Footballers are Angus champs

Arbroath High School recently fought back in the Under-15 Angus Cup final to deservedly win 2-1 in a hard fought match at Station Park, Forfar.

The opposition was provided by Forfar Academy.

Despite having most of the play in the first half, Arbroath went behind just before half time. However Callum Beattie equalised early in the second half with a vicious, swerving drive from a tight angle and the match went to extra time.

A penalty shoot-out was looming, but Kerr Waddell flighted a long-range dipping strike beyond the Forfar goalkeeper to snatch a worthy win for the High School.

Finn Sutherland had already gone close with two earlier chances and with excellent performances from Gareth Mowatt in goal and Harris Carnegie and Liam Sime in defence, the Arbroath goal was rarely threatened and the win was more comfortable in the end than the scoreline suggested.

The goal of the season award went to Scott Milne’s overhead volley at Carnoustie after Finn Sutherland’s multiple drag backs and backheel cross and Sam Clark’s headflick on. Runner up went to Kerr Waddell’s cup winning goal at Forfar and third to Finn Sutherland’s casual top corner place shot at Bannerman.

It was a season when the whole squad excelled; Jonathan Bastow and Bailey Menmuir were never overwhelmed at full back and Nathan Sinclair and Ross Paterson were consistently effective in midfield, beside the powerful and creative Waddell and Beattie.

The substitutes played well when called to do so, with Tommy Yule’s appearance at Bannerman High being particularly remarkable.

The S1 boys’ football team beat Arbroath Academy 9-2 in the Angus League and then went on to defeat Webster’s High to become league champions.