Lothian and Glasgow Schools met in the final of the TSB Senior National Cup at Ferguson Park on Friday night in what was a closely contested match between two very impressive sides. It was a great evening for football, played on Whitehill Welfare’s immaculate pitch in Rosewell, in which the Lothians side turned out winners.
There wasn’t much to separate either team in the first half. Glasgow found it tough to break down a resilient Lothians defence but on the few occasions in which they managed to break their line, could have taken the lead. Sam Smith came close with Glasgow’s first shot of the game, however he couldn’t test the keeper as the ball flew just over the crossbar. Glasgow would have opened the scoring if not for a clearance on the line from left-back Harry Oliff. The ball was swung in from a corner-kick and as it was cleared away Oliff remained steady at the back post and was positioned well to prevent the ball from crossing the line.
Lothian's first-half chances came mostly through a quick break from midfield, the area in which they looked strongest early on. Sam Jones did well to beat two Glasgow midfielders but couldn’t keep his effort on goal down. Jamie Dishington also did well to outpace the Glasgow defence before laying the ball off to Jake MacDonald in the box. MacDonald’s shot at goal didn’t trouble Glasgow stopper Kieran McWilliams however. McWilliams was called into action not long after though and made a fine save from a powerful strike by Lothian's Johnathan Court.
At the other end of the field, Sean Brennan the Lothian keeper was equally as important in the first half as his opposite number. Brennan reacted well to rush from his line when a throw in went over the Lothians defence, leaving Glasgow’s James Findlay through on goal. The keeper got a vital touch to the ball to prevent Glasgow from opening the scoring. Too close to call in the first half as the teams went in to the break goalless.