Football Semi-Final Thriller

Published on 15 May 2009 Categories: Sports,  Senior School

Close up of feet abpout to kick footballOn Friday evening at Stirling University, the boys' team took on Robert Gordon's College in the semi-final of the Scottish Independent Schools' Cup.

Andrew Cumming's early free kick hitting the crossbar bode well for our boys but soon they conceded three goals to a strong and purposeful Robert Gordon's outfit. At half time GWC's coach, Jonny McWhirter, rallied the players, urging them that one goal would turn the match.

For the first 25 minutes of the second half both sides pressed hard but Watson's was now getting more of the play. Then a strong run through midfield by Will Farrar saw his shot on goal take a slight deflection as it sailed into the top left hand corner of the net. The tension mounted within minutes as Jamie Forbes from the edge of the box turned and drove the ball past the diving goalkeeper.

With only minutes to go, a crowded goal mouth scramble resulted in Richard Whyte scoring from close range. And so to penalties.

Watson's first four takers (Andrew Cumming, Calum Fergusson, Jamie Forbes and Calum French) scored from the spot, with goalkeeper, Neil McArthur, saving the second RGC attempt. It was left to Jack Cumming to strike the fifth and decisive penalty to claim victory.

This was a wonderful match played in atrocious winter conditions by two excellent teams, and the result is a tribute to the GWC squad's never-say-die spirit.

Now for the final!

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