Hutchison Vale FC lifted the Peter O’Neill Cup on Friday night as they beat St Bernard’s BC despite conceding early in the match. Niall Kemp’s double for St Bernard’s wasn’t enough as goals from Sam Kilboy, Ciaran Heeps and Taylor Steven plus two own goals meant Hutchie left Paties Road victorious.
Regardless of the score, both sides had an incredible effort during the match which was shown at the break where only one goal separated the teams.
St Bernard’s struck first in the 8th minute and it was an incredible to say the least. Finlay Smith fed the ball to inside the area where Niall Kemp met the effort from a volleyed strike on the left-hand side of the penalty box. The ball dipped over the keeper to arrive near the far post and into the back of the net. Kemp was in disbelief that the effort had gone in.
However, the celebrations were cut short as Hutchie equalised in the 16th minute. A ball sent in from a corner on the right-hand side of goal was then flicked on by Matthew Dalglish. The ball then collided with the body of the St Bernard’s defender, sending it into the back of the net.
Moments later, Hutchie doubled their score which sent them into the lead in the 18th minute. Ciaran Heeps played the ball to Bruno Davidson. His run on the left flank allowed him to enter the penalty area to then play the effort across goal where Sam Kilboy tapped the ball into the net.
Five minutes before the break, St Bernard’s attempted to level the score when Corin Brown played a chipped effort into Sam Nicholson on the right side of the area. However, Hutchie keeper, Logan Robertson rushed to collect the effort on the edge of the area before Nicholson could reach it.