East End United Under 17's were crowned Paisley Johnstone and District Youth Football League’s League Cup winners after edging out Barrhead YFC Reds on penalties kicks. East End goalkeeper Ross Miller saved a penalty in the shoot-out which allowed Christopher Richmond to grab glory by scoring the winning penalty. A wet Keanie Park in Johnstone hosted the last of a weekend’s worth of P&JD League Cup final action.
The game was late in kicking off but once it did it started off in frantic style with East End United winning a penalty with only 45 seconds on the clock. Richmond broke through into the box and as he attempted to round the keeper, was brought down. He stepped up to take the penalty but failed to give East End the perfect start as he appeared to slip and the penalty hit the post.
The conditions were slippery but both goalkeepers showed safe hands when they were tasked with collecting dangerous looking cross balls. One apiece for each side could have led to a good opportunity for them but Barrhead’s Stewart Collins and his East End counterpart held well. Barrhead were showing good strength, winning most 50/50’s but gave away a free kick. Luke McGowan struck it low but it was straight into the arms of the goalkeeper Collins.
Set piece opportunities were coming in thick and fast with East End winning several corners at one stage. This came from the amount of space they were getting down the right side but most corners were struggling to trouble the Barrhead defence. It was, however, in the aftermath of a corner in which Richmond almost opened the scoring for East End as he managed to prod the ball past the keeper but some last ditch defending from Conan Mclean and Phillip Mills on the line managed to get it clear.
Most attempts on goal at this stage were long range efforts which weren’t causing either goalkeeper much harm with Barrhead’s Mclean sending a pile driver just over the bar whilst a shot from his team mate Cameron Boyd was easily dealt with by the keeper. It was Barrhead who ended the half the stronger of the two sides and East End goalkeeper Miller had to push Connor McCabe’s effort from a tight angle wide from a corner. Barrhead thought they had taken the lead on the stroke of half time when McLean rose above everyone in the box to bullet home at header into the roof of the net but the linesman’s flag was raised and the half ended goalless.