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.