Edinburgh College makes history in Queen’s Park Shield Final

Photo by Oscar James

Edinburgh College men’s football team has made history, becoming the first ever college side to lift the Queen’s Park Shield after winning a dramatic penalty shootout.

The College team faced a tough task against University of Edinburgh in the 98th running of the final which was originally only ever contested by Scotland’s four ancient universities.

The prestigious shield is now open to every university and college in Scotland, and after the teams couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout was a fitting way to settle the first ever college versus university final.

The College’s John Robertson was the hero as he slotted home the winning penalty which saw his team steal the shootout 5-4 and seal a historic triumph for the College.

Read the full match report here:

The match kicked-off fashionably late (15:19) with an early goal attempt by the University. A loud match evolved as both teams made full use of the park; calling for their chance at put the first goal to bed. Another early attempt came from the University from No. 8 Ewan Ritchie, only to be saved by College keeper, No. 1, Alex McMahon who put on a strong display for the entire match.

Mark Waters, Edinburgh University’s No. 6, broke the deadlock on the 20-minute mark from a low free-kick giving the University the lead. Not phased, the College team set to bring it back with No. 3, Ryan Baptie, delivering a stunning goal. Both teams had found their form as the whistle blew to call half time at 1-1.

A stalemate ensued in the second half, with both teams bringing their best efforts to reach the back of the net; notable efforts came from University captain No. 11, Santeri Kuivalainen. The building pressure then proved too much for No. 6, Mark Waters, who missed his chance in a free-kick and a second goal for the Uni.

With half an hour remaining in the game, Edinburgh College pressed to take the lead but launch too far forward and were called offside offering the Uni a chance at a second goal. No. 7, Stuart McNicholas, sees this opportunity and gets the eagerly anticipated third goal in the match setting the University 2-1 up on the College. Not finished yet, No. 4 Jamie Chapman for the College, scores in magnificent fashion putting both teams back on par.

With just minutes to go, both teams appeared frustrated; the match was closer in resemblance to a tennis match than a football final! A stupendous performance by Edinburgh College goalkeeper Alex McMahon lets nothing get by in the remaining seconds and finally, the whistle was blown to call full-time. Penalties.

Uni No. 5 Greg Swan was up first in the box and a strong shot puts one up for the Uni. The College, taking no prisoners, sees No. 7, Finlay Connor, score and both teams repeat their performance ending up with 4-4 shootout.

The match resolved historically with a fantastic goal by No. 8 John Robertson, swiftly placed in the back right of the net, making Edinburgh College the 2019 Queen’s Park Shield winners.

Principal Audrey Cumberford said: “Congratulations to our players and coaches on an outstanding season. The team have worked incredibly hard over the last few months and to become the first ever college to win the Queen’s Park Shield is a tremendous achievement. I’m absolutely delighted we managed to get the win, but I would also like to congratulate Edinburgh University for their role in what was a fantastic game to watch.”

Photo by Oscar James