St Mirren 83 v 62 Glasgow City
Junior Men Scottish Cup Semi Final
St Mirren West College Scotland Junior Men were at home for their Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Glasgow City from Division 2. Although in the lower league, the Glasgow side dispatched Division 1 opponents Grampian and Stirling on their route to the semis.
Saints won the tip and gained possession, but failed to convert to points. Glasgow however, knowing they were huge underdogs for this match, started at a ferocious pace and netted 7 points without reply. The home side realised they were in a battle against a physical, enthusiastic City. A buzzer beater from Callan Low ensured that Saints just edged the first quarter by 19-18.
The second quarter followed a similar pattern to the first. Glasgow continued to take their opportunities whereas Saints created the chances but their shooting was letting them down. St.Mirren had possibly their poorest quarter so far this season, losing 13-17.
Trailing at half time for the first time this season, Saints retreated to the privacy of the changing room. When they re-emerged for Q3, Saints upped the intensity levels. In parallel to this, Glasgow dropped their level – possibly using what energy they had in an impressive first half showing. Saints won Q3 26-13 thanks in a large part to the performance of Robbie Stevenson with his lightning pace and tough defence.
In Q4 the Paisley side had several key players in foul trouble, so coach Liam Stevenson had limited options. However, with the strongest squad in the country there was no need for panic. Saints converted a greater amount of chances and so increased their lead, winning Q4 25-14.
Saints now progress to the U18 final for their 3rd final in succession, having won the cup last year.
Top scorers: Callan Low 37 points, Robbie Stevenson 9 points.
St Mirren WCS Junior Men’s next fixture is a tough league away tie against Falkirk Fury on Sunday 18th December 2016, Tip-off 3.30pm.