A training masterclass with former Celtic and Southampton boss Gordon Strachan certainly paid off for the boys of St Mungo’s.
They’re now champions of Scotland after they triumphed in the Scottish Schools Shield final at St Mirren Park, seeing off Calderglen High 2-1.
The Falkirk side went in to the half-time interval a goal to the good after Peter McMenemey opened the scoring.
But Calderglen levelled in the second half. St Mungo’s kept their composure though and quickly restored the lead through Ian McIntyre and saw out the game.
Senior team coach Mr Costello told The Falkirk Herald the scoreline “made it look closer than it was.
“The boys really excelled themselves, and played very very well.
“It was a terrific night and the boys thoroughly deserved to win - it was a great performance.”
The Shield hasn’t travelled far, moving to St Mungo’s from Larbert High who won the final at Hampden last year.
It’s the first half of a unique double for St Mungo’s. The Girls are also in the Scottish final and play at the end of this month.
Both were given a pre-final coaching session by Gordon Strachan last week.
Speaking to The Falkirk Herald, the former Manchester United star said he had been impressed by both St Mungo’s teams. “I’ll be keeping an eye on the games, and the teams, I’m sure they’ll be great.
“I’ve been very impressed with the standard of the players here.
“The sessions weren’t about teaching tactics or anything like that, it was about the guys’ technique and how they can improve it.”
St Mungo’s boys edged out local rivals Falkirk High in a nail-biting semi-final penalty shoot-out at The Falkirk Stadium last month to earn the spot against Calderglen.