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Lady luck shines on a dogged St Peters as they overcome Lasswade

Lasswade High School 1

O'Neil 55

St Peter the Apostle High School 2

Short (og) 28, Grandison (og) 65
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2015
  • Lasswade High School
  • Under 14´s
  • Scottish Schools FA U14 Plate

Louis Moorehead | YFS South East Region Journalist
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It was a cup game that included everything; from terrible weather conditions to two own goals so unfortunate it would be unfathomable to expect them in the same game. St Peters came out on top in a very even game and progress to the semi-finals of the cup competition, but were made to work for the victory by a disciplined Lasswade side.

Straight from kick off Lasswade pressed effectively putting pressure on St Peters, but the first real chance of the game fell to St Peters.  Martin Smith, who was a real danger with his dribbling skills all game, broke free on the right wing in the opening minutes and floated a cross in that the Lasswade defence cleared. A few minutes later though, Smith got on the ball again and caused more trouble, this time in the Lasswade box. Driving in from the left wing this time, he beat a defender in the box, only to be tackled just before getting a shot away.

A theme throughout the game though was the eagerness of each goalkeeper to rush out of their box, and it must be said usually with great effect.  Each sweeper keeper was tested in the first 10 minutes with challenging one-on-ones. First, Tyler O’Neil breaking free for Lasswade, only for Jamie Stevenson in goals to rush off his line and clear the ball. Minutes later the exact same situation arose at the other end, with St Peters Kyle Girvan racing clear of the Lasswade defence only to be met by the onrushing Jake Grandison.

Grandison was tested again shortly after in the ninth minute as Smith found some room in the box, tricked a defender and fired a shot at goal. The keeper got down well though and saved the shot, the ball going out for a corner. Throughout this St Peters pressure though the Lasswade defence stood firm, with the left back Robbie Walker proving a great outlet for this team, carrying the ball well out of defence and using it effectively.

As the half progressed, St. Peters seemed content with dropping the pace of the game and trying to exploit set pieces as a way to go ahead, and for a while this worked. A series of corners ensued, with the best chance falling to Girvan, who shoot wide from close range in the 18th minute.

Lasswade really began to up the tempo of the game after that though, not allowing St Peters any time to rest. Taking quick throw ins and free kicks whenever possible, they began to unsettle the opposition and almost reaped its reward in the 22nd minute, as Ben Lewis embarked on a great run only to be stopped just on the edge of the box.

Stevenson, in the St. Peters goal, almost suffered a calamitous own goal in the 25th minute. A loose ball from Lasswade was played through and a combination of the firm ground and wet conditions resulted in it bouncing over the onrushing keeper as he tried to collect it. Thankfully for his team though, he managed to recover it just in time before it crossed the line.

Then, in the 28th minute the deadlock was finally broken. A great one-two between Calvert and Smith carved a hole in the Lasswade defence, leaving Calvert one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He shot firmly, the keeper made a great save, but the onrushing defender was caught in the firing line. The ball, rebounding out, took a big deflection off of Blair Short and looped into his own goal. A horrible goal to concede, it took some time for Lasswade to grow back into the game after it.

Prior to half time, the last real moment of quality came courtesy of Short himself. Keen to make amends, he stepped up to a free kick in the 35th minute, just outside the box on the right hand side. Left footed, he curled a shot high into the top corner which for all the world looked to be the equaliser, until Stevenson leapt and saved the ball, palming the ball out of his top left corner at full stretch. A great moment showcasing a lot of ability, followed by the half time whistle. 

  • Half Time:
  • Lasswade High School
  • 0-1
  • St Peter the Apostle High School

Clearly motivated by the half-time team talk, Lasswade started the second half in an intense fashion, pushing a high line and closing down whenever possible. All this pressure though left spaces in behind, spaces that St. Peters could counter into when the chance arose. This was the trend for the opening of the half, sustained Lasswade pressure followed by counter attacks. These sporadic counter attacks helped to showcase how quick Grandison was off his line, keen to kill off any attack before it has a chance to develop.

