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Trinity edge pulsating encounter to make Shield Final

Duncanrig Secondary 3

Marc Kane 11, 57, Morton 31

Trinity HS 4

Henry 13, 27 Reilly 20, Kennedy 41
  • Tuesday, 29 April 2014
  • K Park, East Kilbride
  • Under 14´s
  • SSFA Shield Semi Final

Alan Christie | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Trinity High School Rutherglen emerged victorious from a fascinating cup semi final against Duncanrig Secondary who simply refused to be beaten, battling right until the end to remain in the competition.  Ultimately it was the clinicalness in which Trinity took their goals married with diligent defending that saw them through to the final. 
It was a beautiful sunny evening at K Park, East Kilbride where a healthy crowd of enthusiastic supporters had gathered to watch two teams that had both been prolific scorers on route to this stage.  A close affair was predicted but goals were also expected given some of the players on show.  Both teams contributed fully to the occasion and were able to utilise the impressive 3G surface to showcase their abilities fully.  Given how the game transpired it was perhaps surprising that the opening ten minutes or so of action served up very little.  As there often are on such occasions there was nervousness in each team and a number of passes went astray.  Trinity’s Zak Moynes had the first real effort in the tenth minute but his left footed effort was easily saved by Lewis Edgar in the Duncanrig goal.
Just a minute later however the game really livened up as Duncanrig were awarded a penalty for a handball in the Trinity box.  Captain Marc Kane stepped up to take it and he very calmly slotted the ball past Paul Monaghan who dived the right way but was unable to prevent the powerful effort going past him.  Kane celebrated as anybody that has scored a goal of importance should and the vocal support of his schoolmates could likely be heard throughout South Lanarkshire.  It was Trinity who were jubilant just two minutes later however as they fashioned a quick fire equaliser.  Dylan Henry burst into the box, his perseverance rewarded with a break of the ball in front of goal which he took full advantage of to slot home.  Those that have watched Henry in action before would not have been surprised to see him finish in such clinical manner.
The impressive Jack Morton fired an effort wide for Duncanrig before Trinity moved two one ahead.  This time it was Luke Reilly who slotted home from inside the box after the ball broke to him.  The Trinity midfield were pressing constantly and not allowing Duncanrig any time to settle.  This was putting pressure on the back-line and the Trinity forwards were showing little forgiveness by finishing any chances that did come their way.  However Duncanrig should have equalised in the twenty third minute when Euan Aitken found himself clear in front of goal after good link up play between Morton and Mark McKenzie who was starting to assert himself on the game.  Aitken was greeted by the on rushing Monaghan who did well to save his initial attempt and also the follow up effort. 
Any signs of hope Duncanrig took from this passage of play looked like they had been extinguished just minutes later when Henry scored a goal of real quality on the counter attack.  He broke very quickly down the right into the box and rifled home a shot from the angle.  There were suggestions about whether it was a cross or a shot but the benefit of the doubt has to be given in this instance.  Regardless of the intent the way Trinity broke was impressive and they now found themselves three one up and already dreaming of the final.  Henry was involved in everything at this point, his ability to drop deep and time runs from this position causing Duncanrig real problems.  He had another volleyed effort go high over the bar as he looked to seal a first half hat trick.
Led by McKenzie and Morton however Duncanrig got themselves right back into the game just before half time.  A superbly weighted pass from Gavin McKirdy was taken by Morton in his stride who then showed no hesitation in slotting the ball past Monaghan.  It was an ideally timed strike and one that Morton had been threatening for much of the first half.  You could feel the belief flowing back through Duncanrig but they were lucky not to find themselves 4-2 down at half time when Trinity’s Declan McDonald went on a great, weaving run, muscling his way past several players.  The only thing missing however was the finish and after stepping inside he blasted the ball over the bar.  The half time whistle blew and this gave the opportunity for both sides and those watching to take a well earned breather.
  • Half Time:
  • Duncanrig Secondary
  • 2-3
  • Trinity HS
Henry seemed to continue where he left off in the early stages of the second half by again threatening down the right.  There was a determination in his side to get a fourth goal and it duly emerged within six minutes of the second half starting.  This time it was Steven Kennedy who got it but he owed a massive debt of gratitude to his centre half John Kelly who’s Zidane like pirouette in the middle of the park saw the ball being played through to Kennedy who showed impressive strength to hold off his marker to slot past Edgar.  There were suggestions of a foul by the Duncanrig players but these were ignored by the referee.  The confidence was flowing through Kennedy now as he threatened to score another three times quickly after this.  Duncanrig were determined not to let him however and knew they had to just weather this storm before taking any opportunity to come back into the game.  Two goals were not insurmountable.
Duncanrig seemed to take hope from a couple of corners and the fact that they had retaken the impetus was reflected in how deep Henry was now playing in order to assist his team.  It was Henry that gave away the free kick which did indeed bring Duncanrig back into the match.  However after giving it away twenty five yards out on the left hand side of the box he was probably not unduly worried.  Kane was to have other ideas though as he floated an absolutely superb effort high over Monaghan and into the goal.  A superb strike and Duncanrig were simply refusing to go away.  Trinity’s John Kelly fired in a free kick of his own three minutes later but this was easily saved.
Kelly found himself at the centre of a bizarre incident just after the hour when after committing a quite cynical foul on McKenzie he was shown a straight red card by the referee.  He had been somewhat hasty with the issuing of the card however and it was soon downgraded to a yellow much to the confusion of everyone.  He could be forgiven for struggling to keep up with what was a relentless match. 
Henry headed wide from a long throw and must have been thinking that surely a fifth goal would finish it once and for all.  Morton’s pace threatened to bring about an equaliser but after being played through my McKenzie he was well marshalled wide meaning he was unable to get his shot past the bodies on the line.  This was to be Duncanrig’s last chance with the final whistle blowing not long afterwards.  A fantastic semi final was over with Trinity celebrating their victory enthusiastically.  They will long remember being part of a terrific contest to which Duncanrig contributed to immensely.  For those that enjoy watching youth football they can only hope the final matches what happened here.  
  • Full Time:
  • Duncanrig Secondary
  • 3-4
  • Trinity HS


