Under-13s roar back to clinch the trophy

KIRRIE Youths Under-13s came roaring back from a goal down to clinch a cup victory over Saints at North End Park, Dundee, on Sunday.

Cup final day arrived at North End park and with two previous victories over the Saints this season hopes were high of lifting the cup.

However. Saints are a well drilled outfit and, from the first whistle, they showed grit and determination and, with a strong wind helping them, Kirrie found themselves in a real battle in the opening exchanges.

Barclay produced a great early save to keep the score deadlocked.

Strangely, Kirrie’s defence, which normally does the right thing at the right time, did the opposite but, after a number of defensive blunders, Saints somehow failed to capitalise.

With the strong wind Saints had the majority of play and, when another missed clearance fell to a striker’s feet, he calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper, who was caught off his line .

Finally this woke up the Kirrie players, who were all playing below their best. Slowly but surely, after a poor half hour, they began to move the ball and the pendulum slowly started to swing back.

Penman launched a high pass over the Saints back four and Kerrigan’s pace saw him first to the ball but he shot over.

Then Dickson fired in a long-range effort and, with several good corners, Kirrie finally started to play.

With seconds to go to half-time an identical Penman pass saw Kerrigan race in on goal and produce a classy finish for the leveller.

With the wind now behind them it was Kirrie’s half to dominate and they did just that with wave after wave of attacking possession.

Kirrie were awarded a free kick just outside the corner of the Saints box and, with the strong wind, Penman’s shot hit the back of the net.

Kirrie were now dominant and Saints barely crossed the half-way line.

And, when a fierce Dickson shot rebounded off the post Sherry raced in for number three and a huge sigh of relief was felt by all.

With very difficult wind conditions this was never a pretty game of football but, with total dominate possession in the second half, Barclay in goal never got a touch.

Kirriemuir Under-13s squad - Barclay, Sherry, Dickson, Fraser, Brennan, Findlater, Kerrigan, Prain, Barber, Todd, Penman, Cheyne, Reid, McKenna, Pogson, Ray and Hamilton.