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Magnificent Kay performance sends Kerse United to Scottish Cup glory

Kerse United 1

Sharp 5

Knightswood 1

Parfery 70
  • Saturday, 18 May 2019
  • Airdrieonians Football Club
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup Final
Scottish Cup finals don't get much more tense than this...
 
Kerse United lifted the trophy after a pulsating match against Knightswood. After a 1-1 draw at full-time, and with extra time providing no winner, the match had to be resolved with a penalty shootout, Luis Vieira slotted home the winning penalty to give the Grangemouth side the win.
 
Knightswood threatened first when a shot from Peter Donnan was well saved by Kerse stopper Thomas Kay. The attack seemed to have inspired United, as they took the lead five minutes later.
 
A fantastic run down the left from Euan Wilson saw him slip the ball into Calum Watson, who in turn layed it off to Cameron Sharp who hit first time to give his side the lead.
 
Five minutes after that Kerse thought they had doubled their lead when Wilson managed to win the battle with his defender and slotted the ball home, only for the referee to have judged that a foul had been commited in the build up.
 
Knightswood kept up the pressure looking for an equaliser, and came close when Nicholas Pilkington headed over from eight yards when he really should have done better.
 
They had another opportunity close to half time when Pilkington went on a blistering dribble right through the Kerse defence, only to be kept out by the brilliant Thomas Kay.
  • Half Time:
  • Kerse United
  • 1-0
  • Knightswood
Knightswood came out fighting in the second half, eager to bring themselves back into the final and tested Kay with a long range free kick which was parried wide.
 
United were keen not to let Knightswood have it all their own way and threatened almost instantly when a terrific run from Sharp led to a cross to Wilson who couldn't find the power to direct it.
 
Knightswood kept plugging away but found Thomas Kay in fine form, first keeping out a lobbed attempt from Mark Parfery and then a long range effort from Gregg McMahon.
 
The West Region side eventually found their equaliser after some fine play from Parfery, who placed the ball home five minutes from the end to send the game to extra time.
  • Full Time:
  • Kerse United
  • 1-1
  • Knightswood
Knightswood had the momentum and used it to their advantage in the the first period of extra time.

A long range effort cannoned off the crossbar before the Kerse defence cleared the danger

The match eventually fizzled out and penalties were required. After four penalties the scores were level. Thomas Kay saved from Mark Parfery, meaning that Luis Vieira could win it for his side.

If he was feeling any pressure, he didn't let it show as he found the bottom corner as Kerse lifted the Scottish Cup.

Lineups

Kerse United
Knightswood
1. Thomas Kay
2. Finlay Mason
3. Mason Binnie
4. Warren Furness
6. Luis Vieira
7. Calum Watson
9. Euan Wilson
10. Ryan Brown
11. Nathan Baird
12. Adam Cathcart
16. Aidan Keating
17. Evan McHugh
18. Liam McGuinness
19. Cameron Sharp
20. Finlay Godfrey
1. Connor Keaney
2. Ross McGregor
3. Ben Willis
4. Nathan Porter
5. Josh Watson
6. Reece McAteer
7. David Duffy
8. Gregg McMahon
9. Peter Donnan
10. Taylor Shaw
12. Ncholas Pilkington
16. Sean McCallion
18. Cieryn Fisher
19. Fraser Robertson
20. Mark Parfery
Star Player
Kerse United
Knightswood
Only one candidate for this. Thomas Kay was outstanding in goal for Kerse and won the Man of the Match award. Rightfully so.
Mark Parfery was a constant threat for Knightswood and on any other day he may have had a few to add to his tally today.
Magic Moment
Kerse United
Knightswood
Vieira steps up and scores!! A phrase normally reserved for Arsenal DVD's, it was Luis Vieira who slotted home the final penalty to give Kerse United the Scottish Cup
Knightswood had been knocking at the door for a long time before Parfery stepped up to equalise five minutes from time. A goal that sent the Knightswood fans in raptures.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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