Ayrshire Schools Under-14 Cup Final


ST MATTHEW'S ACADEMY 3 (St Matthew's won 4-2 on penalties)

HEROIC goalkeeper Jack Taylor saved two penalties in a pulsating shootout as St Matthew's saw off their East Ayrshire rivals at Dam Park Stadium on Wednesday.

This was a cracking game, with end-to-end action and the North Ayrshire side took the lead with a Curtis Lees header in 21 minutes.

Kilmarnock equalised in 40 minutes minutes to leave it all-square.

In the second half, both sides had chances before captain Callum Wardrope gave St. Matthew's a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot with Kilmarnock equalising moments later.

Dylan Cassidy thought he had won the game late on for St. Matthew's with a superb strike, however an unfortunate own-goal led to Kilmarnock taking the game to penalties.

With two superb penalty saves from man-of-the-match Jack Taylor, St. Matthew's left Dam Park with the coveted trophy.

ST MATTHEW'S ACADEMY: Jack Taylor; Stephen Queen, Michael McIntyre, Jamie Warden, Leon McLeod, Kieran Thomson, Curtis Lees, Callum Wardrope, Kyle McIntyre, Dylan Cassidy, Niko Haralambakis. Subs: Matthew McColgan, Sam Hood.