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The youth representatives of Celtic and PSG traded blows in a scintillating match which saw five goals, a missed penalty and 22 of the finest young players in Europe as both teams kicked off their UEFA Youth League campaigns.
Both clubs have heavily benefited from their youth academies in recent years with PSG producing the like of Champions League winner Nicolas Anelka and Celtic seeing Kieran Tierney and Shaun Maloney come through their ranks so this was a fantastic opportunity to see the beginnings of a fantastic career for some of these players, and what better place to showcase your talents than in the UEFA Youth League.
Celtic had the better of the opening exchanges as their electric football, usually spearheaded by Calvin Miller, Ewan Henderson and especially Michael Johnston, who impressed throughout the 90 minutes, ripped apart PSG’s back four. Beautiful link up play by Millerand Johnston didn’t give PSG a moment to compose themselves as they were forced into many clumsy challenges gifting Celtic free-kicks in dangerous areas but the home team failed to make anything of these set piece opportunities with McInroy, Hendry and Hill all chancing their arm but ultimately not having enough dip and swerve to give their team an early lead.
Celtic did put themselves in front on the 12th minutes, though, when Henderson won the ball on the edge of PSG’s box, he then fed the ball to Jack Aitchison whose mazy run to the byline was too much for Moussa Sissako who swiped away Aitchison’s feet giving Celtic a spot-kick opportunity in the process. Sissako was making his UEFA Youth League debut but was thrown in at the deep end as his opposite attacker turned Sissako inside out causing the 16-year-old to bring down the striker. Regan Hendry calmly struck the ball into the bottom right corner to give Celtic the lead, much to Sissako’s disappointment.
Despite taking the lead and controlling the early play, Celtic knew that PSG were not the team to be soft with as they have the potential to turn a game in an instant, so the boys in green charged up the pitch trying to add a second. Calvin Miller once again won the ball high up the pitch and drilled the ball across the box narrowly outwith the reach of the sliding Aitchison.
PSG had been building well in the first half hour with good interplay between Bernede, Moussa Diaby and Alec Georgen but whenever they found themselves in the final third, their attacks seemed to peter out with Meterhan Guclu being transparent in the game thus far. Bernede and Georgen were two bright lights for PSG throughout the match and the experience was there to see as both players had been in the 2016 UEFA Youth League runners up team, Georgen also won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with France in 2015 and has already appeared for the PSG senior team. The captain is looking like one of the best up and coming fullbacks in Europe.
Georgen had a big hand in PSG’s equaliser as he was played down the right by Diaby where he chipped a ball to the penalty spot for Guclu to direct a beautiful header against the left post and in. The goal really came out of nowhere but this highlighted the quality PSG have even when they seem down.
PSG really got the wind in their sails after the goal which meant that the half-time whistle couldn’t come quick enough for Celtic as they looked to regroup and dominate the opening minutes of the second half.
Yaw Osei’s double knocked Dundee out of the Youth Cup. The Raith striker scored twice in a first half that saw Matty Henvey score Dundee’s goal from the penalty spot.
Dundee were seeing most of the ball in the opening stages, but it was Raith who struck first through Yaw Osei.
A Dundee corner was dealt with by the Raith defence, and when Jack Smith sent a long ball over the top, there was only ever going to be one outcome as Osei raced clear and stabbed the ball into the bottom corner.
Despite their dominance of the ball, Dundee were failing to trouble the Raith backline. A free kick was misjudged by the Dundee defence, allowing Jack Smith a shot at goal. Fortunately for the Dark Blues, his snapshot was straight at Kyle Gourlay.
Cammy Mooney nearly brought Dundee level as his over hit cross was pushed over by the back-peddling Rory Brian. There was nothing the Raith stopper could do five minutes before the break, as Matty Henvey brought Dundee level.
Jordan Piggott went down inside the box, and Henvey blasted the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner.
With the referee ready to blow the half time whistle, Raith went in front again. Osei stood up Piggott, sent him the wrong way with a clever dummy, and placed a low shot across Gourlay into the corner.
Not quite a tale of David and Goliath, however some instinctive finishing and resolute defending provided Baljaffray Utd with a shock 3-2 victory over favourites St Convals YFC.
