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McDaid 42
Hippolyte-Patrick 7, 54
Gilroy 66


U18 Centenary Shield
McDiarmid Park, Perth

By Graham Swann
YFS East Region Reporter
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England Under 18's triumphed against bitter rivals Scotland in this hotly contested schoolboy international in Perth.

A crowd of over 1,000 turned up at St Johnstone's McDiarmid Park for this much anticipated match.

This season hasn't been the best for either of these teams with the campaign producing some rather disappointing results so far. The pressure was on to avoid defeat and be left holding the "wooden spoon".

England created the first clear cut chance of the game after six minutes. The pacy Hippolyte-Patrick burst forward and unleashed a powerful low drive forcing Scotland goalkeeper Truesdale to make a fine save and he pushed the ball behind for a corner.

The visitors were continuing to press and won themselves a penalty a minute later. Scotland defender Jamie Barclay was punished for a shove and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The lively Hippolyte-Patrick stepped up and scored – only to find himself re-taking the spot kick after an infringement from the onrushing players. He made no mistake at the second time of asking firing low into the bottom corner.

The boys in blue thought they had levelled things on 12 minutes but Callum Crane was disappointed to see his effort at the back post ruled out for offside.

England were by far the better team as the half reached the mid way point. In particular, through Hippolyte-Patrick and Nick Haughton up front, they were looking dangerous on the break and continued to put pressure on the Scotland defence.

On the half hour mark, Scotland nearly made it 1-1. England's Lewis Binns intercepted a through ball only for it to fall into the path of Scotland's Crane. He raced into the box but England stopper Tom Gowans did well to race out of his goal and smoother the ball.

Once again the Scots had the ball in the back of the net on 33 minutes but the referee adjudged that there were high feet in the built up to the ball hitting the net.

With three minutes of the half left, Scotland equalised against the run of play to stun England. Declan McDaid made an excellent run forward and fired a great left foot shot into the bottom corner of the net past Gowans.

The sides went in at the break all square despite the visitors having had the better of possession. But for Scotland, there were no complaints.

Half Time: Scotland 1-1 England

Scotland nearly equalised on 53 minutes when McDaid found room inside the penalty box but from a tight angle he blazed the ball over the bar where the better option may have been to swing the ball into the six yard box.

The boys in white were quickly back in front through the impressive Hippolyte-Patrick. He picked up the ball on the right side, ran for the by line, and crossed to Rhys Turner but his effort was deflected behind.

From the resultant corner, a whole host of bodies jumped for the ball. It broke to that man Hippolyte-Patrick who fired the loose ball into the net – 2-1 England.

On the hour mark, Scotland came within a whisker of bringing the game back level for a second time. They won a free kick 25 yards out which Robbie Wotherspoon curled towards the top right corner. However, the ball flew narrowly wide much to England's relief.

The onslaught of pressure from England continued on 64 minutes. The tireless Turner did well to slip the ball to substitute Luke Donaldson who drilled a great low shot which goalkeeper Christopher Truesdale pushed wide.

There's something about England and the figure 66 (perhaps a significant year in their history). After 66 minutes in the match, they made it 3-1. Robert Gilroy made a great run in the box and after having escaped from his marker, slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

Scotland's play continued to see them take a more direct route. Despite their efforts, they were struggling to carve out any clear cut opportunities.

With four minutes of the match remaining, Hippolyte-Patrick could have added a fourth for his team in the game's final piece of action. He found himself unmarked in the box but his header went woefully wide.

This was a decent effort from Scotland who showed signs that they could pose a threat. It was their lack of cutting edge however that was their downfall with them failing to add to McDaid's solitary strike. There is no doubt that England were the better team and deservedly left Perth victorious. Their play for the majority of the game was both dangerous and, crucially, very clinical.

Full time: Scotland 1-3 England

Scotland England
1. Christopher Truesdale
2. Lee Hamilton
3. Robbie Wotherspoon
4. Scott McKenna
5. Stuart Close (Captain)
6. Chris Hendrie
7. Declan McDaid
8. Jamie Barclay
9. Gavin Thomson
10. Callum Crane
11. Lee Davidson
12. Richie Petrie
14. Craig Neil
15. Daniel McDonald
16. Michael Dunn
17. Kyle Brown
18. Scott Fullerton
19. Aaron Splain
17. Tom Gowans
1. Michael Pearce
2. Curtis Gayler
3. Keiran Morris
4. Gani Nurendeni
5. Lewis Binns
6. Ross Bailey
7. Ryan Fergany
8. Robert Gilroy (Captain)
10. Rhys Turner
11. Luke Donaldson
12. Conor McCormack
14. Duca Ombeni
15. Michael Smith
16. Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick

Callum Crane was very lively and was impressive in his attempts to win the ball and set up attacks for Scotland.

Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick was the most dangerous man on the park and caused the Scotland defence a whole host of problems with his pace and tricky footwork. he was deserving of his two goals
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