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St Ambrose hold nerve to lift Senior Shield for first time

St Ambrose High School 0

Springburn Academy 0

  • Final Result: St Ambrose HS 0-0 Springburn Academy (St Ambrose win 5-3 on penalties)
  • Friday, 09 May 2014
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton
  • Under 18´s
  • SSFA Shield - Final

Alan Christie | YFS Central Region Journalist
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St Ambrose High School triumphed in the SSFA Senior Shield for the first time in their history after a dramatic penalty shoot out victory against their Springburn Academy counterparts.  St Ambrose just about edged a hard fought encounter and managed to maintain their composure to score all five of their spot kicks.  Springburn’s Jamie Brown had looked unbeatable for much of the second half but was eventually undone in the shoot out.
A noisy crowd of 630 was gathered on a dull Hamilton evening.  The travelling St Ambrose fans were making themselves heard and there was a real sense of occasion.  It would be hard for the players to live up to the atmosphere and so it proved as each side seemed to cancel one another out with very little in the way of clear cut chances.  Springburn almost opened the scoring after five minutes however as Stuart McCann took advantage of hesitancy in the St Ambrose defence to latch on to a long Brown goal kick.  His effort was poked just wide but gave an early indication of the amount of pace he possessed.  The ball in behind certainly seemed to be an encouraging tactic for Springburn early on.
McCann’s strike partner Ryan Gemmell was also starting to assert himself on the game, his quick feet allowing his side the opportunity to break at pace.  Gemmell was able to link with Scott Forrester and get a shot away.  It was a weak effort though and easily held by Euan Perry.  Gemmell was the dominant player at this point but a clear cut chance did not seem to come his way.  Forrester forced another save but was too straight and central to worry Perry.  Perry was concerned moments later as he had to rush out of his box to deny Gemmell whose claim that he was in fact outside the box quickly dismissed by referee David Doig.
At this stage it looked like Springburn would open the scoring and McCann did find the net in the twenty second minute with a fine shot through a ruck of players into the bottom corner.  The assistant referee was quick to raise his flag and the goal was disallowed, much to the chagrin of the celebrating Springburn players and supporters.  Billy Vidler then set McCann up in the box but again he was quickly closed down by St Ambrose players which mean his shot lacked the necessary power to worry Perry. 
McCann was now becoming the prominent striker and a superb turn and driving run at pace led to him being chopped down and saw Jack McCormack become the first player to be booked.  The free kick from Dylan Trewavas was again too straight though and posed no threat.  Springburn were definitely the better side in the first half and should have been ahead.  The passing ability of Thomas Lone offered some hope for St Ambrose, especially when he was able to get Connor Shields involved on the right hand side.  The half finished with Vidler firing over the bar after Gemmell created the opening for him.  No goals but plenty of commitment from each side.
  • Half Time:
  • St Ambrose High School
  • 0-0
  • Springburn Academy
Lone offered an early indication that St Ambrose would step up their forward play in the second half by working an opening for a shot that was easily held by Brown.  This was to be a feature of the second half but not before Springburn’s Kyle Kimmins forced a great tip over the bar from a corner.  Springburn forced a series of corners in a row which unfortunately for them came to nothing.  Kimmins also saw an effort from a free kick deflected wide by the defensive wall.
St Ambrose substitute Chris Kelly had a shot that was held by Brown in the sixty fifth minute and his side were to dominate proceedings from this point on-wards.  Lone showed good skill once again but his effort was held.  Shields was starting to use his pace to good effect on the right, particularly as tiredness started to become a factor.  He had a couple of efforts in quick succession that were dealt with including one parried effort that looked a certain goal.  Shields was not giving up though and a fine long range effort was met by the alert Brown who tipped over superbly.  Shields then saw an overhead kick fly wide as he and Brown continued their personal duel. 
Cramp was becoming an issue as the players efforts intensified in the closing stages.  Brown had one further save before the referee blew his whistle and we moved straight to a penalty shoot out.  Brown’s confidence would certainly be high but he was helpless as Josh McCormack, Shields, Martin Friel, Jack McCormack and Andy Murdoch ensured all St Ambrose kicks were scored.  
Springburn were under pressure each time and although Forrester and Jordan Campbell scored their first two, Kimmins saw his effort saved by Perry.  Logan McIntyre kept his side in it but Murdoch was coolness personified to win the Shield for this side, sparking jubilant celebrations on the New Douglas Park tiger turf surface.
  • Full Time:
  • St Ambrose High School
  • 0-0
  • Springburn Academy

A nervy and tight affair was perhaps unsurprisingly settled by a penalty shoot out. St Ambrose looked the most likely side to score the longer the game progressed and were able to hold their nerve at the end. Heartache for Springburn and it is never likely to ever be anything else for a side that loses in this manner.

St Ambrose were clinical in the shoot-out, scoring all five through Josh McCormack, Connor Shields, Martin Friel, Jack McCormack and Andy Murdoch.

Springburn scored through Scott Forrester, Jordan Campbell and Logan McIntyre. However, Euan Perry was a hero for Saints, pulling off the save which crowned them national champions.

Final Result: Final Result: St Ambrose HS 0-0 Springburn Academy (St Ambrose win 5-3 on penalties)


St Ambrose High School
Springburn Academy
1 Euan Perry
2 Martin Friel
3 Terry McDonald
4 Josh McCormack
5 Jack McCormack, 6 Kieran Johnston
7 Connor Shields
8 Thomas Lone
9 David McDonald
10 Paul O’Hear
11 Danny Ruddy
12 Andy Murdoch
14 Raymond McMurray
15 Chris Kelly
16 Tom Griffith
13 Paul Anderson

1 Jamie Brown
15 Dylan Trewavas
16 Ryan Gemmell
4 Kyle Kimmins
5 Logan McIntyre
6 Jordan Campbell
7 Ross McLean
8 Jordan Currie-McLean
9 Stuart McCann
10 Scott Forrester
11 Billy Vidler
2 Regan Porter
14 Jack Gorman
Star Player
St Ambrose High School
Springburn Academy
Connor Shields – a constant threat down the right hand side particularly as the game progressed. Seemed to rein shots down on Brown’s goal, managing to beat him with one of the penalty kicks.
Jamie Brown – did everything to keep his team in the competition with a string of second half saves. Unfortunately for him he was unable to continue in this vein in the penalty shoot out.
Magic Moment
St Ambrose High School
Springburn Academy
A superb dummy from Danny Ruddy in the first half allowed Paul O’Hear to make progress down the left wing. Brilliant awareness and use of space.
Stunning save from Jamie Brown late in the second half to deny Connor Shields a late winner. Brown reacted quickly to tip a long range effort over the bar.
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