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Celtic FC Under 19's
Queen of The South Under 19's
Competition: SFA Youth Cup - Final
Venue: Hampden Park
Date: 23/04/2012
Author: James Hunter

If winning the cup wasn’t incentive enough for these Celtic youngsters then surely the debut cameo by fellow youth team player Tony Watt at Motherwell with the senior was enough to put in a performance. Ironically, Watt was suspended for this match having been sent off in the semi-final win over St. Mirren and so was handed a first team substitute role in which he came off the bench and scored twice. A number of these players will undoubtedly get their chance in the coming weeks in the first team with Celtic having already wrapped up the league. 

Some of these players have already made appearances for the first team this season. Dylan McGeouch, Marcus Fraser, Filip Twardzik have all made their debuts in substitute appearances for the first team and will be looking to add to that. Indeed McGeouch came off the bench at Hampden just over a week ago as the senior squad took on Hearts.

Queen of the South’s run to the final has been spectacular, the highlight undoubtedly their stunning extra time semi-final victory over Dundee United, coming from 4-2 down to win 5-4.  They would have been desperate to prove that they weren’t just here to make up the numbers. 

Celtic have previous in this competition having won it the last two years beating Rangers both times. The last, and only time, Queen of the South have been in the Youth Cup final was back in 1986, only the third Cup Final.

Celtic got the game underway and immediately pressed Queen of the South. They raced into the lead with only 2 minutes on the clock. The goal came from a corner that was whipped into far post, the shot was deflected over Jim Atkinson in the Queen's goal onto bar and tapped in by Czech midfielder Filip Twardzik.  Celtic continued their early pressure in a search for a quick second with Twardzik involved again with a good run down the right and his ball across the box just evaded Liam Gormley who was running in. 

Queens were desperate to get a foothold in the match and midfielder Liam Park escaped the attentions of the Celtic defence but his shot was fired straight at Robbie Thomson from a tight angle. Twardzik was very involved in the early proceedings and after Jackson Irvine was fouled by Shaun Handling he headed just wide of the right hand post after an inch perfect ball in from Dylan McGeouch. So close that Celtic fans were celebrating a goal.       

Captain Jackson Irvine was noted in the pre match programme as a player to watch. He also has a bit of a reputation of being a big game player and led his side by example putting in a brilliant first half performance. He doubled Celtic’s lead with a thunderbolt strike inside the box. The corner was taken by Dylan McGeouch and played it low to the unmarked Irvine who blasted the ball high into the goal leaving Atkinson with no chance and almost bursting the net in the process. 

Filip Twardzik how had been having a superb game had to go off with about eight minutes of the first half left with an injury and was replaced by James Alabi.

Dylan McGeouch was another who had been instrumental for Celtic and he got himself on the scoresheet after a mazy run he fired the ball low passed Atkinson with only a few minutes of the first half remaining. Celtic weren’t done for the first half though and won a penalty after Darnell Fisher was felled in the box. Callum McGregor stepped up and smashed it into the right hand corner of the net. Atkinson in the Queen’s goal was unlucky as he got a hand to it but it wasn’t enough as Celtic took a 4-0 lead into half time.

Half Time: Celtic Under 19's 4-0 Queen of the South Under 19's
Celtic had one hand on the cup and realistically it was a lot to expect Queens to be able to score the four goals to get themselves back into the game. As it happened Celtic were just as hungry in the second half as they were in the first. It did however take them a while to get into their stride. Their first chance came from a Queen’s corner. The ball was cleared and Liam Gormley had the chance to break forward with Alabi to his right and McGregor to his left but dallied on the ball and was eventually crowded out by the Queens defence. Celtic were on the ascendancy after this and a great ball in from Dylan McGeouch was met by the head of Liam Gormley whose header crashed off the bar and went over.
A great passing move saw Celtic get their fifth and it was John Herron who finished it with a low finish. This was his fifth goal in as many games and gave Celtic their fifth of the evening.
Celtic were no means finished though and just a minute later Queen of the South were hit for six as Dylan McGeouch bagged his second goal. He picked the ball in the box and had loads of time to steady himself and take it by a Queen’s defender to slot home. The game was well and truly over but Celtic continued to press as they looked to put as many on the board as possible. James Alabi was a constant menace and Queen of the South couldn’t deal with his running power. He set up the seventh goal after bursting down the right channel and putting the ball into the middle meeting Callum McGregor who was sliding it at the back post. 
Queen’s searched for a consolation goal and looked like they might get one. Gavin Reilly did really well to get into the box but when it came to pulling the trigger he slipped and the ball was cleared by the Celtic defence. It summed up Queen’s night which was about to get worse. It was Alabi again who caused the problems for the defence and as he attempted to jink by one of the defenders he was tripped and won Celtic their second penalty of the evening. Alabi wanted to take the penalty however penalty taker, Callum McGregor, who was searching for his hat-trick was having none of it. He stepped up and looked to have had his penalty saved but Atkinson was unfortunate as the ball squirmed just underneath him. McGregor was going to have his hands on the match ball as well as the trophy at the end of the game. 
Celtic fans chanted “we want ten” but in the end eight was more than enough as Celtic secured their third Scottish Youth Cup in three years with a record scoreline and surely these players have put themselves in contention for a first team place with their awesome showing.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Full Time: Celtic FC Under 19's 8-0 Queen of the South Under 19's
Celtic FC Under 19's
Queen of the South Under 19's
1. Robbie Thomson
2. Darnell Fisher
3. Joseph Chalmers
4. Jackson Irvine
5. Curtis Jones
6. Marcus Fraser
7. John Herron
8. Callum McGregor
9. Liam Gormley 
10. Dylan McGeouch
11. Filip Twardzik
12. Lewis Kidd
13. Leonardo Fasan
14. Michael Miller
15. James Alabi
16. Bahrudin Atajic
1. Jim Atkinson
2. Dean Crozier
3. Craig Neill
4. Sean Wilkinson
5. Scott Hooper
6. Patrick Slattery
7. Shaun Handling 
8. Lewis Todd
9. Liam Park
10. Gavin Reilly
11. Dean Smith
12. Ewan Drysdale
14. Joe Young
15. Ross Gray
16. Josh Simpson
17. Robbie Vallance
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James Hunter

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