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Courageous comeback not enough as Celtic hold on for glory

The Celtic BC 4

Rankin 17, McKinnon 22, 27, 35

St Peter's FC 4

Rae 15, Little 40, Burns 57, 62
  • Final Result: The Celtic BC 4-4 St Peter's FC (The Celtic BC win 7-6 on penalties)
  • Wednesday, 06 August 2014
  • Petershill Complex
  • Under 15´s
  • West Region Cup - Final

Rob McCarry | YFS West Region Journalist
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A heartbreaking end to a fine season for Paisley and District champions as they came agonisingly close to lifting the West Regional Cup after coming back from 4-1 down to tie the game but the day belonged to Celtic Boys Club as they held there nerve in a nail biting penalty shoot out.
Kicking off just before midday St Peter's were immediately on the attack and pressured the hoops from the outset with striker, Bradley Rae particularly lively with two early chances but it would be third time lucky for the young striker as the ball was lifted over the defence on the quarter hour mark he reached the ball before the outrushing Daniel Farrell to nod home and put his side into the lead.
Celtic would be level within minutes however when Dylan Mckinnon played in Paul Rankin who drove the ball goalwards from nearly thirty yards out its flight caught Ryan McLaren out of position as he leapt well but failed to stop it arcing over him and into the net for the equaliser.
Next would come the most contentious moment of the match as McKinnon found himself in a foot race with Cammy Finlay for a through ball in the St Peters box, many felt that the challenge that came on by Finlay was entirely legitimate but not the referee who pointed to the spot and it was McKinnon who dusted himself off beofre firing home from 12 yards to put his team in front.
Minutes later Mckinnon would be sent through again and although Finlay and Morgan Duncan seemed to have the danger well covered a woefully short back pass left McLaren stranded and they fleet footed attacker was able to nip in and double his sides advantage.
The young striker had however save the best till last and his scintilating run after half an hour left three players in his wake, jinking past them before sidefooting home to complete his hat-trick inside the first half and  giving Celtic a commanding lead heading into half time.
That wouldn't be the end of it though and St. Peters would regain a foothold in the match just before the break when the ball fell to Jay little 12 yards out and he powered an efoort goalwards where Farrell got a hand to it but was unable to stop it spinning over the line.
  • Half Time:
  • The Celtic BC
  • 2-4
  • St Peter's FC
The second half would have a lot to live up to in terms of action and it wouldn't dissapoint as St. Peters poured forward from the restart and efforts from Rae and Haydn Stewart would come closing to narrowing the gap. It would be Fraser Burns however that reduced the deficit to one goal when he rose above everyone else to glance home a corner.
Rae and Burns would then combine for the goal of the game as the former picked up the ball inside his opponents and half and despite having three options was able to pick the perfect pace as he laid the ball into the run of Burns who was left one on one with his marker, a quick shimmy saw him clean through and an angled drive into the corner from just insided the box drew the sides level with less than 20 minutes to go.
Despite heaping on the pressure late in the game St. Peters couldn't break the resolve of a stubborn Celtic side for whom Mckinnon was a constant threat on the break, both sides came close to a winner but ultimately the match would be  decided by the lottery of penalties.
  • Full Time:
  • The Celtic BC
  • 4-4
  • St Peter's FC

After both sides had chances to win it would be Celtic who eventually triumphed, gaining victory on penalty kicks to deny St Peter's and lay claim to the title of best in the west. An epic penalty shoot-out was eventually decided on sudden death, to the joy of the Hoops and their supporters.

Final Result: Final Result: The Celtic BC 4-4 St Peter's FC (The Celtic BC win 7-6 on penalties)


The Celtic BC
St Peter's FC

1 Daniel Farrell
3 Cameron Browning
4 Lewis Whitters
5 Paul Rankin
6 Marc Low
7 Josh Young
8 Aldo Lynn
9 Dylan McKinnon
10 Stephen McKnight
11 Nathan Duncan
12 Patrick Canning
16 Declan Wedlock
17 John Skilling

1 Ryan McLaren
2 Matthew McLean
3 Mark Seggie
5 Cammy Finlay
6 Morgan Duncan
8 Haydn Stewart
9 Bradley Rae
10 Fraser Burns
11 Steven Fergusson
12 Ross McKay
14 Conor Thomson
15 Shaun Clark
17 Darren Heaney
19 Jay Little

Star Player
The Celtic BC
St Peter's FC
A well taken hat-trick by Daniel McKinnon elevated him head and shoulders above his team mates on this occasion.
Too close to call between Bradley Rae and Fraser Burns as the strike partnership tormented Celtic from start to finish.
Magic Moment
The Celtic BC
St Peter's FC
The superb run and finish by McKinnon was fit to grace any cup final.
Wonderful vision, timing, skill and execution all combined to create St. Peters' fourth goal.
Club Views
The Celtic BC
St Peter's FC
Interview to follow.
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