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Lanarkshire edge out Paisley on penalties in National Trophy final

Lanarkshire Schools 1

Reilly 7'

Paisley and District Schools 1

Geddes 15'
  • Lanarkshire win 5-3 on penalties
  • Monday, 26 May 2014
  • Lesser Hampden
  • Under 15´s
  • SSFA National Trophy Final

Ameen Rabanni | YFS West Region Journalist
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Lanarkshire became champions of the Under-15 National Trophy after overcoming Paisley at Lesser Hampden on Monday, eventually winning 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 80 minutes. At a packed Lesser Hampden, this was an entertaining, competitive and close final that was decided by fine details.

Lanarkshire started brightly, taking the game to Paisley and carved out the first chance after three minutes when some good build up on the left flank which resulted in Reece Geddes trying an acrobatic shot from Cameron Clark's cross which was off-target.

Despite the positive beginning, it was Paisley who took the lead on seven minutes; Matthew Reilly weaved his way into the box from the right wing, beating the challenges to then send a thumping effort into the roof of the net.

Paisley nearly doubled their advantage moments later when Adam Love's dipping volley from 40 yards looked to be heading for the top corner but was palmed away Kieran Bell.

The game settled down into a pattern with Lanarkshire regaining control, enjoying more possession and looking the more threatening when going forward. Soon it was all square, again Lanarkshire attacked from the left with full-back Clark well-advanced and he sent a pin-point cross into the danger area which was powerfully met by Geddes and gave Matthew Boyle no chance. 

There were a couple more chances before the break, Lanarkshire's Stephen Coupland tried his luck from distance but couldn't hit the target while his team-mate Lewis Gamble cut-in from the left wing and also let fly from distance but he too lacked accuracy.

  • Half Time:
  • Lanarkshire Schools
  • 1-1
  • Paisley and District Schools

While Lanarkshire had the better of the first half, the second was more even with opportunities for either side. Paisley's Cameron Breadner capitalised on some confusion in the Lanarkshire backline just after the restart, going one-on-one with Bell but his effort agonisingly trickled past the post. 

It was end-to-end for a period but neither team could take advantage with John Kelly almost putting Lanarkshire in front with a header from a free-kick which Boyle somehow managed to keep out. Then the keeper stayed big to deny Gamble following a quick counter attack.

Boyle was at it again, this time producing a fine one-handed stop from Luke Dickson's strike from close range and his defenders had to remain alert to block the rebound from a few yards. 

Paisley weren't out of it and had chances of their own to snatch victory, the best of them falling to substitute Stephen Adam who peeled off to the back-post from a corner and received the ball but his shot could only hit the side-netting. He made room for himself on the edge of the box but again failed to hit the target. 

The game looked certain to go to penalties but there was a final bit of drama as Gamble rose highest in the box and made good contact with the ball heading for the bottom corner but once again Boyle was there to claw it away from danger. 

  • Full Time:
  • Lanarkshire Schools
  • 1-1
  • Paisley and District Schools
The game went straight to penalties and both sides scored their opening two penalties. However, with Lanarkshire scoring their third, Paisley had their effort saved to put them behind.

Despite the pressure that followed, both Lanarkshire and Paisley disposed of their next penalties, giving Lanarkshire the chance to seal victory with their fifth penalty. With all eyes on the taker, it was finished off to give Lanarkshire the 5-3 victory.

Final Result: Lanarkshire win 5-3 on penalties

Lineups

Lanarkshire Schools
Paisley and District Schools
1. Kieran Bell
2. Kyle MacDonald
3. Cameron Clark
4. Dylan Campbell
5. John Kelly
6. Arran Ross
7. Stephen Coupland
8. Reece Geddes
9. Luke Dickson
10. Joe Dickson
11. Lewis Gamble
12. Kian Burns
14. Greg Miller
15. Leon McCann
16. Brandon Brennan
20. Ryan Whitelaw
1. Matthew Boyle
2. Greg Murphy
3. Martin Cassells
4. Declan Walsh
5. Adam Love
6. Lewis Paterson
7. Matthew Reilly
8. Ben Hardwood
9. Cameron Breadner
10. Paul Smith
11. Kyle Taylor
12. Matthew Coyle
14. Ross McFarlane
15. William MacLaughlin
16. Daniel Paul
17. Stephen Adam
Star Player
Lanarkshire Schools
Paisley and District Schools
Cameron Clark - attacked well from left-back and was defensively sound. Created chances with excellent delivery from wide areas and managed an assist.
Matthew Boyle - a terrific individual display in goal which kept Paisley in the game at crucial moments.
Magic Moment
Lanarkshire Schools
Paisley and District Schools
Geddes' goal, which was a fine team move with a great cross and a very good, committed header
Boyle's brilliant one-handed save from Luke Dickson's shot when it looked like the striker was favourite to score.
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