View Photo Gallery (Courtesy of Phil McCloy)
Discuss the Match | Buy Photos and Souvenirs
Bannerman yesterday lifted the Cameronian Cup at Celtic Park after a 2-1 victory over opponents St Thomas'. Both sides brung huge crowds to Parkhead for this eagerly anticipated final, the huge attendance meant that both sides were pumped up from the start. Connor Brannigans brace sealed the cup for a deserving Banny side who's hard work to get to the final paid off.
Although Banny lifted the trophy at the end of 90 minutes it was St Thomas' who started off the brighter with many attacks in the first 15 minutes. One of their most threatening chances came when Clinton Onotu found the space to slip a ball in to the path of Connor Paton who's shot was just deflected wide for the first corner of the game which was then defended well by Bannerman.
Banny then had their first clear cut chance in this high tempo game when midfielder Scott MacPherson found himself through on goal at a tight angle but just as he was setting himself up for a shot Clinton Onuto rushes in to clear any danger towards his goal.
Shortly after the deadlock was broken by Banny this was a result of Allan Lindsay misjudging a bouncing ball and Bannerman talisman Connor Brannigan capitalising running through on goal and chipping the keeper in style to send the Banny support wild.
After the goal both sides slowed down the tempo of the game knowing that they still had a long way to go until one team was lifting that trophy at the end. Both sets of teams started to use the size of the pitch to their advantage using more width and spraying passes about the midfield.
St Thomas' knew that a goal before half time would be vital and they pushed on looking for a break through. They came close when Kyle Gallagher flashed a shot across goal but no one could get a toe on it to direct it towards goal and it rolled out for a goal kick.
Peter McGill showed great skill to skip by two Banny defenders then feed Kyle Gallagher who takes a touch and fires just wide of Stephen Thomson's goal.
Banny came so close to adding a second goal when Scott MacPherson curled in a free kick which was met by the leaping Lee Martin who guided his header just over the bar to his team mates despair.
At half time Bannerman would certainly been the happier of the two sides with their slender 1-0 lead but St Thomas' would know that the game was far from over and they still had it all to play for in this second period
Half Time: Bannerman High School 1-0 St Thomas of Aquinas High School
The second half was not short of entertainment for both sets of fans and it all started from the offset when Evans Lamboh whipped in a cross for Peter McGill to met and have a shot blocked then for Kyle Gallagher to put the rebound just wide left of the post.
Connor Brannigan doubled his and Bannerman's lead when after driving into the box and having his shot saved well by the keepers feet a poor clearance meant the ball fell back into the big Banny number 10 who this time had no time slotting the ball past the keeper into the net.
Straight after the re start St Thomas' went on the attack now knowing that they would need to get a early goal to have any chance of winning this cup final. They came close when Kyle Gallagher smashed a venomous free kick towards goal but the Banny keeper held well.
St Thomas' were gifted a glimmer of hop when after a free kick was whipped in from the right hand side one of the Banny defenders was judged to have handled in the box and St Tams were awarded a penalty. Kalvin Orsi stepped up for St Tams looking fairly confident in himself and he was right to because with ease Orsi sends the keeper the wrong way and slots the penalty home to keep St Thomas' dream alive.
Soon after Banny thought they had put the game to bed when Scott MacPherson again curled in a great free kick which was eventually turned in by Matthew Clifford who only found out his goal was disallowed for offside after he had ran to celebrate with the Banny crowd. A relieved St Tams tried to get the game started again as quick as possible knowing the comeback could still be on.
St Thomas' had little time left and probably the best chance they would get was wasted when Luke Murphy showed great feet to break into the box but fired a tame shot straight in to the arms on the keeper.
Banny held on to the final whistle even though they were bombarded with St Thomas' attacks the Bannerman defense stayed solid and made sure that they're team would be the ones lifting that trophy and singing championees. St Thomas' showed great spirit to never give up and keep on going to the last whistle but this year's champions Bannerman deserved victory after a great team performance.
Full Time: Bannerman High School 2-1 St Thomas of Aquinas High School