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First-half double secures Cameronian Cup for Lourdes over Bannerman

Bannerman HS 1

Lawson (p) 71

Lourdes HS 2

McMullan 27, Elliott 38
  • Monday, 30 April 2018
  • Celtic Park
  • College & University
  • Cameronian Cup

Lourdes overcame a tough battle against Bannerman to win the 2018 Cameronian Cup at Celtic Park on Monday night.

Two first-half goals from Luke McMullan and Connor Elliott ensured the title went Lourdes' way, with a penalty from Kieran Lawson offering brief hope for Bannerman late on in the second 45.

It was a fully deserved victory for Lourdes, who defended heroically at times as well as scoring two tremendously worked goals.

Yet it was Bannerman who took the game to Lourdes early on. A couple of free-kicks deep in the Lourdes half saw Kelvin Daniel and Lawson curl a couple of efforts over the bar.

As well as that, Alex Smith looked extremely lively in the opening stages - getting on the ball and using his trickery to create space for Bannerman.

That's not to say Lourdes weren't having a say of their own in the first 20 minutes. 

Darren Stevenson drilled a low cross that just evaded everyone, whilst Cameron Clark also sent a cross in that drifted wide, as Lourdes threatened to get some joy from the flanks.

There was no lack of bite in the challenge either from both sides, with the energetic 100 or so supporters really getting into the game after some feisty tackles.

The first real close opportunity of the contest went Lourdes' way, when Kyle McAvoy rode a couple of challenges to drill a low strike into the side-netting.

Bannerman were warned, and were soon punished.

Elliott threaded a terrific ball through to McMullan, who controlled the ball superbly to round James Faulds and tuck into the empty net.

The goal sparked a real positive spell for Lourdes, who were noticeably looking more and more comfortable in possession, thriving in the Parkhead atmosphere.

Hasnat Ali Ahmad was almost put through, but was well marshalled by Anson Lung, before McAvoy fired an effort just over.

It was nervy times for Bannerman, and there was no surprise in the stadium when the growing confidence from Lourdes saw them go 2-0 ahead before the break.

A terrific, sweeping move down the right-hand side saw McAvoy send Stevenson away down the right. He sent a lovely low cross that was stepped over by one attacker allowing Elliott to smash a high effort into the top corner for 2-0.

It was a fitting end to a first-half that saw some lovely football from Lourdes, with Bannerman having a mountain to climb heading into the second 45.

  • Half Time:
  • Bannerman HS
  • 0-2
  • Lourdes HS

Just as they did in the first half, Bannerman had a lively start to the second. An early free-kick into the penalty area was cleared away, before Lung sent a dangerous ball into the box that was desperate for a touch from an attacker but didn't receive one.

The game became something of a scrap after the early bright spark for Bannerman, and in a way this suited a Lourdes side who had the game under strong control with their two-goal lead.

Yet, there was no denying the second half belonged to Bannerman, who started going through the gears again leading up to the hour mark.

The industrious Lung had a poke towards Lourdes' goalkeeper Jamie Kelly before Daniel sent a header just over after a terrific dead-ball delivery.

Rock Moses had to look lively to block Ruaridh Anderson's low strike, whilst a terrific passing move ended with Kieran Gilmour curling over the bar.

There was just no let-up from Bannerman at this stage, and Anderson got into a great position to send a crashing header just wide from a sensational Gilmour cross from the right.

Both sides were being strongly encouraged by their supporters for their respective causes, with Lourdes' fans urging their side to hold on whilst Bannerman's pushed their side forward in search of a goal to get them back in the game.

It seemed as though Lourdes had weathered the storm. However, with just under 20 minutes to go, Moses was penalised for tripping Anderson in the box - giving Bannerman a penalty and a much-needed pick-me-up.

Lawson tucked his penalty just under the arms of Kelly, who got a strong touch on the ball before it went in. Bannerman were back in the game.

The final 15 minutes saw some real pressure from Bannerman as they tried desperately to grab their equaliser. However, credit must go to Lourdes, who defended stoutly to ensure the back door stayed locked.

Stevenson was doing a terrific job for Lourdes in holding the ball up and giving his defence some respite, with his side happy to try and play keep ball and see the game out.

Other than a powerful strike from Daniel that was well held by Kelly, Bannerman just couldn't find another chance as Lourdes took the Cameronian Cup of 2018.

  • Full Time:
  • Bannerman HS
  • 1-2
  • Lourdes HS


Bannerman HS
Lourdes HS
1. James Faulds
2. Cameron McEwan
3. Kieran Gilmour
4. Anson Lung
6. Andrew Paulley
7. Kieran Lawson
8. Paul Harvey
9. Ruairidh Anderson
11. Alex Smith
12. Lewis May
14. Ben Meighan
15. Ben Hardie
16. Finlay Wallace
17. Lawrence Hendry
19. Kelvin Daniel
22. Thomas-Ryan McCabe
1. James Kelly
2. Connor Elliott
3. Rock Moses
4. Cameron Clark
5. Paul Welsh
6. Kieran Fullerton
7. Hasnat Ali Ahmed
8. Aidan Lyons
9. Darren Stevenson
10. Kyle McAvoy
11. Luke McMullan
12. Brandon Copeland
14. Osafo Atuah
15. Oluwaseyi Fadun
16. AJ Green
17. Christo Jacob
Star Player
Bannerman HS
Lourdes HS
Ruairidh Anderson - Anderson was a live wire, particularly in the second half as Bannerman tried to get back into the game. Won the penalty through some good skill and out in an energetic performance.
Rock Moses - May have given away the penalty, but Moses was defensively terrific throughout, and really helped to keep Bannerman's threat limited. He made some terrific blocks and really provided Lourdes with a platform at the back to build on.
Magic Moment
Bannerman HS
Lourdes HS
There was a lovely move towards the end of the game that nearly saw Bannerman snatch the equaliser. Some great, passing football involving several Bannerman players saw the ball come to Lawson, but his effort was halted by Kelly. It was a nice piece of football, and probably the best sequence Bannerman played in the game.
Lourdes' second goal was just sensational. McAvoy, Stevenson, and Elliott were all involved in a terrific move down the right-hand side. There was a lovely step over in the box that allowed Elliott to have a free striker at goal with the Bannerman defenders occupied, and it was buried through a powerful effort from Elliott. A terrific goal that put Lourdes in control and would ultimately be the winner.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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