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Holyrood Under 15s take Glasgow Shield with ding-dong win over Jean Paul Academy

Holyrood Secondary 4

Hurrel 38, 67, Thompkins 81, Donnelly (O.G) 90

Jean Paul Academy 2

Sweeney 21, 40
  • Holyrood 4-2 Jean Paul Academy (after extra-time)
  • Wednesday, 09 May 2018
  • Lesser Hampden
  • Under 15´s
  • Glasgow Schools' Under 15 League Shield

A sensational comeback from Holyrood saw them run out 4-2 winners after extra-time against John Paul Academy to win the Under-15s Glasgow Schools' League Shield.

A brace from John Paul's Cameron Sweeney either side of half-time sandwiched a David Hurrel header. It seemed as though John Paul were going to take the shield after holding out for 67 minutes. However, with just minutes remaining, Hurrel came up trumps again to take the game into extra-time.

Holyrood had an extra gear to go to in the two halves of 10 minutes and it showed in the score-line. Michael Thompkins nodded home superb third, before the scoring was rounded off at the death as an unfortunate mix-up between goalkeeper Patrick Okodien and Robert Donnelly saw the latter poke into his own net.

Holyrood showed serious intent in the first 15 minutes, and will wonder how they never stormed into an early lead.

Guy Bullock sliced an effort wide at the back post, before Hurrel controlled a cross from the left superbly, but could only slide his effort off the post.

The pressure continued as Hurrel drilled an effort wide after being played in by Bullock, as the play was going in one-way traffic.

John Paul got their first shot of the game on 11 minutes when Kyle Bryson nodded into the arms of Gabriel Abercromby.

However, much of the play was going through the impressive Hurrel for Holyrood. He was showing some extremely flashy touches on the ball and clever flicks that deceived the John Paul midfield to start attacks for his side.

Yet, for all of their dominance, Holyrood conceded the opening goal just after the 20-minute mark. Billy Owens sent in a tempting cross to the near post that was headed with great power by Sweeney. Despite several Holyrood defenders being on the line, the power forced the ball in to give John Paul Academy a priceless 1-0 lead.

The goal gave John Paul added impetus in the run up to half-time. Bryson, Sweeney, and Owens all combined beautifully to set up Owens, but the latter just couldn't get a clean effort on goal from inside the box.

Yet it wasn't long before Holywood were battering the door down and trying to get the equaliser before the break.

A corner from the left was flicked wide by Dylan MacDonald, before Hurrel tried another effort from 25 yards that flew over. Holyrood were ending the half strong, but couldn't grab an equaliser before the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary
  • 0-1
  • Jean Paul Academy

John Paul will wonder how they never went 2-0 up just moments into the second half. Ryan Anderson delivered a pinpoint cross into the area, and as Callum Wright chested it down, he shaped himself to half-volley, but it went flying over.

And Holyrood would finally make John Paul pay. A terrific, floated free-kick into the area was powerfully headed home by Hurrel - levelling the score at 1-1.

However, a misjudgement from Abercromby had John Paul back in front within two minutes. Sweeney chased down a long ball, and Abercromby could only fire the ball off the big striker, who followed through to slot home his second of the afternoon.

The response was solid yet again by Holyrood, and they came so close to equalising on 47 minutes. Jay Murray flicked a header towards goal that was well cleared off the line by Donnelly. The follow-up fell to captain MacDonald, but his effort was sliced and straight into the arms of the grateful Okodien.

John Paul really defended well throughout the second half, and appeared to have the game won heading into the final five minutes. There was no lack of endeavour from Holyrood, by Donnelly and Dean Miller were marshalling things superbly at the back.

However, Holyrood got the equaliser you have to say they deserved. With just three minutes remaining, a corner from the right was powered into the area. Hurrell showed good feet to bring it down, before slotting into the far corner to take the game into extra-time.

  • Full Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary
  • 2-2
  • Jean Paul Academy
It seemed as though Jean Paul initially had the wind in their sails. They were buzzing around at the start of extra-time and looking to provide Sweeney with more service.

Yet, despite their endeavour, Holyrood should've taken the lead for the first time in the afternoon just one minute before half-time. A cross was delivered to the back post, and with the goal gaping for Hurrel, he failed to control the ball as it got stuck under his feet, resulting in him playing it out for a goal-kick.

Holyrood weren't for worrying about it though, as they grabbed control at the start of the second half and did take that elusive lead. Daniel Reid found some space down the right, and sent a whipped cross in for the unmarked Thompkins. He glanced his header towards the far post, and it went beyond Okodien an in.

The rest of the half would be a real battle, with both sides tiring and trying to win the ball back for their side.

It seemed as though the game was just going to peter out, but Holyrood added a fourth in extremely unfortunate circumstances for Jean Paul. Donnelly had the ball and, after sending a pass back to Okodien, the goalkeeper stepped out and allowed the ball to roll past him and into the net.

The full-time whistle went just moments after, as Holyrood secured an impressive 4-2 victory to take the Under-15s Shield, with Jean Paul adding to the game with a terrific effort over the 90 minutes.

Final Result: Holyrood 4-2 Jean Paul Academy (after extra-time)

Lineups

Holyrood Secondary
Jean Paul Academy
1. Gabriel Abercromby
2. Jamie Devlin
5. Lucas Chalmers
6. Dylan MacDonald
7. Guy Bullock
9. Jay Murray
10. David Hurrel
12. Max Kerr
14. Michael Thompkins
15. Mark McDonald
16. Daniel Reid
Mark McLuckie
Liam Comaskey
Evan Newbury
Aidan McLaughlin
1. Patrick Okodien
2. Ryan Anderson
3. Aidan Ward
4. Dean Miller
5. Robert Donnelly
6. Sean McConigley
7. Billy Owens
8. Gospel Ocholi
9. Cameron Sweeney
10. Scott Mallis
11. Kyle Bryson
12. Ciaran Fallon
14. Callum Wright
15. Jerome Fundira
16. Jason Smith
Star Player
Holyrood Secondary
Jean Paul Academy
David Hurrel - The Holyrood number 10 was sublime. Not only did he save his side on two occasions with two terrific goals, he was also leading from the front and motivating his team-mates throughout. Inspiring performance.
Cameron Sweeney - His two goals were just a small part of the handful of problems he gave the Holyrood defence. Played as a strong target man all game, and thoroughly deserved his brace. Unfortunate to be on the losing side.
Magic Moment
Holyrood Secondary
Jean Paul Academy
Hurrel's header was just sensational for this age level. His spring for the goal was highly impressive, but the power he got on what was a floated cross was extremely notable. Terrific goal that gave Holyrood belief.
Out of the two goals, the first was more textbook. A lovely delivery to the front post by Owens was met with a crashing header from Sweeney. A lovely goal that gave Jean Paul the initiative.
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