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.