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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:25

Saints make light work of Holyrood in quarter final

Written by  Craig Cowan
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Holyrood Secondary
St Peter the Apostle HS
U16 SSFA Shield - Quarter Final
Holyrood Secondary
West Region heavyweights Holyrood Secondary and St Peter the Apostle High School went head to head in the last eight of the national school cup competition. 

Having finished runners up Under 15 level, losing out to Dunfermline High School in a penalty shootout at Tynecastle Stadium, Saints were determined to go all the way this year and had been in top form. Gryffe HS, Lenzie Academy, Clydeview HS and St Columba's Dunfermline had fell to the Clydebank school, with 21 goals scored and just a couple conceded.

Holyrood had been through a more tight set of fixtures with a penalty shootout victory over St Paul's HS and narrow win at John Paul Academy, before comfortably outsting Stornoway's Nicolson Institute in the last sixteen.

St Peter started the match brightly with Mikey Hopkins playing through Sam Gallacher, who slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.

However, Holyrood were back on terms before the break, as Kyle Chalmers unfortunately diverted the ball into his own net.

Half Time: Holyrood Secondary 1-1 St Peter the Apostle High School
With the scores level at half time, a close contest to the death was expected, but the Saints had other ideas. Not long after the restart Liam Deane's inviting ball into the box wasn't dealt with by the Holyrood goalkeeper and the ball found its way into the back of the net.

It went from bad to worse for the home side when they condeded a foul inside the area and Hopkins was on hand to slot home the resultant spot kick.

The away side weren't content to see out time, pressing for further goals. Number four game when Chalmers got on the scoresheet at the right end, capitalising on a defensive error and finding the net. 

Saints' fifth and final goal came when wing wizard Chris Dooley crossed for Craig Cowan to head home. The score remained 5-1 until the referee's final whistle.

Next up for St Peter the Apostle is a home tie against the victor of Bannerman High School's tie against Greenfaulds High School. With Clydebank High School taking on St Margaret's High School in the other semi final, a Clydebank derby in the final remains a possibility.
Full Time: Holyrood Secondary 1-5 St Peter the Apostle
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