St Peter the Apostle High School scored a last-minute winner to break St Mungo’s High School hearts in the U18 Scottish Schools’ Football Association Shield Final at Ochilview on Tuesday night.
The earlier rain cleared up just in time to produce perfect conditions for the highly-anticipated final at Stenhousemuir, in a thrilling encounter which ended 4-3 to St Peter the Apostle.
It was, however, St Mungo’s who started brightest, with early pressure forcing a corner, although the resulting delivery was well dealt with by Bethany Kerr in the St Peter goal.
Both number 9’s - Rosie Mcquillan for St Peter and Chelsea Mceachron for St Mungo’s – showed their ability early on with fantastic quick feet, and it was Mcquillan who found Niamh Gallacher, whose well struck shot was the first of the game.
St Mungo’s soon replied with their first attempt on goal on the five-minute mark, with Megan Gallagher creating space to fire at Kerr, who parried well as Emma Kennedy’s follow-up shot went close.
The deadlock was broken on the ten minute mark when a stray ball fell at the feet of Mcquillan, who beat the offside trap and opened up her body at the edge of the area, before releasing a left-footed strike that sailed over Rose Ferguson and into the back of the net; 1-0 St Peter the Apostle.
Brave defending from St Peter centre back Nicole Cameron kept the lead intact as St Mungo’s searched for an equaliser, yet it was the side in front who came close to a second as Yasmin Boyce lined up a 30-yard free-kick.
Ferguson would not be beaten this time however as she tipped the thunderous strike onto the crossbar, before pouncing on the stray ball to keep her side in the game.
Cameron was once again on hand to stop a flowing St Mungo’s counter attack headed by Mceachron, and the centre back then turned provider for Mcquillan, but the forward’s hopeful cross from the left was dealt confidently by Kerr.
The game was levelled on the brink of half-time as Orla King whipped in a dangerous ball from deep in her own half, with the stray ball bouncing awkwardly and hitting a St Peter hand on the way through, and so the referee had no option but to award a penalty.
Megan Gallagher stepped up confidently and dispatched the consequent penalty into the top corner, with Kerr helpless in the St Peter goal; 1-1.