalkeeping heroics of Fergus Robertson.
 
15 minutes in and St John's were producing  few chances of their own, with Kerr Smith making a mazy run down the right wing before lashing a shot against the Baldragon 'keeper's feet.
 
Luca Snee was next to trouble the Baldragon goal after he managed to get the best of his marker before firing a shot just wide of goal from just outside the box.
 
Baldragon had their best chance just three minutes before half-time when they were played through. The attacker took too hevy a touch and that was enough of a window of opportunity and Robertson was brave, grabbing the ball at the players feet, suffering a knock in the process.
  • Half Time:
  • St John's RC HS
  • 0-0
  • Baldragon Academy
St John's started the second half better than they started the first as they attempted to assert themselves on Baldragon. They had an early opportunity in the 37th minute when Smith played a ball into Snee who could only attempt a glancing effort which went narrowly wide of the post.
 
Baldragon were under pressure and had resorted to breaking on the counter-attack and they made one count in the 44th minute when they took the lead. A quick break from Baldragon saw the ball played through to Ryan McGregor who had the composure to slide the ball past Robertson and set his team on their way.
 
After this goal St John's were trying desperately to grab an equaliser, however the Baldragon backline was holding strong. The only real chance for the team in blue coming from a long-range effort by Ewan Mannion which was easily held by the 'keeper.
 
10 minutes from time, Baldragon completed the scoring and it was a goal to remember from Kyler Van Toom, who fired a looping shot over Robertson and into the back of the net, ending the scoring and securing his side's status as champions.
 
  • Full Time:
  • St John's RC HS
  • 0-2
  • Baldragon Academy

Lineups

St John's RC HS
Baldragon Academy
1. Fergus Robertson
2. Nairn Greig
3. Christopher Gorrie
4. Innus Urquhart
5. Daniel Conway
6. Josh Taylor
8. Kerr Smith
9. Luca Snee
10. Jamie McCord
10. Callum Lamb
12. Jacob Munro
13. Ben Barclay
13. Dorian Ziolkowski
14. Ewan Mannion
14. Joshua McCallum
16. Callum Kennedy
Ben Todd
Aaron Christie
Bradley McCabe
David Mackikille
Rhys Harrison
Mark Ross
Cameron Blackloch
Kyler Van Toom
Rio Page
Ryan McGregor
Aiden Law
Adam Griffin
Scott McGirney
Finlay Taylor
Thomas Cunningham
Star Player
St John's RC HS
Baldragon Academy
Fergus Robertson - Made a few very important saves in the first half. Was very brave and didn't shy away from his responsibilities
Ryan McGregor - Was a constant menace for Baldragon and took his goal very well
Magic Moment
St John's RC HS
Baldragon Academy
St John's will look at this match as a learning experience and will no doubt be back in the final in the future.
Van Toom's goal - sealed the tie and the trophy for Baldragon. Great effort.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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