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It was Burnbank FC vs Pro Football Academy in the final of the McCartney Scott Cup final, played at Wishaw Juniors.
For most, if not all of these boys. it will have been the biggest games of their careers so far, albeit at a very young age, but I’m sure the nerves were huge as the teams came out for kickoff.
The game began in frantic fashion, with both sets of teams understandably desperate for a fast start but with a strong wind both sides struggled to keep the ball in the early stages.
There was a long delay early in the match as the Pro Football keeper went down after a goal kick and after some treatment he had to be replaced by sub keeper Liam Glavin.
The first real chance fell to Burnbank as Darren Odonohue was sent clean through by captain Terry Dolan and he looked a certainty to score but Lewis Campbell produced a brilliant last ditch tackle to deny him.
Burnbank were the better team in the opening 15 minutes, winning several corners in a row but they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
In their first real chance of the game, PFA took the lead after 20 minutes. A flick from a free-kick fell to the feet of Alex McKay who despite getting clattered by the Burnbank keeper, managed to squeeze the ball in and put his side in front.
This gave his side the confidence and momentum they were looking for and it only took another 5 minutes for Pro Football to double their lead. Cian Murphy was given too much space in the middle of the park and he played a great ball over the top of the Burnbank defence for Mckay and he finished well under the goalkeeper to grab his second of the final and give his team a huge advantage.
Pro football were beginning to dominate the match, passing the ball well and not giving their opponents anything.
It looked like Burnbank’s best chance to get back into the match was from corners and they created a good chance from successive corners but captain Dolan couldn’t quite direct his header goalwards.
Burnbank finished the half strong but couldn’t test the Pro Football goalkeeper and would need something special in the second half to turn the final around.
Cove Youth FCs route to the final involved wins over Middlefield Wasps, Lasswade Thistle, Kilwinning Rangers, Erskine Youth, Banks O'Dee Albion and Falkirk CFC.
Hutchison Vale beat Loanhead Miners, AM Soccer Club, Knightswood,Stenhousemuir, Eddlewood, Johnstone Burgh and Grassroots Development.
Hutchison Vale had the first big chance of the game when Tyrone Core raced clear of the Cove defence and his effort from the edge of the box evaded Cove goalkeeper Lloyd Sharp, however defender Calum Somers was there to block the shot off the line.
Cove went a goal ahead in the 25th minute. A good corner from Josh Robb from the left hand side came into the danger zone which tested the opposition defence and Liam Duthie was there four yards from goal to volley home and give Mark Robb's side a dream start.
The Aberdeen side kept at Hutchison Vale and a second goal arrived four minutes later when a Robb pass found Kasen Seed who produced a half volley which found the roof of the net past Vale goalkeeper Dean Brownlee.
It was turning into an entertaining final and Vale reduced the deficit, Core turned his marker getting the striker free on goal and the forward found the bottom left hand corner from 16 yards to put the Edinburgh side back into the game.
In the last of seven Scottish Cup finals of a marathon weekend, Longniddry Villa met Falkirk Foundation Blue in the eagerly anticipated 2003s final.
It was a fairy-tale moment for Longniddry to find themselves in the Scottish Cup final, their first, and they had certainly exceeded expectations, but they had more than deserved to be in the final.
In their run to the final, Longniddry had a relatively comfortable run, with wins including 7-2 over Portobello CFA in the second round and 5-2 over Stenhousemuir BC round four. However, the most difficult games came in the quarter final against Celtic BC, which finished 2-2 after extra time and Longniddry prevailed 5-4 on penalties. In the semi-final they narrowly defeated Tynecastle 1-0 to reach the final.
Falkirk will also be delighted with their cup run, as they have juggled it with a successful league campaign so far in which they have only lost two games and sit third with games in hand.
Falkirk’s run was simlar to Longniddry in terms of their biggest challenge being in the semi-finals. The run included a 10-1 win over Wishaw in the first round and a 9-2 win over Musselburgh in round four. In the semi-final they were pushed all the way by Johnstone Burgh but prevailed 2-1 after extra time.
Longniddry kicked the game off, playing in light blue with Falkirk in all black, and the match began at a good pace as both sides wanted to set a marker down early.
Jack MacDonald, who looked lively early on, had the first strike of the afternoon for Longniddry but his left-footed strike sailed over the crossbar.
The first good chance of the match fell to Falkirk’s Euan Hunter who, after some great work from Liam Fagan to square the ball back, missed his shot completely from only eight yards out.
Despite this early chance for Falkirk, it was the team from East Lothian who started the match stronger, as they were dominating possession and causing their opponents problems.
After ten minutes Falkirk began to get a grip of the game and put some pressure on their opponents, winning three successive corners but nothing was to come of them.
Halfway through the first half and the game had become somewhat scrappy, as loose passes from both teams had resulted in the game simmering down.
A well worked free-kick from Longniddry on the edge of the box allowed Euan Donaldson some space on the left-hand side, but his cross was well punched away from Gregor Fullerton.
Longniddry produced another good opening and perhaps Aiden Walsh should have done better as his strike from only ten yards out was well saved by Fullerton.
