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Clinical St Peters killed off Arsenal BC with two late goals to clinch the 2012/2013 Under 14 West Region Cup at a sun drenched Petershill Park. With the score level with just ten minutes to play, substitute Shaun Clark and man of the match Callum Scullion grabbed the two goals to seal a 3-1 victory for St Peters. The atmosphere was set by a raucous bunch of St Peters fans alongside a strong Arsenal support all enjoying the magnificent weather that Petershill Park was experiencing.
St Peters started the game brightly with Scullion having an early effort held by Arsenal goalkeeper Mark Bryson. Ross McKay was next in going close for St Peters but nodded Darren Robertson’s excellent free kick delivery wide. It was then McKay and Scullion who linked up for the next opportunity with McKay sending in a terrific cross to Scullion. He chested the ball down and held off Arsenal defender Brian Prentice before turning and sending his shot away. It was a low attempt that sneaked just wide with number 11 Steven Ferguson arriving just too late to tap in at the far post.
Arsenal were struggling to cope with St Peters and were dealt a blow when right back Ryan Bannon was forced off due to injury. The former Milngavie Wanderers player went down at the edge of his own box after a knock to his ankle and was replaced by Patrick McHugh. The break in the game gave Arsenal the chance to calm the game down and break up St Peters momentum. As such it saw Arsenal come more into the game and could’ve taken the lead after Joseph Slee’s header crashed off the bar.
St Peters, who were playing in Red and White, were very much unfazed though by that chance and continued pressuring Arsenal. A good run down the right by McKay saw him lob the ball into the path of an unmarked Scullion who didn’t realise how much time and space he had as he headed straight at Bryson. McKay was excellent in the early exchanges and created another opening for a teammate. This time Murray Wilson was the recipient as he collected McKay’s cross and make a little space for himself before seeing Bryson push wide his curling effort.
Despite their chances being limited, whenever Arsenal did have an opportunity it was clear cut. Sean McMillan should have put them in the lead after captain Kalvin Warren gifted him a one-on-one chance with St Peters keeper Ryan McLaren, after a good run down the left. Warren sent the ball into the path of McMillan but rather than put his foot through the ball he side-footed the ball straight into the arms of McLaren.
With the clock ticking down to half time it looked like the game would go into the second half a stalemate. However, there was still late drama to be had. Scullion, who had troubled the Arsenal defence all afternoon, was running into the box being closely guarded by Dariush Hejarian. As he looked to get a shot away he was clipped by Hejarian and a penalty was awarded. Fraser Burns stepped up to take the spot kick and sent the keeper the wrong way as he tapped the ball low into the corner to give St Peters a half time lead.
Half Time: St Peters FC 1-0 Arsenal BC
St Peters started the second half in the same fashion as how they had played the first half. Scullion and McKay linked up yet again with Scullion turning provider for McKay whose shot had to be tipped wide by the Arsenal goalkeeper. Everything created by St Peters seemed to involve Scullion and, after seeing an attempt at the near post well held by the goalkeeper, he then ran through one-on-one with Bryson after being played in by Wilson but blazed the ball high over the bar.
These succession of missed chances were soon to come back to haunt St Peters. Arsenal upped the tempo of their play and Warren broke into the St Peters sending in a tasty looking ball across the face of goal but there were no takers. Warren, the Arsenal captain, seemed on a one man mission to get Arsenal back into the game and he did that when he scored a breath-taking equaliser for the Gunners. It was a superb solo run from Warren as he broke into the box, held of the challenges of the St Peters defenders before cracking in an unstoppable strike that hit the far post before going in. It truly was a great goal, worthy of any cup final.
The game then became a scrappy affair and a running battle between St Peters’ Robertson and Slee resulting in both being shown a yellow card and a talking to by the referee. St Peters still looked the more likely side to create anything and it was yet again Scullion who was involved as his swerving shot shaved the bar.
With just six minutes of regulation time to play St Peters got themselves ahead again through Shaun Clark. It was substitute Bradley Rae who was running through and his initial shot was saved by Bryson before falling to Clark to tucked home. It was fitting that, with just a minute of normal time to go, Scullion should get himself on the score sheet. It was a cracking finish as he drilled the ball past Bryson to secure the triumph for St Peters.
The result concluded a remarkable season for the Paisley outfit. A narrow December defeat to Dyce in the Scottish Cup's open stages left them with four trophies to compete for after the turn of the year. And they secured all four. The Paisley Johnstone & District Division 1 league title, David Mushet League Cup and Divisional Cup had all been secured prior to the trip to Petershill - meaning quadruple success for the Saints.
Full Time: St Peters BC 3-1 Arsenal BC