Scottish Schools Under-15 Cup Final
MARR COLLEGE 6
LARGS ACADEMY 3
UNLUCKY Largs were bridesmaids for a second year running in the top competition at sun-soaked Dam Park Stadium on Wednesday May 3.
They went down to a Marr side who completed an historic domestic treble, despite the North Ayrshire side twice holding the lead.
Coach David Sinclair said afterwards: "It's unfortunate to lose the final again, we were beaten by Loudoun Academy last year. We started the game well but Marr are a good team and have done well this season.
They ended the season with a 100 per cent record and had to come from behind to overcome a very spirited Largs team, who twice had the lead.
Largs began well and got off to a flying start as they took the lead in eight minutes, Lewis Cormack turning well before dispatching a 12-yard shot into the bottom corner.
At the other end 12 minutes later, a Kinlas Bilham free-kick from 25 yards was saved well by Largs goalie Andrew Kane.
Marr player Keir O'Neil had his shot from the edge of the box blocked by a Largs defender in 25 minutes and as the South Ayrshire side kept pressing, Stewart Mathieson had his effort blocked two minutes later.
However it was all-square on the half hour when McInnes shot home from 12 yards. Two minutes later Largs were back in front when Ben Doherty netted after a header had been saved by Marr goalie Andrew Rowan.
Right on n half- time a thunderous 25-yard drive from Doherty was well saved by the Marr goalie. At the other end in 50 minutes Archie Munro had his effort well saved by Kane.
Six minutes after the restart, McInnes scored again with a 12-yard drive. Then in 52 minutes the same player completed his hat-trick, netting from 10 yards. Two minutes later, an Archie Munro shot was saved by the goalie and McInnes stepped up to drive home the rebound.
Nairn Calder blasted a 25-yard rocket in off the post in 58 minutes. Then Largs pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time, Jack Loudon heading home from a corner-kick.
Late on Marr sealed their victory in style when Calder netted at the near post.
MARR COLLEGE: Andrew Rowan; Glen Smith, Konnor Brannan, Calum Inglis, Ross Gouldstone, Kinlay Bilham, Archie Munro, Keir O'Neil, Joe McInnes, Stewart Mathieson, Darien Harris, Lewis Muir, Adam Rice, Jamie Kaminski, Jay Malcolm, Calum Martin, Nairn Calder.
LARGS ACADEMY: Andrew Kane; Declan Barbour, Craig Loudon, Callum Wilson, Lewis Florence, Lewis Cormack, Robbie Coupar, Ben Doherty, Jamie Coupar, Glen McTaggart, Jack Loudon, Dylan Smith, Matthew Jarvie, Louis Bainbridge, Liam Duddy.