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Written by  Michael Elm
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Holy Rood High School Under 15s
Dunfermline High School Under 15s
Competition: SSFA Shield
Venue: Cavalry Park
Date: 09/02/2012
Author: Michael Elm

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Holy Rood High School Vs Dunfermline High School (Under 15s)Deep into the Scottish Schools Under 15s Shield came the meeting of Holy Rood High School and Dunfermline High School, facing off for a place in the quarter finals. A mild but grey afternoon greeted the two teams as they took the pitch at Cavalry Park in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat.

The home side in their purple and white kit seemed destined to be overcome by the menacing red and black kitted Dunfermline, I’m not sure if it was due to the kit but they seemed an age group above as they appeared to tower over the boys from Holy Rood.

With both teams aware of what was at stake neither was taking any chances as the game got under way with no chances to speak of, the first shot on target came from Holy Rood’s Patrick Ryan when his left footed strike curled comfortably into the keepers arms, I call it a strike but judging from the position was most likely intended as a cross.

Dunfermline responded quickly and Yousef Asam lofted a free-kick beautifully into the box and Euan Aitken was first to it, unfortunately his touch was lacking and the ball ballooned into the air before coming down behind him, certainly not what he’d hoped to do.

The visitors kept on the pressure but some brave keeping from Elias Mukora allowed Holy Rood to break which they did and a nice cross was met by Cameron Jeffrey’s head but he couldn’t find the accuracy to trouble Quinn Franklin.

Moments later Patrick Ryan’s sumptuous turn left two Dunfermline defenders for dead and allowed him to put in a cross which Jeffrey was only able to direct softly in to the arms of Franklin, Holy Rood had the lead in shots on target at least.

Shots on target statistics, much as an old friend of mine may argue, count for nothing as was proved as the ball broke kindly for Euan Aitrick who found himself with a clear sight of goal. His shot was low, across goal and Mukora dived and got a hand to it but could do nothing but deflect the ball into the bottom right corner. The visitors were ahead after having looked marginally more in control but there wasn’t much to tell between the sides.

Holy Rood aimed for an immediate response and Rhys Craigie’s firecracker of a shot from outside of the box drew and athletic save from Franklin. Moments later Craigie’s efforts were rewarded as Steven Gullen’s corner hung invitingly in the air and Craigie met it with a high looping header that Franklin could not reach and the home side had equalised with minutes left of the first half.

At the half-way point, all square seemed just about fair for each team’s efforts and it left it open for an exciting second period.

Half Time: Holy Rood High School Under 15s 1-1 Dunfermline High School Under 15s

Holy Rood High School Vs Dunfermline High School (Under 15s)After operating down the left-wing on a simmer through the first half Alistair McDonald came to the boil in the second. He created the first opening of the second-half for himself after a surging run left him through against Mukora and he was unlucky to see his shot deflect off the keeper and clip the cross-bar.

McDonald was clearly in the mood and his explosive pace, reminiscent of Gareth Bale at times, makes him a nightmare for any defender but Jack Wright did well to limit his chances. He limited his chances, but did that still means there were some. A characteristic powerful run down the left-wing from McDonald combined with a neat one-two made the score 1-2. Euan Aitken can claim the assist but the goal was really made by McDonald’s running and great finish.

As the game wore on the competition between McDonald and Wright proved to be an intriguing one with the defender managing to deny McDonald any more chances. As Holy Rood did their best to respond space was created for Dunfermline to counter-attack but the home-side could not find an equaliser and the visitors could not find the goal to put the game to bed.

Tempers began to fray as the situation grew more desperate for Holy Rood and right at the death there was a penalty shout as the hard-working Cameron Jeffrey appeared to be brought down by the keeper after putting the ball round him.

Not an over-abundance of chances but an intriguing match none-the-less which remained fascinating right up until the final whistle. On reflection Dunfermline were ever so slightly the better team and they’ll be one to watch in the quarter finals.

Full Time: Holy Rood High School Under 15s 1-2 Dunfermline High School Under 15s


Holy Rood High School Under 15s
Dunfermline High School Under 15s

1. Elias Mukora

2. Jack Watt

3. Connor Agate

4. Cameron Jeffrey

5. Aodham McLaughlan

6. Daniel Tomassi

7. Alex Fotheringham

8. Taylor Philp

9. Marco McBride

10. Patrick Ryan

11. Jack Wright


12. Steven Gullen

13. Rhys Craigie

14. Brad Kay

15. Christopher Slater

21. Quinn Franklin

16. Cameron Mitchell

15. Morgan McInnes

3. Hamish Michie

12. Thomas Marshall

8. Yousef Asam

5. Euan Aitken

4. Marcus Hall

10. Scott Hynd

9. Scott Russell

7. Alistair McDdonald


17. Darryl Healy

14. Calum Murray

13. Glenn Carier

11. James Laurie

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