Scotland under 19s produced a fantastic victory at Firhill against Germany which sees them finish top of group three. A solitary goal from Josh McPake at the end of the first half was enough for the under 19s to progress to the next stage of qualifying as they look to book a place at the 2020 UEFA Euro Under 19s Championship.
A cagey start from both teams saw Germany have more possession in the opening stages, however none of their chances honestly threatened the Scotland goal early on.
As Germany continued to press they saw a Leon Dajaku shot blocked before Lazar Samardzic headed from in the box, however 6'6" Archie Mair collected easily. Scotland begun to come into the game more with good balls in from Josh McPake and Harrison Ashby, however the German defence had things covered.
Things heated up after a brief scuffle after a challenge between Chris Hamilton and Leon Dajaku, with both players ending up in the referees book. However both teams continued to struggle to make the breakthrough.
That was until just before half time, when Josh McPake slotted home a fantastically worked play for Scotland. A free kick which was cleared came to Dean Campbell just outside the box who played a beautiful reverse ball past the German defence to the feet of McPake.
The hard work wasn't finished however as McPake sized past Dynamo Dresden defender Kevin Ehlers, before deceiving the goalkeeper and shooting from a tight angle to open the scoring. The goal marked McPake's first goal for the under 19s, with the Rangers youth player currently on loan at Dundee shining throughout qualifying so far.