A game of two halves; PJDYFL Division Three side Baljaffray took a two goal lead in the first half, before St Convals - a Division Two team - clawed their way back into the game to set up extra time where Baljaffray scored the winner to proceed to the second round.
On a gloriously sunny September Saturday, it was a perfect afternoon for the first round of the Scottish Cup.
Additionally, with both sides winning comfortably on their last outings, it had the makings of a good game of football, and the boys didn’t disappoint.
It was St Convals who carved the first chance of the match, when a corner came in which Robert Caldwell met with a bullet header, but luckily for Baljaffray they had someone on the post to hook clear.
However, a few minutes later, Baljaffray took the early ascendency. Straight from a throw in on the right, the ball found Cameron Dodds inside the Saints box - he took a touch and laid it back to number 15 Robert Morgan, who rifled the ball into the roof of the net to give his side a dream start.
Saints most certainly didn’t panic despite the early setback, although it was evident their boys were growing frustrated as they struggled to get a foothold of the game and retain possession.
They did create another golden opportunity with 20 minutes gone though. Gavin McKay ran down left hand side of the box before turning and cutting the ball back to Rhys Weir whose powerful shot inside the area swerved just wide.
As the half wore on, Baljaffray were awarded a free kick for a silly foul from Saints defender Kyle McKendrick on the right wing. Morgan delivered an enticing cross into the six-yard box for the unmarked Adam Lyall to double the underdog’s lead.
Poor defending from the St Convals backline and ‘keeper who missed the ball, but take nothing away from the terrific ball from Morgan, who was superb throughout.
The referee signalled for half time shortly after, with the Bearsden side well worth their lead by capitalising on errors made by the home team.
A blistering first 15 minutes seen Rangers stun Hamilton and secure their spot in the next stage of the Scottish Youth Cup.
Both teams were coming into the game with convincing victories in the previous round, Hamilton winning 8-1 and Rangers winning 9-1.
The goals in this game started almost instantaneously with Rangers taking the lead within 3 minutes after Hannah Robinson was able to slip through Reanna Bates who was there to roll the ball into the bottom corner.
However, within 15 minutes, Rangers were 6 goals to the good with Rosie McQuillan putting away 3, Bates adding another goal to her name, however the pick of the goals came in the form of O'Brien's goal when she showed some lovely skill in the middle of the park before rifling home from 25 yards out.
Rangers were showing their goal scoring form that they showed in the last game and on the stroke of half-time after McQuillan completed a mazy run and put it back for Christie, who putt it away to make it 7-0.
A thrilling Scottish Cup first round clash between EK Burgh and Bonnybridge YFC took place at the Jock Stein Centre in Hamilton, with EK running out winners in a 7-6 goal-fest.
With the game level at 5-5 heading into the final 15 minutes, two quick-fire goals from EK put them in control before a late consolation gave BonnyBridge hope at the death.
Hat-tricks for either side through Alex Fish and Ross Buchanan was only part of the story in a ding-dong encounter that looked as though it was getting away from EK for large spells.
Both sides cancelled each other out well in the opening 10 minutes, but it was Bonnybridge that stormed into life in the first half with three quick-fire goals.
Elliot Bullough's deep free-kick was missed by the EK defence, with Neil Mackie waiting at the back post to nod home.
EK were then getting caught out too often through the impressive movement of Buchanan, who constantly got in behind on a number of occasions.
The striker bagged a brace in three minutes as he lashed home a high effort into the net when one-on-one, before cooly sliding another shot past Matthew Todd for 3-0.
EK hit right back. A deep cross from a Luke McNeill free-kick was nodded back across goal by Murray McLoy. Fish was waiting to pounce with a clinical right-footed effort that found the bottom left-hand corner.
The goal brought about a short period of pressure from EK. Fish was working well up front and trying to make moves. He nearly got in between the defence and goalkeeper before sliding at the final moment, whilst Adam Wilson had a header well blocked by Josh Rankin.
Buchanan continued to look menacing on the counter for BonnyBridge despite the EK resurgence. He again got the run on the Burgh defence before lashing wide, with his movement continuing to cause EK all sorts of problems.
Frustratingly for EK, they lost another goal from a free-kick to the back post. This time Danny Noble rose to put Bonnybridge three ahead once again.