A rare sight occurred in the 49th minute as, under pressure for the St Peters forwards, the Lasswade keeper was forced to pick up a backpass just on the edge of his area - every neutral's favourite moment, an indirect free kick inside the box. The referee ruled out the first attempt, forcing a retake. From the subsequent attempt though, the ball was rolled along to Connor Hamilton who fired straight at the goalkeeper.

Lasswade sat back and soaked up some St Peters pressure before a thrilling break in the 58th minute saw O’Neil scamper away down the right wing and swing a great low cross into the box. Fortunately for the defending side it was just out of reach for the two onrushing Lasswade attackers. This was a warning sign though for St Peters, and minutes later Lasswade found the equaliser. A free kick was launched into the box from the halfway line, and after the defence failed to clear the ball, O’Neil curled a delightful left-foot shot up and over the keeper from the edge of a crowded box. Cue wild celebrations from the home side and rightly so after a stunning goal.

After this however, the momentum swung back towards St Peters, first missing narrowly wide from a corner then forcing the Lasswade keeper into a great save as the half drew on.

All this pressure eventually resulted in a goal - this time an even more unfortunate own goal than the first. St Peters started to shoot whenever the opportunity arose. One such shot, just on the edge of the area, took a wicked deflection off of a Lasswade defender that scooped the ball into the area. Grandison, off balance and off his line after the deflection, lept into the air and touched the ball onto the bar, only for it to bounce down, hit him and cross the line. A deflating goal for the home side to concede late on, but just rewards for the intention of St Peters.

With the match heading into injury time, Lasswade started to flood forward at every opportunity in search of an equaliser. The closest chance fell to Brodie McCorquodale who connected sweetly in the box from a O’Neil cross, only for the keeper to parry the shot away and his rebounding effort went narrowly wide.

The ref blew the final whistle and St Peters progressed. A hard fought battle and, despite all the endeavours of Lasswade, St. Peters played an intelligent game, and perhaps most importantly of all lady luck was shining on them through the rain. 

  • Full Time:
  • Lasswade High School
  • 1-2
  • St Peter the Apostle High School

Lineups

Lasswade High School
St Peter the Apostle High School
1. Jake Grandison
2. Conor McCabe
3. Robbie Walker
4. Blake Dyer
5. Daniel Lennie
6. Declan Patterson
7. Andrew Nelson
8. Nathan Durnion
9. Tyler O'Neil
10. Ben Lewis
11. Brodie McCorquodale
14. Guy McGarry
15. Ryan Osborne
16. Blair Short
17. Luke Cormack
20. Shea Dowie
1. Jamie Stevenson
2. Gary Greig
3. Daryl Conarty
4. Callum McAteer
5. Ruari Fitzpatrick
6. Dylan Coll
7. Kyle Girvan
8. Connor Hamilton
9. Dillyn Calvert
10. Martin Smith
11. Calvin Gourley
17. Darren Rogers
16. Oisin McHugh
14. Aiden Kearns
17.
Star Player
Lasswade High School
St Peter the Apostle High School
Tyler O'Neil- An incredible outlet for his team, always looked likely to either set up the goal with his pace on the flanks or get on the scoresheet himself.
Jamie Stevenson- Made several key saves throughout the game, particularly the free kick save in the first half and the save in the final few minutes, to keep his team out in front. Quick off his line and distributed well, a top performance from the goalkeeper.
Magic Moment
Lasswade High School
St Peter the Apostle High School
Aside from the goal, the free kick in the dying stages of the first half. Looked for all the world to be curling into the top corner, just unfortunate to come up against a keeper in fine form.
Whenever Martin Smith was on the ball, he always looked like creating something. Dribbled expertly at the opposition all through the game, leaving several defenders for dead at different moments.
Club Views
Lasswade High School
St Peter the Apostle High School
The Lasswade manager said: "Obviously disappointed to lose the game, but I thought it was a really good standard for the age group. the two teams tried to play the game the right way with lots of good passing. "St Peters took the lead and we were chasing the game for a long time and it looked like we were never going to score, but we were pleased to get the equaliser and I guess we hoped that would give us a lift to go on and win the game but unfortunately that didn't happen but best of luck to St. Peters in the next round and hopefully they can get to the final and win the competition."
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