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Zinko strikes late to sink Kirrie

Celtic Boys 1

Zinko 80+1

Kirrie Thistle 0

  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018
  • Lochee Park
  • Under 15´s
  • G Taylor League

Andrew Creegan

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An injury time goal from Igor Zinko handed Celtic Boys a valuable three points against title rivals Kirrie Thistle.

Both sides had made contrasting starts to the season, with two late goals denying Kirrie a win against neighbours Forfar Boys, while Celtic had started with three wins and three clean sheets.

It was the hosts that had the first chance of the game through Christopher Gorrie, who fired wide from 20 yards in the opening minutes.

Celtic were creating the better of the chances in the opening stages, and a goal line clearance from Robbie Waddell denied Dorian Ziozkolski the opening goal. The big striker was denied by Archie McLean shortly after when the ball broke to him in the box.

Kirrie’s first real chance came from a corner, when the ball dropped for Dagan Bell, but his effort was blocked, as was Logan Richardson’s follow up attempt.

James Downie tested McLean with a curling strike from the edge of the box, but the Kirrie keeper managed to tip the ball round the post.

  • Half Time:
  • Celtic Boys
  • 0-0
  • Kirrie Thistle

Igor Zinko saw a swirling free kick from the left clawed over by McLean as Celtic started the second half on the offensive.

Ziozkolski powered into the box 10 minutes after the restart as Celtic pushed for the opener but could only shoot into the side netting.

Jake Kettles had a chance for Kirrie with a free kick from 25 yards but didn’t trouble Callum Angus as he curled the ball over the bar.

With the game heading for an unlikely 0-0 draw, Celtic launched a free kick into the Kirrie box. The ball fell for Zinko, who swept the ball home from the edge of the box to win the game for Celtic.

  • Full Time:
  • Celtic Boys
  • 1-0
  • Kirrie Thistle


Celtic Boys
Kirrie Thistle
1. Callum Angus
2. Nairn Greig
3. Christopher Gorrie
4. Dorian Ziozkolski
6. James Downie
8. Connor Carling
10. Campbell Stevenson
11. Arron Cumming
15. James McDonald
16. Igor Zinko
17. Ben Barclay
18. Luca Snee
20. Joe Wallace
21. Jayden Lumsden
22. Evin Stewart
1. Archie McLean
2. Dagan Bell
3. Connor Smeaton
4. Keir Balfour
5. Cammy Simpson
6. Logan Richardson
7. Jake Kettles
8. Kian Martin
10. Robbie Waddell
11. Sam Ellis
12. Blair Quinn
15. Rory Davidson
17. Zak Innes
18. Thomas Duffy
19. Bradley Milne
Star Player
Celtic Boys
Kirrie Thistle
James Downie - Downie was full of drive throughout the match, and was only denied a goal by the on form McLean.
Archie McLean - The Kirrie keeper pulled of several fine saves throughout the match to keep Celtic at bay.
Magic Moment
Celtic Boys
Kirrie Thistle
Zinko's Goal - Not the cleanest shot the Celtic man will have hit in his career, but it secured a valuable three points.
McLean's Save from Downie - The keeper was at full stretch when he tipped Downie's curling strike round the post to keep the score level.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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