Schoolboy match ends in pitch invasion

Falkirk Stadium was the venue for the Scottish Schools Senior Shield semi final
Falkirk Stadium was the venue for the Scottish Schools Senior Shield semi final
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Ugly scenes marred the end of a nail-biting schoolboys cup semi-final.

Rival fans of Falkirk High and St Mungo’s High schools were alleged to be involved in sectarian chanting at Wednesday evening’s match.

The semi-final of the Scottish Schools Senior Shield saw the two local secondaries clash at the Falkirk Stadium.

After 90 minutes in a tense match the teams were tied 3-3, but St Mungo’s went through to the prestigious final after winning 3-1 on penalties.

However, at the final whistle fans ran on the pitch – just days before Falkirk, who hosted the semi clash, are due to play Raith Rovers in a Division One match.

An estimated 800 adults and youngsters were in the main stand for the school game with the rival supporters segragated.

However, one spectator said: “You would have to have been deaf not to hear the sectarian chants. It was school kids being school kids, but I must admit that I did feel a bit uneasy.”

Details of the match and resulting pitch invasion quickly spread on social media sites.

One tweeted: “According to him I was lucky not to spend a night in the cells.”

Another posted: “Great night never been as proud to be a fenian!”

A spokesman for the Scottish Schools FA said: “Supporters from one team did run on the pitch. There was all the usual stuff going on from both sides. But the police and stewards were not concerned.”

It is understood Falkirk Council is looking in to events surrounding the match.