Grange Academy 2 St Peter the Apostle HS 4

Leading 2-0 at half time Grange Academy looked like hot favourites to win the SSFA Senior Shield Final held on Tuesday night at Somerset Park , home of Ayrshire United FC. However, the team from St Peter the Apostle HS had different ideas and staged a terrific comeback to lift the prestigious trophy with a four goal second half performance.

Grange started the game in great fashion and Dominic Brady looked in great form.

After a nice lay off by Jack Allan , Blaike Hay hit his shot over.

St Peter’s keeper, Logan Bryce then blocked Brady’s attempt after a good run and Jack Allan went close with a spectacular overhead kick effort.

Alfie Stewart thought he had scored when he netted a rebound off the post from Brady but he was offside and the goal didn’t stand.

Grange were on top and in the 41st minute they took a deserved lead. Jack Allan played a lovely through pass and this time Blaike Hay found the net to put his side 1-0 up.

Grange Academy players celebrate Blaike Hay's opening goal
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when, from his brother Jack’s corner, Lewis Allan rose to head home powerfully.
Lewis Allan heads in Grange's second goal

Half-time: Grange Academy 2 St Peter the Apostle High School 0.

Only three minutes into the second half St Peter’s made the substitution that won them the game with a fantastic comeback. Ryan Keegan, a Saint Mirren youth signing, lifted his team almost instantly.

Joe Burns lobbed a header on to the bar and the scramble that followed saw keeper Alistair Johnstone emerge with the ball.

In the 70th minute Ryan Shields sent over a terrific cross. Captain Matthew Monaghan, up from the back, powered home a diving header at the back post to give his side hope.

Matthew Monaghan pulls one back for St Peter the Apostle High School
Five minutes later and Ryan Keegan turned home a ball from six yards out to draw his team level.
Ryan Keegan draws St. Peter's level

The tide was definitely turning at this point and Grange were further handicapped when, following a rash challenge on Joe Burns, Roan Darnbrough was shown a red card by referee Conor Greenan.

Ryan Keegan in the 87th minute, and just when the prospects of a penalty kick shoot out was looming, headed his team in front from eight yards out.

St Peter the Apostle take the lead late in the game
At 3-2 the comeback was almost complete but Ryan Shields made absolutely sure of the victory for St Peter’s when he scored just before the final whistle.
St Peter's players celebrate going 4-2 up in additional time

After a great second half display for the comeback kids, in a game well handled by referee Greenan and his assistants, Nathan Deane and Roarky McShane, it was St Peter the Apostle who lifted the Senior Shield presented by SSFA Vice President, Jim Bettley.

Vice-president Jim Bettley presents the Shield to St Peter's captain Matthew Monaghan


Grange Academy Squad
St Peter the Apostle High School Squad