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Quickfire double as Lothian defeat Glasgow in national final

Lothian Schools 2

MacDonald 55, Dishington 70

Glasgow Schools 1

Hopkins 85
  • Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Ferguson Park, Rosewell
  • Under 18´s
  • SSFA National Trophy - Final

Michael O'Brien | YFS South East Region Journalist
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Lothian Schools
  • 0-0
  • Glasgow Schools
Glasgow started the second half very brightly and looked the more likely of the two sides to break the deadlock. Kieran Doran created an opportunity to score with a great turn on the edge of the box, beating the Lothian defence. His effort was well held by Brennan though. Moments later great link up play between McGinley and Moore presented Doran with an opportunity inside the box but Connor Brian managed to clear the danger. Glasgow were certainly racking up chances to score and very much troubling Lothians early in the second half.
 
However, the first goal of the game was to come for Lothians and what a goal it was. Ryan Clarke played a brilliantly weighted ball over the top of the Glasgow defence with Jake McDonald there to latch onto it and rattle home a half-volley past the keeper. Celebrations ensued thereafter from both the players and the fans who had turned out in decent numbers to support the Lothian side.
 
It was Lothian who were to grab the next goal of the game on the seventy-minute mark and they doubled their lead through a well placed strike from Jamie Dishington. Shifting the ball onto his right from on the edge of the box, Dishington got the better of the Glasgow defender and managed to create enough space to curl his effort past the keeper and into the corner of the net, giving his side a huge advantage in the tie as they led two goals to nil.
 
With the game now swinging in Lothian's favour, they naturally begin to sit back slightly in the closing stages of the match. Despite a Dean Ballantyne effort that hit the post, Lothians did not create much in the way of chances after their second goal. It was Glasgow who pushed forward looking to get back into the tie and they had the ball in the box on a number of occasions. Strong defending from Lothians had been a key feature of the match thus far and none more so than in the last fifteen or so minutes. However they would have been disappointed by the manner in which they lost a goal to Glasgow, giving away a cheap free-kick on the edge of the box. Mikey Hopkins stepped up to take the set-piece and coolly lobbed it over the wall and into the bottom right corner of the net.
 
It was a nerve-wracking final five minutes for Lothian as they desperately tried to keep a hold of their lead. Both sides had to endure penalty shoot-outs in the semi-final stage of the competition and that thought may have crossed their minds once more as Glasgow pressed for a late equaliser. It wasn’t to be however and Lothian saw out the game, being crowned champions after what was a great game of football in many respects.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Lothian Schools
  • 2-1
  • Glasgow Schools

Lineups

Lothian Schools
Glasgow Schools
1. Sean Brennan (Tynecastle HS)
2. Kyle Hogg (Leith Academy)
3. Harry Oliff (Royal HS)
4. David Scobie (Broughton HS)
5. Connor Brian (Portobello HS)
6. Calum Windram (Boroughmuir HS)
7. Johnathan Court (Stewart’s Melville College)
8. Ryan Clarke (Firrhill HS)
9. James Flynn (St. Thomas of Aquin’s HS)
10. Mathew Cannon (North Berwick  HS)
11. Sam Jones (Lasswade HS)
12. Jamie Dishington (Trinity Academy)
14. Jake MacDonald (Firrhill HS)
15. Fraser Thomson (North Berwick HS)
16. Ryan Smith (Portobello HS)
17. David Henderson (Balerno HS)
18. Dean Ballantyne (Musselburgh Grammar)
19. Cameron Tulloch (Firrhill HS)

1. Kieran McWilliams (St. Paul’s)
2. Craig Connelly (Smithycroft)
3. Ian Seymore (Eastbank)
4. Kyle Chalmers (St. Peter’s)
5. Dominic McLaren (Bearsden)
6. Chad Meechan (Rosshall)
7. Michael Hardie (Drumchapel)
8. Sam Smith (Castlemilk)
9. James Findlay (Bishopbriggs)
10. Nathan Moore (Bishopbriggs)
11. Kieran Doran (St. Paul’s)
12. Mikey Hopkins (St. Peter’s)
14. Ryan Smith (Holyrood)
15. Niall McGinley (Holyrood)
16. Noel Makombo Eboma (Knightswood)
17. Nathan Galvache (St. Peter’s)

Star Player
Lothian Schools
Glasgow Schools
David Scobie was a key player for Lothian and made strong challenges to prevent Glasgow from going forward on more than a few occasions.
Michael Hardie was a commanding figure in the middle of the park for Glasgow, keeping possession and passing the ball well.
Magic Moment
Lothian Schools
Glasgow Schools
MacDonald's opener was a fantastic strike on the half volley and the highlight of the match.
Hopkins' free-kick was well taken and gave Glasgow hope of an equaliser but it wasn't to be.
Club Views
Lothian Schools
Glasgow Schools
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