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Scotland's youngsters fightback to beat Poland

Scotland 2

Gallagher 37, Connelly 67

Poland 1

Wiktoruk 2
  • Tuesday, 17 June 2014
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton
  • Under 15´s
  • Vauxhall International Challenge Match

James Black | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Poland came right out the traps and won a first minute corner taken by Mikolaj Kwietniewski. The Scottish defence had a few chances to get it clear but it took the referee to award a free kick for handball for the danger to pass.
Poland deservedly scored in the second minute. Przemyslaw Macierzynski done extremely well to win the ball in the centre circle before he surged forward 30 yards without a challenge then slipping Bartosz Wiktoruk in on the right hand side who takes a touch before rifling a shot beyond Cameron Yates in goal.
As the first half continued both sides looked to a hold of the game in midfield although neither team was successful enough in their passing to take real control.
Both sides had early claims for a penalty but referee David Munro waved both away without a second glance.
A lovely ball by Scotland’s Liam Burt almost created a crossing opportunity wide on the right for Shaun Bowers but Tomasz Makowski cleared the danger for a throw in. 
Kilmarnock’s Lewis Morrison almost found himself through on Kacper Chorazka in the Polish goal after 15 minutes when some neat interplay between Charlie Gilmour, Burt and Morrison was bravely headed clear by Batliomiej Gajda.
Jakub Obloj almost doubled Poland’s lead in the 18th minute when he found half a yard to fire a shot at Yates although fortunately for Scot Gemmill’s side it went harmlessly wide of the right hand post.
Kwietniewski delivered an inch perfect corner which Adam Chrzanowski couldn’t get to when all it needed was a touch to steer it home with Yates helpless.
Arsenal starlet Charlie Gilmour went close to equalising with an ambitious shot from 25 yards which dipped just over Choraska’s crossbar after moving considerably in flight.
Kwietniewski was booked after 23 minutes after going doing easily under a challenge from Lewis Bell.
Scotland continued to look for an opening in the Polish lines but they were well drilled in their tactical roles with Maximilian Funk and Damian Pawlowski in particular impressing.
Funk had the goal at his mercy in 35 minutes when he found himself free in the 18 yard box. Unfortunately for the Fortuna Düsseldorf midfielder he lifted his shot over the bar.
Scotland finally drew level after Owen Gallagher found himself in virtually an identical position to Funk a minute or so earlier although this time the Scot made sure of it and fired beyond Chorazka. It put the Scots on terms as the interval soon followed.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 1-1
  • Poland
The second half kicked off in much different conditions to those the first ended under after a heavy rain shower during the interval brought the temperature down a few degrees and made the playing surface a little slicker.
Scotland made two changes at the break with Lee Connelly and Kristi Marku coming on for Rangers pair Jamie Barjonas and Liam Burt while Poland  introduced Riccardo Grym, Kacper Chodyna and Marek Mroz replacing Funk, Pawlowski and Obloj.
Scotland had the first chance of the second half when Gilmour’s free kick from wide on the right was headed clear by Mroz.
Gallagher almost had his second when a clever one-two between him and Bowers on the right wing saw the Newcastle man clean through on Chorazka but the shot was driven straight at the keeper who got his body behind it and cleared it to safety.
As the second half progressed the home side looked the more likely of the two to make the breakthrough although both sides were careless with possession a number of times.
Wiktoruk looked in the mood to bag his second of the night when he jinked past the despairing challenges of three Scottish defenders only to see his shot beaten away well by Yates.
Christian Antoniazzi, Glenn Middleton and Kieran Freeman replaced Morrison, Jack Adamson and the impressive Bowers with 20 minutes remaining in the second half as Scotland boss Scot Gemmill looked to take the win.
Aberdeen kid Antoniazzi almost made an instant impact when he tried to play Connelly in behind the Polish defence but Chrzanowski intercepted and cleared the danger for his side.
Gilmour had another ambitious attempt when he tried a volley from fully 25 yards which sailed just over. A fantastic ball through by Marku to Middleton didn’t quite sit for the Norwich youth and the ball fell to Gilmour who tried his luck to no avail.
Yates showed strong hands when Chodyna tested him from an acute angle forcing the Scottish keeper to push the ball back out across his 6 yard line although Jason Krones done well to shepherd any danger clear.
Macierzynski was replaced by Kurminowski and Jack Aitchison replaced Lewis Morrison as both sides freshened things up on the hour mark.
Scotland took the lead for the first time as Lee Connelly fired beyond Chorazka from close range, much to the delight of the sizeable crowd enjoying a fine summer evening of International youth football at the height of the World Cup.
Wiktoruk was replaced just after the Scottish goal by Aleksander Drobot as Poland boss Bartlomiej Zalewski tried to find a way back for his side.
Middleton almost made it 3-1 with ten minutes to go. Winning the ball 40 yards from goal, he done well to make some space to get a shot away and want within inches of Chorazka’s goal.
Yates should fantastic reactions to get down quickly to a fine shot by Riccardo Grym which took a deflection off Jason Krones and saw the keeper get down low and save well to maintain Scotland’s lead.
Patryk Romanski was replaced by Mateusz Bondarenko in the final few minutes, in one final Polish throw of the dice.
Poland had one final chance to score when a worked short corner between Kwietniewski and Grym was confidently held by Yates.
Scotland had one final foray into to the Polish half but it amounted to little as the referee blew for full time and a victory for Scott Gemmill’s youngsters.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 2-1
  • Poland


1. Cameron Yates
2. Shaun Bowers
3. Jason Krones
4. Daniel Baur
5. Lewis Bell
6. Jamie Barjonas
7. Owen Gallagher
8. Charlie Gilmour
9. Lewis Morrison
10. Liam Burt
11. Jack Adamson
12. Aidan Adams
13. Blair Murray
14. Tony Gallacher
15. Kieran Freeman
16. Daniel Church
17. Daniel McAllister
18. Christian Antoniazzi
19. Lee Connelly
20. Kristi Marku
22. Glenn Middleton
23. Jack Aitchison
1. Kacper Chorazka
2. Patryk Romanski
3. Tomasz Makowski
4. Batlomiej Gajda
5. Adam Chrzanowski
6. Damien Pawlowski
7. Bartosz Wiktoruk
8. Maximilian Funk
9. Przemyslaw Macierzynski
10. Mikolaj Kwietniewski
11. Jakub Obloj
12. Kamal Gravari
13. Mateusz Bondarenko
14. Riccardo Gyrm
15. Marek Mroz
16. Kacper Chodyna
17. Aleksander Drobot
18. David Kurminowski
Star Player
Charlie Gilmour. The Arsenal man was at the heart of everything for Scotland. A lovely range of passing and not afraid to shoot, Gilmour had a great evening.
Damian Pawlowski was Poland's best performer on the night.
Magic Moment
Lee Connelly’s winner for the Scots. A well taken goal in front of a big crowd to seal the win for your nation. All this AND its World Cup season. Admit it, you would have had the same daydream if it was you.
Wiktoruk's early opener gave the Poles a perfect start to the match.
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