Stewart’s Melville win Under-18 Cup Scottish Cup

Stewart's Melville Under-18s
Stewart's Melville Under-18s
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Stewart’s Melville hockey club are celebrating after winning the Scottish Cup at under-18 level for the first time.

The Edinburgh school had to come from 1-0 down in the final to win 2-1 against holders Glasgow School of Sport, who fielded seven members of the under-18 international squad.

StewMel needed 15-year-old goalkeeper Callum Miller, who is one of the younger players in the team, to stay cool and save a penalty flick in the last five minutes of a tight contest at Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre.

Michiel Doyle and Alasdair Thurlow were the goal heroes for Stewart’s Melville, who had to come through a tough route to win the title. They edged city rivals George Watson’s in the quarter-final and then beat Fettes away in the semi-finals.

Six members of the team, including captain Adam Lloyd, have been in the team for three years. The historic win caps a long-term project at the famous rugby playing school started by teacher Martin Constable.

The school’s under-15 side lost in the S3 Plate Final, also held at the same venue. Coach Andrew Brogdon, another teacher at the school, said: “They definitely have the ability to emulate the older boys in three years’ time. They are just as talented but need to physically mature.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Academy lost 2-0 to Strathallan in the under-18 Plate Final, also played at Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre. They beat Aberdeen Grammar and Glasgow Academy on their way to the final.