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St John's worthy champions with big win over Harris Academy

St John's RC HS 6

Neilson 21, 38, 40, 48, Geekie 68, Garrick 69

Harris Academy 2

Dolan 29, 78
  • Monday, 07 May 2018
  • Dens Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Dundee Schools FA Senior Sports Cup
St John's put in a commanding display on Monday evening as they swept aside Harris Academy at Dens Park to lift the Senior Sports Cup.
 
The star of the show was without a doubt St John's Lewis Neilson, who bagged an impressive four goals on the night to help guide his team to the trophy. Kieron Dolan managed to grab a brace for Harris but it was not enough agaisnt a very strong St John's side.
 
St John's began the game on the front foot, peppering shots at the Harris goal. It took a combination of good goalkeeping, great defending and even the woodwork to keep the score level, but ultimately the Harris resistance could not hold out for long.
 
It took 21 minutes for St John's to score their first of the match and it came through a piuece of individual brilliance from Lewis Neilson, who used his strength and pace to drive into the box from the right hand side before slotting the ball through the keepers legs for the opener.
 
Harris, to their credit, refused to give up and just nine minutes later they had an equaliser. Kieron Dolan was played through and as the striker made his way into the box, he fired a shot high into the St John's net to level the scores.
 
St John's continued putting the pressure on their opponents and eventually restored their lead two minutes from half-time when Neilson took advantage of some slack defending to lash home.
 
Harris would have been hoping at this point to get into half-time just the one goal down, unfortunately for them, Lewis Neilson had other plans as he converted a header from a corner in stoppage time to give his side a two-goal advantage at the interval.
 
 
  • Half Time:
  • St John's RC HS
  • 3-1
  • Harris Academy
St John's began the second half very much the same way they started the first, putting immense amounts of pressure on the Harris defenders and not allowing their opponents any opportunity to move up the pitch.
 
The team in orange added to their lead on the 48th minute mark and it was Lewis Neilson with his fourth of the game, slotting under the Harris 'keeper.
 
That goal signalled a period of the game where St John's were in complete control, dominating possession and keeping the ball inside the Harris half. This was an assured performance as they continued their search for more goals.
 
And they did just that on the 68th minute when a free-kick crossed in from the right hand side was met by the glancing touch of Kyle Geekie, who sent the ball past the 'keeper for St John's fifth.
 
A minute later it was six and this time it came through a ball from the left and after an initial shot was saved by the 'keeper, the rebound fell to Ben Garrick who had the simple task of placing the ball home.
 
Harris did manage to grab themselves a consolation goal two minutes from time and what a goal it was. Harris were awarded a free-kick which was promptly fired home by a wonderful strike from Kieron Dolan.
 
The goal will perhaps serve as a shining moment in a largely disappointing night for Harris, but St John's will be absolutely delighted with their performance and were worthy champions at the end of the day.
 
  • Full Time:
  • St John's RC HS
  • 6-2
  • Harris Academy

Lineups

St John's RC HS
Harris Academy
Kai Flynn
Ben Garrick
Kyle Geekie
Daniel Hart
Ruari Henry
Liam Hunt
Conner Kerr
Damian Kunc
Lewis Neilson
Finn Robson
Shaun Rollo
Keir Skinner
Lewis Thomson
Jack Wilkie
Dylan Young
Peter Cringle
Kieran Edwards
Jacob Edwards
Josh Hamilton
Campbell James
McKenzie Lee
Callum Livingston
Aiden Marshall
Scott Simpson
Jamie Sinclair
Ewan White
Kieran Dolan
Joshua Hood
Gary Mearns
Matthew Lowden Rees
Connor Spence
Josh Westwood
Star Player
St John's RC HS
Harris Academy
Lewis Neilson - In this reporters opinion you can't score four goals and not be awarded the star player. Dominant performance from the St John's man.
Kieran Dolan - Took his goals really well, especially his fantastic free-kick
Magic Moment
St John's RC HS
Harris Academy
Neilson's solo goal - A great run down the right hand side before slotting under the 'keepers legs. Great goal
Dolan's free-kick - A golden moment in an otherwise disappointing day for Harris. Great strike leaving the 'keeper no chance.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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