Scotland beat Auld Enemy to top Cententary Shield table
- Friday, 23 March 2018
- Bootham Crescent, York
- Under 18´s
- Centenary Shield
- Half Time:
The second half started a lot like the first half. Not a lot of chances but England were having the bulk of the ball and Scotland defending very well by limiting the quality of chances that the English were having.
Scotland had the first real chance of the second half and it was a free header from Aiden Kemp but it was just wide. It as agonisingly close to giving Scotland a vital two goal cushion.
Scotland continued to frustrate England and that frustration was shown as Pike was shown a straight red for a very poor challenge on Nathan Fell. He left the referee with no choice but to show the red card and that left England with a mountain to climb as at this point. A goal down and a man down. Scotland knew the victory was within sight, but had no room for complacency.
Jack Butler then had England's best opportunity of the match as he got on the end of a wonderfully crossed ball in but his header was too high. It was the first defensive lapse for the visitors, but luckily it wasn't punished.
Scotland then sealed the game with a wonderful strike from Fell. He picked the ball up on the edge of the 18 yard box and curled it into the far corner. The keeper was left with no chance.
That late goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of England and Scotland comfortably negotiated the closing stages. The final whistle blew and the Scottish players and traveling support celebrated a famous victory.
The way the fixtures have panned out, Scotland now play the waiting game for the next few weeks and will go into their final two matches knowing exactly what is required to take the Centenary Shield north of the border. England and Northern Ireland will wrap up their fixtures before the Scots kick another ball. Then the final two games of the campaign see Scotland travel to Ireland on Thursday 12th April and a week later they host Wales at Queen of the South.
- Full Time:
- Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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