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Holyrood clinch double with All Saints victory

Holyrood Secondary School 7

Shields (2), Graham, Neeley, Harley, McGarry

All Saints High School 2

Campbell, Allison
  • Saturday, 10 May 2014
  • Glasgow Green
  • Under 16´s
  • RS McColl Cup - Final

Darren Carrigan | YFS West Region Journalist
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Schools Scottish Shield winners Holyrood Secondary took on All Saints High in the RS McColl cup final at Glasgow Green. Rain was pelting down as the teams lined up in what looked to be an exciting game.
 
The game was wide open straight from kickoff, All Saints seemed to be coming off the better of the opening play – but a quick Holyrood counter attack found it’s way to Conan Shields. Conan took one touch onto his right foot and let loose from a long way out, finding the net and putting Holyrood in the lead.
 
All Saints looked a little shaken after the early goal, struggling to get their confidence back. They were playing some nice football, a couple of crosses from Joe Slee and Liam Brown. They both look for Alan Campbell whose strength was giving the Holyrood centre backs some trouble. It was Holyrood’s Anton Houghton who came out ahead of the exchanges however.
 
Liam Brown was looking to be one of all Saint’s main men early on, he had a long range shot off a rebound that went just inches over the bar, it wasn’t much but it was enough to show they could hurt Holyrood.
 
Holyrood had a free kick, about 30 yards from goal. Both Keiran McGrory and Sean Harley stood over it – a dummy from McGrory separates the wall and Harley hammers it into the roof of the net with some beautiful backspin to make it 2-0 to Holyrood on the 14th minute.
 
Then when the match was looking to turn little ugly things brightened up. A dog got on to the pitch and it meant the teams had to engage in some keep yuppies until the streaker could be apprehended. The crowd and players had a good laugh and the game restarted shortly after.
 
Holyrood went further ahead as Shields picked up the ball of a quick shy at the corner flag, he turned his man and played a nice curling ball to David Graham 4 yards out who calmly beat the keeper right before half time; lovely play again from Shields who showed tremendous vision to pick out Graham who did well to react first.
  • Half Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary School
  • 3-0
  • All Saints High School
In the second half Holyrood stepped up the class, passing back and forth, smooth and quick. All Saints were barely able to get a touch and after Keiran McGrory’s shot was blocked the rebound bobbled to Graham who put it under the goalkeeper from 10 yards out to make it 4-0 on the 44th minute.
 
All Saints get their chance at retribution with a Liam Brown freekick out on the left, he stepped up to take it and Michael Malloy rose well to win the header, it fell to Alan Campbell who got in behind the line. Many offside claims that might have had merit; but Campbell took it well with an overhead kick into the back of the net to make it 4-1 48 minutes played.
 
Holyrood quickly responded, making sure that any comeback was stopped before it gained traction. It was 5-1 after Mark Sheridan got on the end of Sean Harley’s square ball to stretch the lead even further.
 
All Saints' Brown set up another  chance, his long cross sailed across the six yard box and despite the mass of bodies rising Holyrood’s Chris Shields got a glove to it to put it out for a corner.
 
Holyrood cross looks good as Sean Harley rose to meet it - only for the referee to blow for what was initially assumed to be offside until the official pointed to the spot. Discipline broke down momentarily and tensions flared, Holyrood got a penalty in the end but no card was issued.
 
Aiden Neeley steps up to the spot for the blue and blacks and while he didn’t find a corner he put enough power to get it past Callum McGinley to make it 6-1 with 75 minutes played.
 
All Saints made it their mission to show their quality and finish strong. Kiaran Allison picked out John Paul Cuddihy on the left wing. Cuddihy had a nice one two with Brown and the All Saints winger took on two and one a corner.
 
It must have been frustrating to see All Saints finally reach the level of play they could have all along once the game was nearly finished, the Saints managed to get their second goal in the closing minutes Brown won a 50/50 in an attacking position. He turned Anton Houghton and found Cuddihy’s diagonal run and a great ball picked out Allison in the box who made it 6-2.
 
Holyrood won a corner which fell right to McGarry scored a Ronaldoesque back heel volley to seal the cup in style with a goal he will never forget
 
In the end All Saints didn’t get out of the starting gates and were punished by perhaps the best team in school football. Front to back Holyrood showed their quality and firmly deserved to lift the cup.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Holyrood Secondary School
  • 7-2
  • All Saints High School

Lineups

Holyrood Secondary School
All Saints High School

Chris Shields David Graham Niall Sheridan Steven Tompkins Sean Findlay Connor McCorry Conan Shields Keiran McGrory Aiden Neeley Anthony McGarry Marc Foley Sean Harley Anton Houghton Azan Quereshi

Calum McGinlay Aiden McNeil Kiaran Allison Joe Slee Liam Brown Alan Campbell Declan Bryson John Paul Cuddihy Michael Malloy Kevin Fell Ben Daly Mohammed N'Yang Jack Moran Steven Eagles Abdu Aden Sean Cruickshanks

Star Player
Holyrood Secondary School
All Saints High School
Conan Shields was fantastic whistle to whistle. He showed great creative vision to set up two of his teamates as well as bagging two goals himself.
Liam Brown had a terrific game. His work rate was the higest on the park and every chance for All Saints had his involvement.
Magic Moment
Holyrood Secondary School
All Saints High School
Both Harley's free kick hammering into the roof of the net from 30 yards and McGarry's Ronaldo goal were magic in their own right.
The move which culminated in the second All Saints goal showed that if they had settled into this game they would have been a force. Lovely one touch passing and a great bit of play from Liam Brown.
Club Views
Holyrood Secondary School
All Saints High School
John Wilson 'The Special One' said; "Today was great for the lads, we really deserved this and next year we're going for the treble"

Listen to a full interview below:

Eddie Asken, All Saints coach, said "It's a shame for us to get so far and come up short, but Holyrood were great out there. We had some bright spots especially in the first half and I hope the boys will build off this."
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