St Mungo's girls deservedly retained the Scottish Schools Senior Girls' Shield on the Spartans Academy pitch in Edinburgh, holding off a spirited second half fightback by the Webster's High School side.
It had looked like the girls from Falkirk were going to overwhelm their opponents from Angus, taking a 2-0 lead in less than 10 minutes. More willing to attack the ball they were winning nearly all the 50:50 balls and forcing the Kirriemuir girls into errors.
St Mungo's opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Shelby Kearney drove into the penalty area and fired in a powerful right foot shot. Kirrie keeper Dana Soutar did well to parry the ball away at full length but it fell to the unmarked Kayleigh McCann who calmly prodded the ball into the empty net.
Websters were close to an equaliser from a similar opportunity created straight from the kick off but this time when St Mungo keeper, Katie Hannam, dived at full length to push the ball away it squirmed inches away from the onrushing forwards.
St Mungo increased their lead in the 8th minute. Webster's couldn't clear from a succession of three superb corners into the goal area by Shelby Kearney. Kayleigh McCann put an end to the confusion in the area by stabbing the ball in from 8 yards.
St Mungo dominated possession for most of the rest of the first half and it was surprising they did not increase their lead further.
In the 14th minute Colette Tweedie was clear in the area but drove her shot into the arms of keeper, Dana Soutar. In the 18th minute Claire Hutton headed just over the bar from another pinpoint Kearney corner.
St Mungo were winnng every set piece ball from free kicks and corners.Dana Soutar kept Webster's in the game pushing a Colette Tweedie shot round the post from yet another corner.
Webster's won three successive corners in the 29th minute without threatening to find the net. Their best chance of the first half fell to Katy Dickson whose decent was well held by St Mungo keeper, Katie Hannam.
Half time: St Mungo's High School Seniors 2–0 Webster's High School Seniors
Webster's changed their formation in the second half with their most promising forward of the first half, Nivana Crighton playing deeper to shore up the midfield.
However, the opening exchanges were similar to the first half with St Mungo dominating the middle of the park and restricting the Kirrie girls to breakaways.
Chelsea MacKay looked to be clear in the Webster's penalty area before having the ball nipped away as she prepared to shoot.
Webster's seemed to take heart from their best move of the game ten minutes into the second half. Cheryl Kilcoyne picked up a clearance just outside her own penalty area and ran the length of the pitch, outpacing the St Mungo defence on the right. Her excellent cross into the path of Niv Crighton was blocked as she prepared to shoot.
St Mungo thought they had increased their lead when Kayleigh McCann's 25 yard shot bounced off the underside of the bar down onto the goal line before being punted clear.
Webster's at last got their act together in midfield and dominated much of the rest of the half, with Cheryl Kilcoyne, Lydia McKenzie and Amy Doyle in particular discovering they could cause consternation by running through St Mungo.
With 20 minutes left Louise Falconer came on as substitute for Ella Peters fro Webster's. She was barely on the field when she found herself on the end of a cross into the area. She coolly lobbed the ball over the St Mungo keeper to give her side hope of taking something from the game.
However, St Mungo put the issue beyond doubt five minutes later. The Webster's keeper had difficulty in getting distance on her kicks throuighout the game. With 15 minutes to go Chelsea MacKay picked up a short clearance 25 yards out and fired the ball into the top left corner of the net. It was a shot worthy of winning any game.
St Mungo brought on their three substitutes, Keany Gallagher, Morgan Lister and Eirinn Maguire for the last 8 minutes to be able to share in the deserved victory.
St Mungo's player of the match was Shelby Kearney. She had a quieter second half but her pinpoint corners and direct play in the first half had the Websters' defence at sea repeatedly. Diminutive keeper, Katie Hannam, was a close second giving her defence confidence and setting up attacks with her kicks from hand.
Webster's player of the match was Amy Doyle, just ahead of her midfield teammates. Amy never hid even when the game was going against her side and led the effort to wrest the initiative in the second half.