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St Bernard’s AC Midlothian comeback to snatch Ian Mackay cup from Musselburgh Windsor Blues

Musselburgh Windsor Blues 2

Muir 1' 8'

St Bernard's AC Midlothian 3

Roose 34' Inglis 51' 63'
  • Sunday, 23 April 2017
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Ian Mackay Cup
St Bernard’s turned this final around, finally clinching the cup with a penalty halfway through the second half.
The game began under an overcast sky, but Musselburgh got off to red-hot start.
Right from kick-off they were pressuring St Bernard’s with a vicious intensity, the pass from the kick-off was hunted down and intercepted by Nathan Muir. Muir tore through the St Bernard’s defence before unleashing a left foot shot to the left corner of the net.
It literally was the best possible way to get underway for Musselburgh. St Bernard’s were stunned.
The mistake they made with the kick-off is something they are unlikely to make again, but it did not matter now, they were a goal down and it was about to get worse.
Not long after, Muir got through on goal down the middle and tucked home for 2-0. St Bernard’s, up to this point, had barely had a look in, but from this point onward, they started to fight back.
The first of these was a free kick around a quarter of an hour in. Declan Roose put it just over, but the tide had turned.
Sean Smyk took a shot from just inside the penalty area to the right-hand, but it went well wide of the far post. A corner was swung in from the left, the goalkeeper failed to gather, the ball bobbled invitingly at the back post, begging to put in, but no one was there to finish and it remained 2-0.
Finally, the St Bernard’s opener came, although not in the fashion expected.
Roose took a speculative shot on from a long way out. The keeper slipped up and allowed a first goal for St Bernards. Still, he was visibly frustrated at letting his clean sheet slip, especially in such a calamitous fashion.
St Bernard’s were back in the game, and it showed in their play. They seemed a lot more confident in their play. Hamish Tait shot from out wide on the right, but it went wide.
Half time arrived, with Musselburgh a goal up but St Bernard’s playing the better football. 
  • Half Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor Blues
  • 2-1
  • St Bernard's AC Midlothian
Just a few minutes after the break, St Bernard’s found the equaliser.
Lewis Inglis enjoyed a nice run in the centre, beating a couple of defenders, before letting fly from 20 yards and finding the corner of the net.
Now, no one could tell where this one was going. Could Musselburgh find another gear and restore their lead? Or would St Bernard’s complete a fantastic comeback? The tension was mounting.
It would be St Bernard’s who would keep their cool. After the two sides exchanged a couple of chances, Dylan Peacock had a run that saw him cut in from the right wing and just kept going, into the penalty, towards the penalty spot and looked ready to shoot, when he was impeded.
The referee had a little hesitation in awarding the penalty, but, from what I can see, it was the right decision. Inglis stepped up to take.
The whole cup rested on this kick. He smacked it into the bottom left corner with perfect technique. The comeback was complete, but St Bernard’s still had work, with just over 20 minutes left.
Musselburgh, to their credit, did their best to get themselves back in level terms. Joel Dickson got free, looking almost certain to equalise, but Sam Whitson saved well. The resulting corner was turned wide.
St Bernard’s also had additional opportunities to extend their lead, the best a free header for Charlie Nicholson after a series of three corners. each from the opposite side than the previous one.
Another came for Roose, who wriggled free from a challenge and shot from almost as far out from his goal shot, but Teller saved this one easily.
The fascinating game concluded without any further incidents. 
  • Full Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor Blues
  • 2-3
  • St Bernard's AC Midlothian


Musselburgh Windsor Blues
St Bernard's AC Midlothian
1. Eliot Telfer
2. Josh Noble
3. Blair Sinclair
4. Kyle O'Brien
5. Josh Campbell
6. Louis Robertson
7. Rico Fairnie
8. Ryan McKechnie
9. Aaron Faulds
10. Ben Dixon
11. Neil Canavan
14. Ewan Montgomery
15. Nathan Muir
16. Joel Dickson
17. Robbie Irving
19. Fraser Hoskin
2. Corey Smith
3. Charlie Nicholl
4. Ryan Wilson
5. Sm Collins
6. Sean Smyk
8. Declan Roose
9. Lewis Inglis
10. Hamish Tait
11. Dylan Peacock
15. Bailey Harkness
17. Ciaran Greig
19. Josh Duncan
21. Sam Whitson
22. Logan Whitson
23. Jamie Mehrdad
Star Player
Musselburgh Windsor Blues
St Bernard's AC Midlothian
Nathan Muir. His goals were merely indicative of a fine performance, in which he operated at maximum intensity. His two goals had spectacular finishes attached to them, clinically scoring a great individual goal, and tucking away a satisfying team goal. He dominated the opening stages, and set the tone for most of the match.
Declan Roose. Roose was an engine room, making great passes, and cheeky dribbles throughout the game, never losing his belief, inspiring St Bernard's to a great victory. His goal, although lucky to some extent, was no less than he deserved for his battling performance.
Magic Moment
Musselburgh Windsor Blues
St Bernard's AC Midlothian
The early goal from Muir. He stunned everyone in the ground, not least the poor player who made the pass from kick off, with his lightning pace in stealing the ball and running through on goal, before finishing into the corner in emphatic fashion. After this it was a while before St Bernard's even managed to get a look-in in this game. Not to mention it being all done within 10 seconds.
The save Sam Whitson made to preserve the one-goal lead that St Bernard's had. Aside from being a fantastic save in its own right, the pressure to make it was enormous, given a goal would have been the equaliser and who knows what might have happened then.
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