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Bannerman take Under-14 Shield with incredible victory over St Andrew's

St Andrew's Secondary 1

Cassidy 31

Bannerman HS 5

Christie 12, Orr 24, 68, Higgins 51, 61
  • Tuesday, 08 May 2018
  • Murray Park, Auchenhowie
  • Under 14´s
  • Glasgow Schools' Under 14 League Shield

Bannerman High School secured the Under-14 League Shield with an impressive 5-1 dismantling of St Andrew's Secondary at Auchenhowie.

First half goals from Sam Christie and Cameron Orr were added to by a second-half brace from Kalvin Higgins and a stunning fifth from Orr towards the death. Tomas Cassidy got on the score-sheet before half-time for St Andrew's with a towering header of his own.

It was a final that promised goals given that both sides were in free-scoring form heading into the match. And it was a game that didn't fail to deliver in terms of quality.

One particular standout was Morgan Graham of St Andrew's, who was notably the only female player in the match as well as one of the top performers in a spirited display from her side. 

The game started in blistering fashion, with St Andrew's putting on a high press and forcing Bannerman's back-line into some early pressure. The first chance of the half, however, came from Bannerman, as Orr drilled an early strike over just outside the area.

Orr would then test the impressive Lennon Campbell's palms as he burst through and sent a low effort his way. Fortunately for St Andrew's the young goalkeeper produced a smart stop to tip round from a corner.

Despite a positive first 10 minutes for Bannerman though, St Andrew's started to feel their way into the game, with Cassidy bursting forward and curling an effort on goal that saw Nathan Coyne produce a fine save.

And Bannerman would storm into the lead just two minutes later. A lovely ball over the top by Lucas Wilson sent the pacey Christie away. The right-winger then lashed a low effort under the unfortunate Campbell to give Bannerman a priceless lead.

It wasn't long before Christie was in again down the right, but his low cross was well snuffed out by the St Andrew's defence.

One notable battle that was intriguing was Kai Mitchell of Bannerman against St Andrew's right-back Devon McAllister. Both youngsters were getting in about each other, with Mitchell often showing great flair and energy to win the ball high up for Bannerman.

And it wasn't long before St Andrew's went 2-0 down. A corner into the area was powerfully headed into the net by Orr, leaving St Andrew's with it all to do.

There was almost a quick response when Cassidy held the ball up well to lay of Keon Crampsie, but his well struck effort that looked top-corner bound was clawed away by Coyne again.

However, from the resulting flurry of corners, St Andrew's got themselves back into the contest. It would arrive from a towering Cassidy header - with Bannerman's lead reduced to one.

Cassidy almost broke through just moments before the break, but could only poke wide as St Andrew's had to settle for a 2-1 deficit heading into half-time.

  • Half Time:
  • St Andrew's Secondary
  • 1-2
  • Bannerman HS

Credit must go to the impressive Bannerman for a stunning second-half display, as their quality in the final third really shone through.

Cassidy would have an early effort tipped wide after good combination play between himself and Temi Martial, but it wasn't long before Bannerman were back in control.

Just moments after Graham came so close to putting Crampsie through, Bannerman stormed into a 3-1 lead. An unfortunate miscue from Lennon in goal allowed Higgins to slot home into an open net.

James Ferguson nearly played a starring role when he fired a 25-yard free-kick off the bar for St Andrew's, with Graham sending the rebound over.

And it would come back to haunt them when Higgins burst through to slot home a fourth and put Bannerman in firm control heading into the final 10 minutes.

There would be time for a fifth, and what a stunning goal it was from Orr. Picking the ball up just inside the St Andrew's half, the youngster dribbled past several challenges before unleashing a stunning effort that dipped over Campbell and into the net. It was a magical moment that put the gloss on a fine Bannerman display at Auchenhowie.

St Andrew's could be extremely proud of their efforts, and probably deserved more than a goal given the chances and openings they created throughout the game.

However, nobody could argue that Bannerman weren't deserved winners on a rainy day at Murray Park, as they took the under-14s League Shield back up the road.

  • Full Time:
  • St Andrew's Secondary
  • 1-5
  • Bannerman HS

Lineups

St Andrew's Secondary
Bannerman HS
1. Lennon Campbell
2. Michael Todd
3. Aidan Docherty
4. Jude Nolan
5. Daniel Aje
6. Martin McAleer
8. James Ferguson
11. Tomas Cassidy
12. Keon Campsie
15. Devon McAllister
16. Morgan Graham
17. Nathan McKnight 17. Temi Martial
Nathan Coyne
Kai Mitchell
Lewis Wark
Archie Graham
Ross McCall
Sam Christie
Josh Carroll
Lucas Wilson
Craig Queen
Kalvin Higgins
Barry Elliott
Cameron Forsyth
Jaden Campbell
Cameron Orr
Stephen Brown
Star Player
St Andrew's Secondary
Bannerman HS
Tomas Cassidy - The number 11 for St Andrew's was extremely positive throughout, and tried to bring others into play when possible. Scored the only goal of the game for his side, and never gave up no matter the score.
Kalvin Higgins - Top performance from Higgins, topped off with to clinical goals to put the game beyond St Andrew's. He linked up play superbly throughout, and showed a real drive in his game that rubbed off on his team-mates.
Magic Moment
St Andrew's Secondary
Bannerman HS
St Andrew's goal will be their magic moment, and it was a stunning leap and header from Cassidy. It was a goal that brought St Andrew's back into the game, and was by far their best moment of the game.
Cameron Orr's goal towards the death will be the most memorable moment of the game from a Bannerman perspective. Whilst there was plenty to be excited about for Bannerman, Orr's goal showed incredible individual skill and shooting power to ride several challenges and fire over young Campbell in the St Andrew's goal.
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