Braidy under-15 boys are Scottish champs again

Braidhurst High celebrate after winning the under-15 Scottish Cup
Braidhurst High celebrate after winning the under-15 Scottish Cup

Braidhurst High School’s under-15 side have retained the Scottish Shield with a 2-1 win over Lanarkshire rivals St Andrew’s and St Bride’s.

The Motherwell youngsters came from behind to lift the trophy at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie - and give retiring rector Derrick Hannan a fitting farewell present.

In the early stages enjoyed the majority of the possession and created several scoring opportunities, hitting the post from close range and having a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside.

Braidhurst contined to press but things did not go to plan and St Andrew’s and St Bride’s opened the scoring after a very good counter attacking move.

That unsettled the Braidy boys who then missed a chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

But they got back on level terms just before half-time when Jack Keary played a great ball in over the ’keeper and JACK SIMPSON netted.

After the break Braidhurst continued to dominate and GREG MILLER dribbled past two defenders before unleashing a rocket shot high into the net to put them in front.

Their East Kilbride opponents started to push people forward in search of an equaliser but Braidhurst held firm and could have added to their score with strikes from James Miller and Reece Geddes rattling the crossbar.

Delighted skipper Lewis Gamble said: “We did really well; we worked hard for each other and played some good football.

“Our coaches said they were proud of us and that our drills had paid off. It was great to win in Mr Hannan’s last year as rector and we can’t wait to represent Scotland in the British finals in a few weeks’ time.”

Mr Hannan added: “This is my last year prior to retiring at the summer and without doubt this was the perfect leaving present.

“We hit the woodwork on at least five occasions and I was starting to feel my age with the tension in what proved to be a superb game between two talented sides.

“To win the trophy in two consecutive years has not been achieved since 1964, some 51 years ago, so this is history making for Braidhurst High.

“The boys had to work extremely hard and they played flowing football. I was very emotional and proud.”