Simon Marriott’s 94th minute screamer saw Celtic lift the Scottish Cup, but only after Campsie had pushed them all the way in a stupefying final minute.
Two goals in the space of a stoppage time minute turned an otherwise scrappy game into a dramatic encounter as Celtic BC’s resolve carried them to cup glory.
With Celtic sitting on a goal lead courtesy of Craig Fleming’s bundled first half effort, Campsie thought they had forced extra time when a late corner was met by the head of captain Jamie Darroch and with the aid of a deflection found the back of the net.
Just when extra time looked inevitable, in time added on to stoppage time, the ball came to Simon Marriot a full twenty-five yards out who thundered an unstoppable right foot drive past the desperate dive of Storey in the Campsie goal to complete the most dramatic of climaxes.
The game had been a drab affair up until then with neither side taking the initiative to attack their opponents, making for a tight and often scrappy encounter, void of any real structure or form.
Campsie had a smattering of early chances and worked Celtic keeper, Donnelly, through Andrew Forrest’s strong run and shot and again from Whiteford’s follow up. Moments later Liam Finnigan sent a curling shot from the edge of the area inches over after the Celtic defence had opened up nicely for the Campsie wide man.
Celtic were strong in midfield and controlled the first half for periods, but left Jack Marriot ploughing a lone furrow, often isolated without support and struggled to create any real forward momentum. Darren Sneddon showed some slick foot work to beat his man and cross low into the area where Jack Marriot looked set to apply a neat finish, but for the last ditch tackle from defender Reid.
Celtic fired a warning towards the end of the half when the impressive Marriott curled a shot from the corner of the area that looked a certain goal, until the hand of goalkeeper Storey tipped the effort onto the underside of the bar. There were faint appeals that the ball crossed the line from the rebound off the bar, but Storey was able to gather up the loose ball and keep his team in the game.
On the half hour Celtic made the all important breakthrough when Craig Fleming caused the Campsie defence problems, this time from a corner that bobbled around the area before falling to the feet of the burley centre forward. With his back to goal, he managed to swivel and turn before bundling the ball across the line from close range.
It was a scrappy goal that typified the game up until that point.
Half Time: Celtic Boys Club U21's 1 - 0 Campsie Black Watch U21's
The second half continued in a similar vein as chances were few and far between. Celtic worked Storey a couple of times, most significantly when Jack Marriot’s 18 yard drive had Storey at full stretch. The big forwards personal battle with Storey continued throughout the second half with the keeper getting the better of his counterpart again moments later.
Marriott collected a long clearance on half way and drove at the Campsie defence, leaving the last two defenders in his wake before baring down on goal. The young keeper stood firm however, and palmed the effort round the post.
With both teams feeding off scraps it was no surprise Campsie’s late equaliser came courtesy of a set piece, but the drama that followed with Celtic’s winner simply couldn’t have been written and sparked scenes of wild and frantic celebrations and scenes of absolute dejection from the luckless Campsie touchline.
Scorer of Celtics winning goal Simon Marriott said moments after the game; “Unbelievable! To concede a goal in the ninty-third minute, then to score with the last kick of the game, sensational. I didn’t expect to win today, we came is as under-dogs so I just so chuffed for the boys. We worked from minute one to the last kick and to get the Scottish Cup at the end of it, just brilliant.”
Full Time: Celtic Boys Club U21's 2 - 1 Campsie Black Watch U21's