Duncanrig Secondary
Trinity HS
1 Lewis Edgar
2 Daniel Cummiskey
3 Jordan Hutchison
4 Marc Kane
5 Ross McGurk
7 Ciaran Hughes
16 Euan Griffiths
8 Jack Hart
9 Jack Morton
10 Euan Aitken
11 Mark McKenzie
12 Adam Mitche
14 Reece Gillies
15 Harri Davis
16 Gavin McKirdy
17 Lewis Gillies
1 Paul Monaghan
2 Jamie Nesson
3 Joseph Cassidy
4 Oliver Tobin
5 John Kelly
6 Declan McDonald
7 Luke McGunnigle
8 Zak Moynes
9 Steven Kennedy
10 Dylan Henry
11 Luke Reilly
12 Aaron Clark
14 Aidan Allan
15 Stephen Devlin
16 James Duffy
Star Player
Duncanrig Secondary
Trinity HS
Mark McKenzie – An all action performance from the midfielder who really drove his team on, especially in the second half when he was everywhere. It was no surprise to see him succumb to cramp near the end of the game after his considerable efforts.
Dylan Henry – Two typically well taken goals from Henry were the highlight of a mesmeric display from the forward. Henry is well known locally as a player of real potential and he did not disappoint on the occasion of this semi final.
Magic Moment
Duncanrig Secondary
Trinity HS
Kane's free kick for the third goal brought his team back into the game and was a strike of real beauty, high and curling over the goalkeeper.
Trinity's third goal was a classic counter attack at pace with explosive Henry finish at the end.
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