Op­por­tu­nity knocks for Beat­tie to seal Seav­iew joy with spot-kick hero­ics

Belfast Telegraph - School's Cup - - SCHOOLS’ CUP FINALS 2019 - BY GARETH HANNA

Belfast Boys’ Model 1

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.

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