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Holyrood win fourth Scottish Schools FA Cup title

Holyrood Secondary 2

O'Donnell 25, Rodger 60

St. Andrew's and St. Bride's 1

Buick 70
  • Friday, 18 May 2018
  • Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Schools' FA Cup

Andrew Petrie | YFS South East Region Journalist

Holyrood triumphed in a fantastic final that saw free-flowing, attacking football played by both sides, created from confident play, clever passing and fantastic first touches. Goals from Shay O'Donnell and Euan Rodger put the 'Rood in front, before Logan Buick got one back for St. Andrew's and St. Bride's. It set up a tense finish, but ultimately the Holyrood defence held firm. 

The first chance of the game saw St. Andy’s centre-half Cameron Stuart send a header towards the corner of the net, but it was wonderfully saved by Holyrood keeper, Jaques Heraghty. 

Holyrood's first chance came from Niall Ferry's great trickery. The kinky winger turned his man multiple times before sending a cross to the back post, but Christos Balas couldn’t stretch enough to get on the end of it.

But, they managed to get the breakthrough after 25 minutes. Balas showed good skill and released a great pass to Josh Milligan. His cross was blocked, but it came back to Balas, who cut back to Rodger. His pass found Shay O'Donnell, who let the ball run across him before hitting a low, left-footed shot into the corner.

St. Andy's best chance to equalise again fell to Hagen. A great ball in from the Matthew McKinlay found the unmarked left-midfielder, but he didn't connect properly and his volley trundled to the keeper.

  • Half Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary
  • 1-0
  • St. Andrew's and St. Bride's

St. Andrew’s and St. Bride’s almost equalised straight away when captain Aidan McDonald played a magnificent ball over the top of the defence to find striker Logan Buick. He controlled it well but swung too quickly and mis-hit a tame effort towards the keeper.

Holyrood then squandered the chance to double their lead. Winger Ferry crossed in, and with no one around him the St. A’s goalie palmed it towards the penalty spot. O'Donnell was on hand, but this time his left footed shot went far wide. 

The striker nearly redeemed himself with a bit of magic. Ferry made a darting run and cut inside, flicked it back onto his left, and found a pass. The ball eventually fell to O'Donnell, who hit a half-volley that swerved in the air. Unfortunately, it didn't have enough curve to beat the keeper.

Ferry continued to show off his dancing feet. A cushioned pass from O'Donnell put Ferry past the defence, but he pulled it back, rolled two men, cut it onto his right and released a curled shot, which was tipped past the post.

It was the resultant corner that put Holyrood 2-0 up. The initial chance was headed away, but when it was crossed back in the ball fell to Aeden Crumlish, who hit the post with his volley. The ball fell Kindly to Euan Rodger, and he tapped into an empty net.

More direct running from Ferry set up another Holyrood chance. He pushed forward, getting them into the box, before laying it off to the onrushing Daryl Callaghan, who rounded his man and shot straight at the keeper.

Heraghty was tested for the first time in the second half when Aidan McDonald played another good ball through to Buick. The striker connected properly this time but the keeper got down well.

It didn't take him long to hit the back of the net. The ball was flicked on from midfield, and Buick showed good strength and pace to inch past his defender, releasing a powerful shot across the keeper and into the net from the right-hand side of the box. 2-1 with ten minutes left - game on.

He almost scored a carbon copy moments later. Another long ball bounced behind the defence and Buick was onto itin a flash, but this time Heraghty stood firm.

The game opened up in the final stages, with St. Andy's piling on the pressure, and Holyrood occasionally hitting on the counter, but no more goals were scored.

  • Full Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary
  • 2-1
  • St. Andrew's and St. Bride's

Lineups

Holyrood Secondary
St. Andrew's and St. Bride's
1. Jaques Heraghty
2. Josh Milligan
3. Aeden Crumlish
4. Daryl Callaghan
5. Finn Kelly
6. Blair Rossiter
7. Christos Balas
8. Niall Cannon
9. Shay O'Donnell
10. Euan Rodger
11. Niall Ferry
14. Jordan Agbor
16. Brandon Iradukunda
17. Evan McFadden
Alexandro Magill
Aiden Quinn
Dylan Beaton
Logan Buick
Ewan Calderwood
Cameron Stuart
Joseph Hagan
Stephen Heron
Ryan Johnstone
Ryan McDade
Matthew Kane
Aidan McDonald
Matthew McGlone
Marc McQuade
Matthew McKinlay
Adam Hemphill
Star Player
Holyrood Secondary
St. Andrew's and St. Bride's
Blair Rossiter: This award could have gone to a number of players, with Niall Ferry very hard done by. Whilst the winger's mesmerising footwork was a constant danger, Rossiter was the man who made everything tick. The diminutive midfielder broke up opposition play and sprayed the ball about the park with a wand of a left foot.
Logan Buick: The striker's pace was menacing, and when he was able to link up with Aidan McDonald they combined very well. His goal was well-taken, and although he missed a few chances he was the one who looked most likely to nab an equaliser at the end.
Magic Moment
Holyrood Secondary
St. Andrew's and St. Bride's
Any point Niall Ferry started to run at his opposite man, the crowd expected something magic to happen.
Aidan McDonald's footwork was very good, and his passing even better. He struggled to take control of the game for a young man clearly oozing with technical ability.
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