Opportunity knocks for Beattie to seal Seaview joy with spot-kick heroics
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Our Lady & St Patrick’s, Knock 1 Our Lady & St Patrick’s, Knock win 5-4 on penalties
GOALKEEPER Joe Beattie was the hero as Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, won the Danske Bank NI Schools’ Under-16 final on penalties.
The game finished 1-1 at Seaview after the Belfast Boys Model’s Bailey Hoy and Our Lady’s Connor Harkin traded goals either side of half-time.
Going straight to spot-kicks, it allowed Beattie to steal the show with a big save before he tucked home a penalty of his own, setting the stage for Christian Phillips to net the winner.
The Model began strong, forcing a series of early corners and going close to playing in Billy Joe McQuiston before Beattie rushed out to clear the danger.
The deadlock was broken on the stroke of half-time when Bailey Hoy headed James Holland’s free-kick in off the post.
When the Knock school’s leveller arrived, it did so in spectacular fashion just three minutes into the second half. Connor Harkin had spotted Model goalkeeper Ben Nicholl off his line and launched a delicious dipping effort right into the far corner.
The Model went close to snatching a late winner but Hoy could only fire over the bar before Owen Taylor’s cross flew inches wide of the far post as they failed to prevent penalties.
James Clarke, Declan Magee and Conor Burns all netted their spot-kicks along with goalkeeper Beattie and Phillips to seal the win.
BELFAST BOYS’ MODEL: Nicholl, Mills, Lewis, Hoy, Holland, Annett, Long (Dougan, 57 mins), McQuiston, Spencer, Boyd, Taylor.
OLSPCK: Beattie, Doherty (McNicholl, 44 mins), Phillips, Haughey, McLaughlin, Hughes, Turkington, Harkin, Clarke, Magee, Eastwood.