From the resulting corner a flick on at the near post gave Matthew McMillan a great chance to open the scoring but he couldn’t quite reach the ball.
Longniddry’s good pressure at the end of the first half was rewarded as they took the lead five minutes before halftime. A mistake at the back from Falkirk resulted in MacDonald going clean through on goal, his initial effort was well saved by Fullerton but the ball fell to Ben Dixon who finished well to put his team in front.
Falkirk equalised only minutes later and it was a mistake from the Longniddry goalkeeper that handed them the goal. Michael Beattie’s long free-kick looked comfortable for Sam Capes but he dropped the ball onto Fagan who inadvertently equalised for his side.
In what was otherwise a quiet first half, it was a manic end to it and the sides went into halftime in the final level.
For Hurlford, they were aiming to make history and win the club's first ever Scottish Cup at youth level. EKFC were victorious at the 2002 age group a couple of years back, but the 2001 squad were chasing their first cup win.
Holyrood triumphed in a fantastic final that saw free-flowing, attacking football played by both sides, created from confident play, clever passing and fantastic first touches. Goals from Shay O'Donnell and Euan Rodger put the 'Rood in front, before Logan Buick got one back for St. Andrew's and St. Bride's. It set up a tense finish, but ultimately the Holyrood defence held firm.
The first chance of the game saw St. Andy’s centre-half Cameron Stuart send a header towards the corner of the net, but it was wonderfully saved by Holyrood keeper, Jaques Heraghty.
Holyrood's first chance came from Niall Ferry's great trickery. The kinky winger turned his man multiple times before sending a cross to the back post, but Christos Balas couldn’t stretch enough to get on the end of it.
But, they managed to get the breakthrough after 25 minutes. Balas showed good skill and released a great pass to Josh Milligan. His cross was blocked, but it came back to Balas, who cut back to Rodger. His pass found Shay O'Donnell, who let the ball run across him before hitting a low, left-footed shot into the corner.
St. Andy's best chance to equalise again fell to Hagen. A great ball in from the Matthew McKinlay found the unmarked left-midfielder, but he didn't connect properly and his volley trundled to the keeper.
Blantyre SAC Black secured the win against Milton Rovers to lift the LFDA Cup at the John Cummings Stadium.
Blantyre SAC Black defeated Cleland 6-2 to reach the final, whilst Milton Rovers narrowly beat Holytown 3-2 at the semi-final stage.
To say Blantyre started quickly was an understatement. Rhys Mallin found himself free down the right hand side almost immediately from the kick off and his powerful shot was too much for the Milton goalkeeper, giving his team the lead after only 11 seconds, which was surely one of, if not the fastest, LFDA Cup final goal ever.
Milton Rovers responded really well to the goal however and they deservedly equalised after 6 minutes through a great finish from Connor McIntyre that gave the goalkeeper no chance.
McIntyre almost grabbed his second after good work from Ciaran McKenna but his effort was well saved by the Blantyre keeper.
After 15 minutes the game had settled and was pretty level, as Blantyre were having more possession but Milton were creating the better chances.
The team in black started to put pressure on their opponents defence, winning three corners in a row but the Milton Rovers defence held firm.
After the blistering start from both teams, the game had few other clear cut chances for the remainder of the first half, as perhaps the magnitude of the game started to play in the minds of both players.
Although there was some good play and passing from both teams in the first half, the final just wasn't quite there.
Cathkin overcame St Ninian's Giffnock on penalties in the final of the Scottish Schools Senior Shield at Hampden Park on Friday night, after a ferocious battle that ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Both sides came into the contest on the back of 3-0 victories each in their respective semi-finals, however they couldn't find a way past each other in a battling display from both side's defences.
Martin Cassells and Iain Last came closest for St Ninian's and Cathkin respectively, but in truth it was a victory for both defences in what was a nerve-shredding contest between the pair.
The game started at the pace it would generally stay at - scrappy and full-throttle. Paul Smith typified St Ninian's aggression in the midfield with some hearty challenges and determination early on, and that's a theme that would stay with both sides when battling for the ball.
Neither side took control of proceedings, but there was always hearts in the mouth for Cathin when Paul Kennedy picked the ball up in the number 10 position. The creative midfielder set up his side on several occasions, but some unfortunate finishing and sterling goalkeeping from Robbie Hemfrey kept Cathkin level.
The first real chance of the game came from Cassells. A lovely move down the left saw St Ninian's have a three-on-two counter, but when the ball fell to Cassells he fired low and hard at the grateful Hemfrey, who got down well to smother.
Up the other end, Last was causing some real problems. His physical style and hold-up play was allowing the odd spur from Cathkin, and he created a lovely opening for himself down the right that forced Matthew Boyle into a smart stop.
Picking up the ball down the right, Last took on one of the St Ninian's defenders. After darting past him, it opened up an angle for a left-footed effort that he fired at Boyle. The goalkeeper was ready, however, and palmed the ball away confidently.
Moments later, Callum Miller blazed an audacious volley over the bar as Last used his power to win another corner for Cathkin.
