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Stunning stoppage-time free kick sees Carnoustie High School clinch cup glory

Carnoustie High School 3

Moodie 27' 90+2' Campbell 50'

Brechin High School 2

Wood (pen) 75', Downey 79'
  • Thursday, 11 June 2015
  • Station Park
  • Under 18´s
  • Angus Schools FA Cup

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Carnoustie High School have won the Senior Angus Schools FA cup after what can only be described as an absolute thriller of a final against Brechin High School.

Carnoustie were 1-0 up at the half time break after Calum Moodie’s wide free kick sailed into the top corner. The cup then looked to be heading the way of Carnoustie when, early in the second half, they doubled their advantage through Jamie Campbell. Brechin High School then launched a phenominal fight back and pulled a goal back through a Sam Wood penalty. Shortly afterwards they were back on level terms when Alfie Downey headed in the equalsier from a corner. There was still time for one last twist, however, as in stoppage time Moodie curled one last free kick straight into the goal to hand the Carnoustie boys victory.

The game was a closely fought encounter with both sides fighting it out for overall supremacy in the sunshine. Each team had a few half chances at goal in the opening stages but it was Carnoustie who made the initial breakthrough in the 27th minute. Brechin conceded a free kick out on the right flank and Moodie stepped up to take the kick. With a number of Carnoustie bodies filling the penalty box looking to get a head on the impending cross Moodie delivered the perfect ball, but not in the way you would expect. The ball was indeed delivered straight into the box but it sailed over everyone and straight into the top right corner of the goal. Intentional or an over hit cross? I’ll let you decide on that one.

In the 39th minute Brechin nearly enjoyed some success from a free kick themselves. The ball was delivered long into the box and was met by the head of Brechin captain Downey. The centre half could only head the ball wide of the mark, however.

Both teams continued to pose the odd threat on goal but it remained 1-0 going into the half time break.

  • Half Time:
  • Carnoustie High School
  • 1-0
  • Brechin High School

Carnoustie began the second half in emphatic style as they extended their lead to two just five minutes into the second period. Jamie Campbell was the goalscorer as he latched onto a cross at the back post, chested the ball down, and rifled it into the back of the net. Carnoustie looked like they were well on their way to cup success.

They were left to rue a few missed opportunities in the half as, with 15 minutes left to play, the game turned against them. A rash Carnoustie challenge inside their own box resulted in the referee awarding a clear penalty to Brechin. Stepping up to take the spot kick was Wood and he duly dispatched the ball into the bottom left hand corner. Brechin had seized the lifeline handed to them and the momentum was well and truly with the boys in blue.

Sure enough their renewed impetus paid dividends as, just four minutes later, the scores were level at 2-2. Rising above everyone else in the box was Downey who headed home straight from a corner kick.

Right now it was anyone’s guess as to who would emerge victorious in this game. With penalties seemingly needed to decide a winner one last twist came two minutes into added time. Brechin gave away a free kick right on the edge of their box which they would come to regret. Moodie stepped up to take it in an attempt to net his second free kick of the day. He most certainly delivered, curling the ball round the wall and straight into the top right corner to send the Carnoustie fans into delirium. That is how you seal a cup victory in style!

Moments later the referee brought an end to exhilarating game. The two teams performed admirably with both contributing to the impressive spectacle and game. In the end it was a touch of class that brought about Carnoustie High School’s well fought win.

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  • Full Time:
  • Carnoustie High School
  • 3-2
  • Brechin High School


Carnoustie High School
Brechin High School
Star Player
Carnoustie High School
Brechin High School
Calum Moodie - He scored two delightful free kicks to lead Carnoustie to victory.
Alfie Downey - The defender was one of Brechin's best attacking threats in the air.
Magic Moment
Carnoustie High School
Brechin High School
It has to be that winning free kick from Moodie in stoppage time. A great strike to round off a great game
When Brechin scored that equaliser noone had a clue which way this game was going to turn next. A wonderful comeback.
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