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Our Lady of Saint Patrick’s tame Bearsden as they delight in grade A performance

Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s put Bearsden Academy to the test as they ran out of a very wet New Tinto Park Glasgow School’s Football Association Senior Division champions following their emphatic 4-1 victory in the shadow of Ibrox Stadium.

Bearsden had the first big chance of the game when their captain Ewan Valentine lined up a free kick from the edge of the box in the 17th minute, but he was broken-hearted when his effort was sailed wide.

By the 20th minute, the conditions had not died down, and neither had the tempo of the match. Our Lady attacked and would finally reach a breakthrough in the 21st minute when Oliver Cairns caught on the end of a perfect through ball and had all the time in the world to blast his effort past Euan Davies and put his side one goal to the good.

Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s would double their advantage 28 minutes in, as Cairns increased his goal tally further. Jamie Shields drove with the ball on the right-hand side, and his delivery was inch perfect for Cairns’s outstretched leg, which got enough contact on the ball to allow it to bounce high into the Bearsden goal to make it 2-0.

Bearsden would roar back from the resulting kick-off however as they charged up the park hunting for an immediate way back in and won a corner. From said kick, the ball pinballed off everyone inside the penalty area, before Andrew Wilson fired the ball into the back of the net to claw his side back into the game.

Just as before the interval, Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s prayers for their two-goal cushion to be restored were answered. Cairns completed his hat-trick as he very smartly played off the shoulder and composed himself as he bared down on goal to put his side 3-1 up after a very tidy finish to put his side in a very strong position going into the break.

Our Lady came out for the second half with the same swagger they left the first half with, limiting the opposition to mere half chances and playing the match high up the park. They played the game the way they had to play it, ticking down the clock and defending strongly, before creating one last chance of their own two minutes from time. Gabriel Holloway picked the ball up from range and struck an effort that even two goalkeepers would have had a hard time saving, as he sealed his side’s success with the sweetest strike of the lot, to round off a resounding 4-1 victory.

Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s Player of the Match: Oliver Cairns

This award could only go to the hat trick hero Oliver Cairns. The dynamic forward had a lot of pressure on his shoulders leading the line on his own, and he well and truly delivered, showing composure beyond his years through his fantastic finishing ability as he played the most pivotal role in his side’s success.

Bearsden Academy Player of the Match: Ewan Valentine

This award goes to the Bearsden skipper, Ewan Valentine. Valentine played as a bit of a throwback number 4, playing in the traditional role as a sitting midfielder, rather than as a centre half that the number is now synonymised with. He played a leading role and motivated his teammates and was unlucky to see his side fall three goals behind, despite how well he and his teammates controlled parts of the game.

Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s U18s

1. Luke Smallwood

2. Kieran O’Donnell

3. Rory O’Donnell

4. Lennon Deeley

5. Diarmid Casey

6. Aaron Goldie

7. Nathan Scoillen

8. Gabriel Holloway

9. Jamie Shields

10. Oliver Cairns

11. Jack McCulloch

12. Callum Marsland

14. Max Ryan

15. David Elliott

16. Fraser Munro

17. Ryan Smith

53. Joe Longster

99. Euan McCallister

Bearsden Academy U18s

1. Euan Davies

2. Ewan Paul

3. Alistair Gibson

4. Ewan Valentine

5. Andrew Barlow

6. John Mullaney

7. Lewis McEwan

8. James Murray

9. Sam Smith

10. Archie Nicol

11. Andrew Wilson

12. Andrew McGeough

13. Ewan Russell

14. Tanaka Mabweazara

15. Justin Olayide


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