On a chilly night at a busy Harlaw Park, former West Ham, Manchester City and England star Trevor Sinclair was in town to see his son, Isaac Sinclair, play for England in Inverurie as Scotland schoolboys under 18’s took on their English counterparts in the Centenary Shield International Home Nations Tournament. The Three Lions went back with a 2-0 win over Scotland.
The action started fast, in front of a crowd of over 1500, as in the third minute, England goalkeeper Sam Tickle produced a poor clearance which went straight into the path of Scotland's Lyall Cameron who played a nice one two pass with captain and man of the match Jack Hodge, but his shot flashed left of the keepers goal.
Then in the 8th minute there was a shot across the face of the hosts goal by England's Owen Windsor after a great pass from Isaac Sinclair but nothing was to come of it.
Only two minutes later, in the 10th minute, a free kick after a foul on England’s Rob Melia was taken just right of the box by England's Ben Greenwood into the penalty spot, but the shot was scuffed and out by Rob Melia.
The first goal came after 13 minutes as a long ball forward by Sinclair forced a mistake by the Scottish backline and it came to England's man of the match, Owen Windsor and he took a shot from 18 yards. The shot left Lee Herbert rooted to the spot as it went in off the right post and into the inside of the left hand post side netting.
In the 22nd minute a skillful run from England’s Melia saw Scotland’s Ross Smith clear it out for a corner. The corner was also cleared by Smith. Two minutes later a big penalty claim for England as Sinclair’s tricky run sees him tumble under a strong challenge by Scotland’s Jamie Thompson but no penalty was given.
35 minutes in, a brilliant run from Scotland’s Josh Mulligan saw him run past three defenders and shoot from just inside the D. Unfortunately his drive rattled off of the corner of the bar and post and away to safety.
A second penalty claim for England came right on half time whistle came as once again Sinclair danced through the Scottish defence and looked to have been fouled. Again no penalty given by referee Graham Beaton.