The Cambuslang-based high school were looking the better side heading into half-time, but Kennedy provided them with a warning of his ability as he created space for himself 20 yards out and fired a shot straight at Hemfrey before the break.
In a strange turn of events two youth teams battled it out in this Division 1 Cup Final and it was Celtic who prevailed to lift the trophy. In a very tight affair, Celtic probably just shaded it, and on the back of their second performance, were worthy winners on the day.
Both sides entered this match high on confidence, with Celtic and Hibernian both winning their previous three matches, however, it was Hibernian who began brightest.
Good work in midfield by Hibernian’s Morgan Turner allowed her to find Jamie Lee Smith, who engineered space well before unleashing a powerful effort which Celtic keeper Lisa Kerr turned round the post.
Celtic hit back immediately and only a few minutes later were very unlucky not to be ahead. A corner from Cara Henderson was met well by Shannon Nagle, however, her header went just wide of the post.
On the back of this chance, Celtic began to take control of possession, without fashioning too many chances. Their only other major opportunity before the break came on 20 minutes when a long ball found its way to Kathleen McGovern. She managed to knock the ball over the goalkeeper, however, she couldn’t force the ball over the line, as the Hibernian defence cleared.
Despite prolonged periods of Celtic possession, the Hibees did create probably the best opportunity of the first period just before the half-hour mark. Celtic’s captain Nicole Cairney was caught in possession by Nicole Rutherford and she drove forward and played in Kirsty Morrison but her tame effort was straight at Lisa Kerr.
This chance was the last of a very close first half, as both sides went into the break on level terms.
Hibs came from behind to wrap up the double as they defeated Aberdeen at Hampden Park to win the Scottish Youth Cup.
A Ryan Poretous header either side of a Joe MacPherson own goal and a Jamie Gulan tap in ensured Hibs returned to Leith with another trophy, as they capped off a brilliant season under new head coach Grant Murray.
Fans turned out in good numbers to watch the youngsters as Aberdeen looked to win their first youth cup since 2001, whereas Hibs were looking to make it a second trophy for the season having already won the SPFL Development League earlier this month.
Both sides started frantically as they looked to get used to the wide park at the national stadium with Hibs defender Calum Donaldson firing wide after getting on the end of an excellent Sean Mackie cross. It was Aberdeen in the 16th minute to score first however, as winger Conor McLennan somehow managed to work his way past the Hibs backline, before placing his shot beyond Maciej Dabrowski.
Hibs were still well in this game and had their best chance of the match when Fraser Murray’s spectacular effort cracked the post from 25 yards out. Fraser Murray was to have his say in the Hibs equalizer. His cross from the left hand side turned in by unlucky Aberdeen defender Joe MacPherson to draw the game level.
A Jason Ritchie penalty was enough for Aberdeen to collect the Under 18s National Trophy after a superb comeback against the North Of Scotland at Borough Briggs, Elgin.
It was a typical Scottish day with a mixture of sun, rain and cloud for the cup final between North Of Scotland and Aberdeen City Under 18s. Both teams served up a cracking game of football. North Of Scotland beat Fife 5-1 in the semi-finals whilst Aberdeen City won a local derby 1-0 against Aberdeenshire.
A host of players from each side are currently playing at a decent enough level in club football, North Of Scotland had the likes of Max Ewan who is currently playing regular Highland League football for Nairn County as well as a host of Ross County players and a couple of Elgin City players too. Aberdeen City had David Wilson who is playing for Elgin City as well as Hamish MacLeod who is playing for Cove Rangers FC in the Highland League.
North Of Scotland started the game more lively with Kieran Chalmers firing just over the bar and a half chance which was met by Jakub Biorka in the Aberdeen City goal. North nearly opened the scoring after three minutes when a ball came across the channel which was met by Gabirel Hastings which crashed off the crossbar and cleared to safety by the Aberdeen defence.
North opened the scoring after six minutes after a great ball came in from the left hand flank by Cameron Harper which was met by Jack Brown, who plays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who guided home a fine header past Jakub Biorka.
Darren Jarvie's side added to their tally four minutes later after another great ball came in from the left hand channel, with Max Ewan getting to the ball first with his head, placing the ball into the back of the net beyond Biorka.
Roddy McGregor then had a good opportunity to make it 3-0 North after Max Ewan cut the ball back to him, however the midfielders effort went just wide of the right hand post. North were well on top asking Aberdeen lots of questions during the opening exchanges of the game.
Aberdeen pulled a goal back in the 18th minute after a great ball was swung into the danger zone by Hamish McLeod and Banks O'Dee Albion defender Jason Ritchie was there a couple of yards from goal to tap the ball home. It was the first time that Aberdeen had really threatened in the game.
McLeod then had an effort of his own on 24 minutes with a free kick which went just wide of the left hand post. Aberdeen were being very patient in their build up play and looked threatening going forward.
MacLeod had another chance soon after with a solo effort which was saved by Lee Herbert in the North goal. The rest of the half was quite stale with North holding out for a 2-1 lead at the interval.