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Harkin screamer clinches Forfar Boys Jean Pierre Babin Cup

Celtic Boys 1

Madugu (p) 32

Forfar Boys 2

Platt 6, Harkin 54
  • Sunday, 21 April 2019
  • North End Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Jean Pierre Babin Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Jay Harkin’s wondergoal clinched Forfar Boys the Jean Pierre Babin Cup against Celtic Boys.

Mathew Platt gave Forfar an early lead, but Celtic drew level when Imran Madugu scored from the penalty spot, before Harkin smashed in the winner from 30 yards.

Forfar came into the game with two wins against Celtic from their two league meetings, and they had the first chance of the game when Mathew Platt hit a volley from a tight angle narrowly wide of the post.

Platt would be the source of Forfar’s first goal after six minutes when he latched onto Jack Soutar’s pass and slotted the ball past Callum Angus from 10 yards.

Despite going behind, it was Celtic that were seeing most of the ball, however, they failed to ask any serious questions of Forfar keeper Kyle Shand.

Celtic’s defence switched off on 16 minutes with Platt given time and space 20 yards from goal, but the Forfar goal scorer hit the ball over the bar.

Only a goal-line clearance from Ben Cormie at a corner stopped Celtic drawing level as they continued to dominate the first half proceedings.

Dorian Ziozkolski tried to head home from close range, only to see his header knocked over by Jay Harkin, before a long ball was knocked down into Christopher Gorrie inside the Forfar box, but the Celtic defender could only drag the ball wide.

Gorrie nearly produced the equaliser in spectacular fashion as his overhit cross was tipped round the post by the retreating Shand.

Celtic were given the perfect chance to equalise when James Downie was downed by Jake Fletcher in the box. Imran Madugu stepped up and rolled the resulting penalty down the middle of the goal to draw Celtic level.

  • Half Time:
  • Celtic Boys
  • 1-1
  • Forfar Boys

Igor Zinko saw a free kick kept out by Shand early in the second half before Angus kept out Max Brown’s low drive.

With 14 minutes of the second half played, Forfar took the lead in spectacular fashion. Harkin brought the ball out of the Forfar defence, and despite being dispossessed by Downie, the ball was played back to the defender who smacked a strike over Angus from all of 30 yards.

Cormie went close to adding to Forfar’s lead when his overhit cross caught out Angus and hit the crossbar. Owen Edward was on hand for Forfar but couldn’t force the ball in.

Celtic continued to probe but clear-cut chances were at a premium. Zinko teed up Greig at the edge of the box but he saw his low strike tipped round the post by Shand.

The resulting corner was once again cleared off the line by Cormie, as Forfar held on to their slender advantage.

With time against them, Celtic continued to throw everything into the Forfar box, but the Angus side stood firm. In the fifth minute of injury time, the ball fell for Connor Carling at the edge of the box, but his low strike was tipped around the post by Shand, as Forfar held on to win the cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Celtic Boys
  • 1-2
  • Forfar Boys


Celtic Boys
Forfar Boys
1. Callum Angus
2. Nairn Greig
3. Christopher Gorrie
4. Dorian Ziozkolski
6. James Downie
8. Connor Carling
10. Campbell Stevenson
11. Arron Cumming
12. Imran Madugu
15. James McDonald
16. Igor Zinko
17. Ben Barclay
18. Luca Snee
20. Joe Wallace
21. Jayden Lumsden
22. Evin Stewart
1. Kyle Shand
2. Ben Cormie
3. Jake Fletcher
4. Owen Edward
5. Rowan Waddle
6. Ben Wilson
7. Mathew Platt
8. Max Brown
9. Jack Soutar
10. Kieran Kelly
11. Louie McKay
12. Jay Harkin
13. Cameron Tracey
15. Sean Munro
16. Alexander Fotheringham
Star Player
Celtic Boys
Forfar Boys
Christopher Gorrie - Worked hard down the right flank all game long and was unlucky not to find the net.
Kyle Shand - The Forfar stopper showed why he is so highly thought of with a string of stunning match winning saves throughout the 80 minutes. A top performance.
Magic Moment
Celtic Boys
Forfar Boys
Madugu's Goal - The Celtic striker made no mistake with his spot kick and deservedly drew his side level in the first half.
Harkin's Goal - Harkin produced a stunning strike worthy of winning any game of football when his side needed it most.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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