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St Andrews edge out Hermitage to secure Crookston Cup

St Andrew's Secondary 1

Coleman 20

Hermitage Academy 0

  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Murray Park, Auchenhowie
  • Under 14´s
  • Crookston Cup - Final

James Hunter | YFS West Region Journalist
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St Andrews were crowned 2013/2014 Crookston Cup winners after a stunning strike from Declan Coleman sealed a 1-0 win over Hermitage. Murray Park was bathed in sunshine as the Saints edged out the Helensburgh side to secure cup glory in a tightly contested game.
It was St Andrews who started the game the brighter of the two sides and dominated in the first ten minutes or so. The first opportunity came after a good bit of pressure from St Andrews’ Pierre Dang forced Lewis Crawford to head out for a corner kick. The ball was put in by Aaron McFadyen to Dang whose flick on was cleared but only as far as Jay Burrowes who struck the ball goalwards but it was well held by Adam Carmichael. Burrowes  was involved again and almost opened the scoring from a corner but saw his attempt cleared off the line.
Hermitage began coming more into the game and won a free kick on the left hand side offered them up their first chance to put pressure on the St Andrews defence. Jack Ritchie whipped the ball in but Aaron Pyott in the St Andrews goal came and collected easily. Hermitage’s Shaun Smith then launched a long ball which caught out the St Andrews midfield and found Liam Kavanagh on the right wing. The small winger attempted to break down the right and did well to force a corner though it came to nothing.
Dang was a lively customer in the first half and came close to opening the scoring just after the 20 minute mark when a through ball evaded the Hermitage defence. It fell kindly to Dang who knocked his effort just by the post despite beating the keeper. They wouldn’t have to wait long to grab the opener and it came courtesy of a superb left foot strike from Coleman. It was a truly fantastic hit from Coleman whose volley found the back of the net and left Carmichael with no chance.
Hermitage rallied after the goal and won a corner kick not long before half time. The ball in was headed down to Jamie Peak but he knocked the attempt over the bar. Another corner allowed Hermitage to have one last good chance before the half ended but an unmarked Jamie Paterson headed over. 
  • Half Time:
  • St Andrew's Secondary
  • 1-0
  • Hermitage Academy
Despite finishing the first half one goal down, Hermitage came out strong in the second period. Peak saw a header go close early on but was ultimately cleared away. Despite trying to take the game to St Andrews after half time, Hermitage weren’t having many clear cut chances and had to be wary of St Andrews on the counter attack. One incident saw Dang race clear but his strike hit the side netting, frustrating teammates in the middle who were waiting on a pass.
Dang was full of running and Hermitage’s Reece Court had to be alert as he made a wonderful goal saving tackle to deny the tricky striker. Dang had done superbly well to beat two defenders but it wasn’t to be as he was stopped by Court. It was Dang once again who had the next best chance as St Andrews looked to double their lead but his header from a corner was well held by Carmichael.
Hermitage certainly weren’t out of the game though and a vital intervention from Harry Ngambet took the ball away from Kavanagh who was in on goal. It was then the turn of Peak to try and grab the equaliser for ‘Hermie’ and his long range effort almost caught out the goalkeeper who scrambled as he touched the ball wide. The corner flung in was a tempting one but no one in the red of Hermitage could get on the end of it.
It was almost the goalscorer Coleman who completed the scoring as he was a whisker away from connecting to a ball in but couldn’t quite reach it. In the end St Andrews got the win and Coleman’s goal was most definitely cup final winner worthy.  
  • Full Time:
  • St Andrew's Secondary
  • 1-0
  • Hermitage Academy


St Andrew's Secondary
Hermitage Academy
1. Aaron Pyott
2. Jack McIlveen
3. Harry Ngambet
4. Kieran Irwin
5. Jay Burrowes
6. Daniels Rasa
8. Tyan Madden
8. Anthony Eadie
9. Declan Coleman
10. Pierre Dang
11. Aaron McFadyen
12. Regan Martin
14. Andrew Hogan
15. Callum Thorpe
16. Berns Feughouo
17. Eryk Sczynczak
1. Adam Carmichael
2. Shaun Smith
3. Lewis Campbell
4. Lewis Crawford
5. Jamie Peak
6. Jamie Paterson
7. Ross McGourlay
8. Brandon Pitt
9. Cameron Ritchie
10. Liam Kavanagh
11. Reece Court
12. Jack Ritchie
14. Gregor Chambers
15. Sean Cameron
16. Jake Gumbrell
17. James Cameron
18. Kyle Ritchie
Star Player
St Andrew's Secondary
Hermitage Academy
Pierre Dang was in excellent form for Saints.
Jamie Peak was pick of the bunch for Hermitage.
Magic Moment
St Andrew's Secondary
Hermitage Academy
No doubt about this one - Declan Coleman's superb goal.
Reece Court's goal saving tackle was first class.
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