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St. Johns win final with dramatic penalty shootout

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St. Johns RC HS
Morgan Academy
Benvie 54                                   
 Lawson 82

(St Johns win 4-3 on penalties)


U16 Dundee United Cup
Tannadice Park

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By Michael Colville
YFS East Region Reporter
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It was a great day at Tannadice Park, the crowd was buzzing and the players were ready to get on the park. You couldn't tell who would come out on top between Morgan and St. Johns so it looked to be an exciting game.

The game kicked off with a very even start. Both teams were fighting for possession and constantly attacking. Morgan had their first good chance in the 10th minute when Olu Oke won the ball in the midfield then ran towards goal but his shot went over the bar.

St. Johns had a great chance in the 18th minute. Kieron Gardiner played a superb long ball up to Aiden Benvie who then dribbled into the box but Connor Lawson made a strong tackle and won the ball. Morgan countered soon after, Dale Davidson beat a player then crossed a brilliant ball in to Olu Oke who then volleyed the ball narrowly over the bar.

In the 26th minute, Aiden Benvie struck a powerful shot at goal from outside the box which was heading straight for the top corner but Ross Grant made a wonderful save. Minutes later, Aiden Benvie burst through the midfield with great pace then played a good pass to Ryan White who then dribbled into the Morgan box but he was stopped by Connor Lawson with a tough tackle.

Morgan came close to taking the lead just before half time. Owen Meiklem crossed a wonderful ball into Frankie Devine in the box. Devine then chipped a nice pass to Declan Cowan who headed the ball towards goal but it narrowly missed the post. The half time whistle blew soon after and the teams left the field equally matched at 0-0.

Half Time: St. Johns Highschool 0-0 Morgan Academy 

The second half kicked off and both teams were desperate to take the lead. Morgan showed a bit of flair early on when Ryan Burry flicked the ball over a St. Johns defender then struck a volley towards goal but Dylan Cooney held the ball well.

St. Johns took the lead in the 54th minute. Kieron Gardiner took a powerful shot at goal from outside the box but the Morgan keeper managed to save it. Aiden Benvie then ran into the box and smacked the loose ball into the net making it 1-0.

St. Johns were close to increasing their lead in the 63rd minute when Jamie Gillespie crossed a brilliant ball to Aiden Benvie who turned well and took a shot but Ross Grant made another wonderful save.

Morgan made a great counter attack in the 72nd minute when Ryan Burry sprinted from his own half and then from far out unleashed a deadly shot but it hit the top netting of the goal. Disaster struck for Morgan minutes later when Ashton Milroy received a second yellow card for fouling a player and was sent off.

Despite being a man down, Morgan equalised in the 82nd minute. Morgan received a free kick which was sent into the box, the ball was cleared but Connor Lawson controlled the ball then dribbled into the box and placed it beautifully into the net making it 1-1. The final whistle blew soon afterwards and the game would have to be decided on penalties.

It was a tense shoot out filled with twists and turns. Both teams were ahead at one point but St. Johns came out on top. Dylan Cooney saved Morgan’s last penalty kick and St. Johns won 4-3 making St. Johns the winners of the U16 Dundee United Cup final. It was a very evenly matched game, and although Morgan did well to equalise with ten men St. Johns handled the pressure of penalties better and deserved to win. 

Full Time: St Johns RC High School 1-1 Morgan Academy (St Johns win 4-3 on penalties)

St. Johns RC High School Morgan Academy
1. Caelan Flynn
2. Sean Ferguson
3. Jamie Gillespie
4. Lee Anderson
5. David Thomson
6. Liam Harper
7. Dylan Cooney
8. Sam McDonald
9. Ryan White
10. Aiden Benvie
11. Kieran Coyle 
12. Kieron Gardiner
14. Donnell Ingrim
15. Gary Ramsay
16. Adam Geelcie
1. Ross Grant
2. Ian Thomson
3. Olu Oke
4. Owen Meiklem
5. Connor Lawson
6. Ashton Milroy
7. Frankie Devine
8. Dale Davidson
9. Ryan Burry
10. Declan Cowan
11. Eddie Grant
12. Vince Kenny
14. Jordan Mudie
15. Derek Ross
16. Bradley Airlie
Kieron Gardiner was my man of the match because he played well up front with plenty of chances but also was strong in defence when moved back. 
Connor Lawson was my man of the match because he scored a superb goal and created some good chances.
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