Yet EK refused to go in at the break with that deficit, and Fish was alert to latch onto a loose ball, run in and dink a lovely finish over Nathan Cowan to reduce Bonnybridge's lead to two before the break.
Jack Lambert's sixth minute goal secured a Dundee victory over Dundee United. The midfielder’s goal ensured it was the Dees who had the bragging rights at the end of a hotly contested derby match.
Randy Wolters started for Dundee alongside two young trialists, and the Dutchman played a key role in the opening goal.
His cut back was met by Matty Henvey, who saw his shot saved by Josh Donaldson. The ball fell for Jack Lambert, who fired the ball past Donaldson from close range.
Dundee were bossing the game in the opening stages, and saw Jesse Curran and Wolters both passed up good opportunities.
United had offered little in an attacking sense, but were doing well to disrupt Dundee’s rhythm. Both sets of players were flying into tackles, which often disrupted the flow of the game.
Lambert sent Ian Smith in behind the United backline, but his effort curled harmlessly past the post, before Curran sliced a shot wide following a surging run from right back.
With half time approaching, United were nearly gifted an equaliser. Declan Glass stole the ball from Calum Ferrie, but the Dundee keeper managed to smother the ball without fouling the United forward.
Lewis Spence joined Jordan Piggott and Glass in the referee’s notebook when he flew in to a crunching tackle on Harvey Dailly. The Dundee man was lucky to escape with just a yellow card.
Hearts came from a goal down to defeat rivals Hibs in what was a strongly contested ‘Wee Derby’ at the Oriam Performance Centre in Edinburgh.
In a game which was shy on moments of true quality but featured plenty of grit, hard work and determination, Hearts were in the end worthy winners.
Rory Currie’s well taken goal on the half hour mark cancelled out Hibs defender Calum Crane’s sublime opener as the two sides entered the break level.
But the visitors took charge of the second half, taking the lead just before the hour through Lewis Moore’s close range shot.
As Hibs pressed for an equaliser, Hearts struck on the break. Moore grabbed his second after a devastating counter attack with less than 15 minutes to go before Callum Morrison extended their advantage with an exquisite curling effort from outside of the box.
In what was their first home match of the new SPFL Development League season, Hibs wanted to continue their excellent start following last week’s 6-1 opening win at Kilmarnock.
Indeed, it was the home side that settled quickest. They initially looked comfortable keeping possession whilst Hearts couldn’t get a touch.
Hearts defenders Chris Hamilton and Marcus Godinho were called into early action to prevent shots on goal, but Hibs took the lead soon after from a corner. The initial ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and after a bit of a scuffle it broke to the edge where Crane hit a rising shot, first time with his left foot, straight into the top left corner.
Hearts grew into the game shortly after falling behind. They fired a warning as Currie rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net - only to be called back for offside.
The visitors were finding joy in the middle of the pitch. Their midfield of captain Angus Beith and journeyman pro Prince Buaben were moving the ball quickly, whilst Dario Zanatta was finding pockets of space in front of the Hibs back four.
But there was one pocket of space that caused Hibs the most problems - the space in between their wing and centre backs. The equaliser came from a long ball, hit into the right channel. Currie controlled the pass before turning his man, opening his body and guiding a left footed shot into the corner and past the keeper. A fine finish, but a frustrating and preventable goal to concede for Hibs.
A brace from Craig Malcolm helped Alloa to the second round of the Irn Bru Cup. The striker opened and closed the scoring at Dens Park as the Wasps ran out 4-2 winners. Strikes from Callum Crane and Ian Flannigan put the League One side in control, but Matty Henvey’s brace brought Dundee back in to the match, but ultimately it wasn’t to be for the young Dees.
Alloa were seeing most of the ball in the opening exchanges, and Dundee had Callum Ferrie to thank for keeping the score level after 10 minutes. Scott Taggart’s fierce drive from 20 yards forced the Dundee keeper into a flying save.
The keeper’s heroics proved to be in vein as Alloa opened the scoring two minutes later. Alan Cook’s cut back was met by Craig Malcolm, who controlled the ball, and drilled a low shot into the net.
Nine minutes later, the visitors added a second. Taggart’s cross was brought down by Callum Crane, who fired a shot across Ferrie and into the net after 21 minutes.
