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.