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Scotland take on Spain in the U15 Costa Cálida Supercup

With Spain coming off the back of a 1-0 win against Hong Kong on Tuesday through Jairo
Morilla, they were looking to make it two for two. A win against the Scots would declare
them champions of the competition. With Scotland the fresher of the two teams having not
yet played competitively in the tournament, and with a game against Hong Kong still to
come, they were certainly not going to just hand it over to the Spanish team.

Within three minutes, Spain had won a corner. Rodriguez whipped it in to the front post,
but Stephen Clarke’s side were first to it, putting it out for a second corner. Again, no threat
for the Scots who defended well, and Theo Simpson scooped it up.

Barcelona’s Pesquer was twisting and turning down the left-hand side, but Di Giacomo had
it under control, squeezing the full back out of the pitch and not letting him get ahead of
him; great defending.

The first chance of the game came from Spain in the 12 th minute. A well worked ball from
the left, through the centre and out to the right, found the feet of Iker Fernandez who drove
into the box, cutting it back for Alves who just couldn’t get his body over the ball enough to
keep it down and sent it over the bar.

Seconds later and full of adrenaline, Alves pounced again, putting pressure on the Scotland
goalkeeper Theo Simpson who hesitated, taking one too many touches, but the Spanish
player ultimately put it out for a goal kick.

On the fifteen-minute mark, Scotland’s Goodbrand and Crilly were linking up beautifully
down the left-hand side. A foul on Goodbrand 30 yards from goal allowed the Scots to
regain their composure. Goodbrand immediately put his hand on the ball, playing it out to
his left to Max Cameron who whipped the ball in at speed and Spain’s Mencia stretching to
clear it put the ball in the back of his own net.

The first substitution of the game came just before half time. A strong battle between Oliver
Goodbrand and the Spanish attacker left the captain having to receive treatment on the
park and unable to continue. He was replaced by Motherwell’s Jack Dalziel.

Moments later, Spain’s cross met the feet of Tuesday’s goalscorer Morilla in the 6-yard box
who hit it hard, but Theo Simpson got down low and produced a great block. The rebound
fell to Rodriguez who delivered an outstanding ball into the back post and to Alves who had
his eyes on the prize and headed it into the back of the net. Scotland’s Alfie Hutchison made
it to the goal line to clear the shot, but the referee gave the goal.

Spain came out in the second half raring to go. A challenge on the fresh legs of substitute
Zuk provided them with a free kick on the edge of the centre circle. The ball was popped
around the outside of the pitch two touch before Morilla tapped in Novarro’s cross.

Alfie Hutchison was putting in a shift up front, running on to everything for his teammates.
Scotland’s back four were composed and using the width of the Pinatar Arena pitch to their
advantage, making the Spanish attack work hard.

Shortly before the hour mark Spain’s Jairo Morilla hit a wonderful shot with his left foot 18
yards from goal and into the top left-hand corner.

Goalkeeper Theo Simpson made some outstanding saves this morning, keeping the score
line at 3-1. A very talented player who kept his composure on and off the ball.

It was unfortunate that Scotland didn’t get another goal, with Mpofu pressing high and
getting into the right positions.

Overall, a brilliant battle between two teams full of very young talent.

Full time
Spain 3
Scotland 1

Scotland U15 Men Lineup 
GK 1 Theo Simpson (Aberdeen)
2 Arran McSporran (Hibernian)
3 Oliver Goodbrand (Rangers)
4 Callan Hamill (St Johnstone)
5 Kayden Daly (Celtic)
6 Nathan Meechan (Celtic)
7 Rocco Di Giacomo (Celtic)
8 Aiden Crilly (Rangers)
9 Alfie Hutchison (Hearts)
10 Conor Daly (Celtic)
11 Max Cameron (Rangers)
GK 12 Kerr Reynolds (Hamilton)
13 Sam Mclean (Aberdeen)
14 Jack Dalziel (Motherwell)
15 Harvey Ness (Ipswich)
16 Stanley Wilson (Hearts)
17 Ben Hutton (Rangers)
18 Jamie Forrest (Dundee Utd)
19 Cameron Mpofu (Reading) 1
20 Caelan Cadamarteri (Sheffield Wednesday)

Spain U15 Men Lineup
13 GK Pablo Gonzalez (Granada CF)
3 Jordi Pesquer (FC Barcelona)
4 Mario Diaz (CD Altair)
5 Iker Herrera (Fundacion Valencia)
6 Ian Jonatan Mencia (Athletico Madrid)
7 Luis Navarro (Athletico Madrid)
9 Enzo Alves (Real Madrid CF)
11 Jairo Morilla (Real Betic Balompie)
16 Iker Fernandez (Granada CF)
20 Rene Rodriguez (CD Altair)
1 GK Mikel Bermejo (CA Osasuna)
22 Ares Capatana (CD Leganes)
15 Juan Manuel Borrero (CD Roda)
21 Leo Lemaitre (Real Madrid CF)
12 Oscar Parejo (Athletico Madrid)
14 Joan Ingles (FC Barcelona)
8 Michal Zuk (FC Barcelona)
10 Ebrima Tunkara (FC Barcelona)
17 Byron Mendoza (CD Leganes)
19 Pablo Aparicio (RC Celta De Vigo)
18 Ruslan MBA (FC Barcelona)
24 Raul Andrei Pertea (Real Madrid CF)

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