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St Ninians crush Linwood to lift Paisley Schools Cup

St Ninians HS 9

Blues 10, 12, 31, 43, Graham 16, 58, 63, McDonald 24, McBeth 37, Sutherland 42

Linwood HS 1

Fawkes 59
  • Monday, 11 May 2015
  • Thornly Park, Paisley
  • Under 16´s
  • Paisley Schools Cup

Dave Marshall | YFS West Region Journalist
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St Ninians HS cruised by Linwood HS  to win the U16s Paisley Schools Cup Final. With St Ninians having wrapped up the league title at the weekend and Linwood only playing two previous games the entire season, St Ninians were considered heavy favourites. They lived up to it with a plethora of goals and a dominating performance. 

It took St Ninians only 10 minutes to open the scoring. A corner taken by Rocco Innes was met by the free header of Michael Blues who made no mistake. 

St Ninians often used the wings as their main method of attack and it was from there that the second goal came. Elliot Graham cut inside the box and he crossed the ball right the head of Blues who scored his second goal with another header. 

From there, it looked like the floodgates were about to open and they did. Another corner this time by Ross McDonald was scored by Graham as the provider became the scorer. The trend continued as McDonald got the fourth. The ball broke to the number seven on the edge of the box and his low, bobbling shot nestled in the bottom right corner of the net. 

The first half scoring was rounded off by Blues who completed his hat-trick. A perfectly weighted ball by Lee Connelly was picked up by Blues who rounded the keeper and finished into the empty net.

Although the difference in quality of the two teams was very evident, it did not take away from the quality of play by St Ninians and their attitude to the game. To be fair to Linwood, at no point did they appear to give up as the game was all but over as a contest way before the end of the half. 

  • Half Time:
  • St Ninians HS
  • 5-0
  • Linwood HS

The second half started with more goals. Chris Sutherland set up Luke McBeth who curled in an excellent effort from the edge of the box into the top corner of the goal. Of all the goals St Ninians scored it was hard to see past McBeth’s for goal of the game. 

St Ninians’ seventh goal was a fine solo effort from Sutherland as the provider to scorer trend continued. Sutherland picked up the ball after a defensive mistake. He then seemed to take the ball round the entire Linwood defence before having plenty of time to put the ball past the helpless Robert Lang. 

Blues scored his fourth after cutting in from the wing and placing his shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. The next goal came with more than a touch of fortune as Graham’s shot took a massive deflection off of Linwood defender Adam Gray and into the net. 

Linwood were rewarded for their perseverance with a goal. A well timed through ball by Scott Miller into the path of Lee Fawkes who slotted under the oncoming Ryan Devenney. 

However, the final goal of the game was to come for St Ninians. A free kick from McBeth fell at the feet of Graham who fired home his hat trick. 

The final whistle came mercifully shortly after and St Ninians were able to get their hands on the cup. 


  • Full Time:
  • St Ninians HS
  • 9-1
  • Linwood HS


St Ninians HS
Linwood HS
1. Ryan Devenney
2. Luke McBeth
3. John Masterson
4. Antony McFadyen
5. Paul O'Brien
6. Michael Blues
7. Ross McDonald
8. Elliot Graham
9. Aidan Donaghy
10. Lee Connelly
11. Ronan Gilles
12. Chris Stewart
14. Rocco Innes
15. Josh Young
16. Chris Sutherland
1. Robert Lang
2. James Campbell
3. Tommy Smith
4. Luke Ferguson
5. Adam Gray
7. Sean Traynor
8. Reece Baxter
9. Callum McKinnon
10. Lee Fawkes
11. Sean Murray
13. Dylan Harkins
14. Scott Miller
15. Jordan Clarke
16. Liam McKenzie
Star Player
St Ninians HS
Linwood HS
Michael Blues - He put in an excellent performance and his four goals was the least he deserved.
Lee Fawkes - The number 10 took his goal really well.
Magic Moment
St Ninians HS
Linwood HS
There is nothing in football that beats winning a trophy and for all the goals that they scored not one of them would match the feeling when the team got their hands on the cup.
Lee Fawkes goal was the one highlight on a difficult night for Linwood.
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