The Dee got a let off as Crane’s cut back was skied by Alan Cook. With just over half an hour gone, Alloa added a third through Ian Flannigan. The midfielder smashed Kevin Cawley’s cut back into the roof of the net.
With six minutes of the first half remaining, Matty Henvey handed the young Dees a lifeline. The striker curled the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.
Scotland went into their last group stage game of the Toulon Tournament knowing that a win against a solid Indonesia side would all but secure entry into the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time since 1994. Despite the underdogs taking the lead through Hanis Saghara Putra, Archie Gemmill’s side found two goals courtesy of Rangers striker Ryan Hardie to set up a semi-final clash against arch rivals England.
Scotland controlled the early proceedings of the game, as expected, and were inches way from a dream start in the 8th minute. After a lovely through ball, Aiden Nesbitt found himself through on goal with just Muahammad Riyandi in the Indonesian goal to beat, but his effort struck the post and was cleared.
Craig Wighton was next to come close for the favourites midway through the first half after he was able to round Riyandi and find an angle to shoot, unfortunately for him though, the angle was too tight and he could only find the side netting.
The first goal only looked like a matter of Scotland, but in the 24th minute, it didn’t come the way they were expecting.
After some questionable defending where Scotland failed to clear their lines, Putra Saghara was onto the loose ball in a flash and managed to steer a low shot beyond the grasp of Jack Ruddy to put Scotland’s chances of group qualification in peril. A real shock was on the cards.
Hardie came close to levelling the scores instantly as he got past Riyandi, but his strike was placed wide of the post.
In the 33rd minute Hardie – who had a loan spell at Raith Rovers lasts season – went one better. On the edge of the box, it seemed as if a shooting chance was unlikely, but Hardie thought otherwise, as he curled an effort right into the top corner well beyond the reach of Riyandi to level the scoring. Despite being slightly shocked by the goal, Scotland were able to hit back with the perfect response.
The score could have swung in the Scots favour barely a minute before half-time as Wighton did his best to imitate his striker partner and curled a decent effort from just outside the box, but Riyandi – not for the first time – was alert to produce an acrobatic save, before parrying away a solid shot from Adam Frizzell.
Moorlands were crowned champions yet again on Sunday after beating Hamilton BC 4-0 to secure their third cup in three weeks.
You could tell from an early stage that Moorlands were raring for the final and it didn’t take them long to register their first chance as on the second minute tricky winger Aaron McNeil cut in on the inside to beat one defender and curled in a sizzling shot which was saved by Accies goalkeeper Kevin Craw.
Shortly after that, Moorlands had a header bounce of the post after a cross in was knocked back into the six-yard box by Logan Jackson.
Ten minutes later, Moorlands right back Aiden McElhinney raced away from deep in his own half, shrugging of a challenge from an oncoming Hamilton defender and provided a fantastic cross into the box, giving Michael Clarke one of the easiest goals he’ll ever score. And with that Moorlands took a deserved 1-0 lead in the CKDYL Knockout Cup Final.
Despite being a goal down, Accies made some threatening attacks. One of these coming from Sean McGuiness after he made a great run down the left wing ,but was consequently brought down by Adam Berry. The resulting free kick was fired straight into the keeper.
On the 32nd minute it was time for McNeil to create another chance and that’s what he did when he passed the ball to Jack Caldwell who fired a righted footed shot from around 25 yards out on target. However yet again, Craw was on hand to keep Hamilton in the game by making a diving save to his right.
Although Hamilton could not restrain their opposition any longer as from the resulting corner, Moorlands doubled their advantage. An in-swinging corner from McNeil was met with a diving header from McElhinney who turned provider to goal-scorer and gave his side a two goal cushion with just over ten minutes of the half to play.
Hamilton did have a couple of chances before the end of the first half to get one back. The first came when McNeil’s pass back to keeper Graeme Milne was far too short, giving Stuart McIntyre the chance to shoot towards an open, however he was foiled by Berry.
Following this, some good link up play between John Rowan, Dean Burton and McIntyre looked promising for Hamilton, unfortunately this good play went unaccounted for as the linesman ruled Rowan to be offside and with that the referee blew for half time.