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Celtic put down early marker in Denis Law Tournament

Celtic FC 3

Quinn 21. Currie 27, 56

Dundee FC 0

  • Wednesday, 16 July 2014
  • Kings College Pitch 2
  • Under 16´s
  • Denis Law Tournament - Group Stage

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Celtic’s under 17 side won the Denis Law Tournament in 2013 and their under 16 side made a strong start to the 2014 tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dundee. Celtic’s Aidan Quinn netted the all important opening goal midway through the first half and wide man Rory Currie scored two to wrap up an impressive start to this year’s tournament for Celtic. 
 
The 3-0 victory sends Celtic to the submit after the other game in the group which was played on the pitch adjacent to this one saw Sheffield United overcome Aberdeen 1-0. Celtic’s under 17 team beat Dundee on the way to winning the tournament last year and this under 16 side will be hoping that is a good omen. 
 
The Glasgow team started the match in the ascendancy and had Dundee camped in their own half for large parts of the first half. Despite that, they struggled to break down a well organised, stubborn and plucky Dundee side. The dark blues started the match in a 4-5-1 formation with the aim of being hard to beat. To their credit, they tried to pass the ball out from the back but often lacked an outlet upfront to turn defence into attack. 
 
Celtic were using the width of the pitch in their attempt to breakdown Dundee and right winger Rory Currie was lively throughout. And it was up the right wing where Celtic created the goal their performance had merited. 
 
Dundee’s Alex Gibb attempt to chaperone the ball out of play was thwarted by Celtic’s Anthony Ralston who nicked the ball off him and squared for Aidan Quinn who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the net from four yards. Gibb protested that the ball had rolled out of play but with the benefit of a replay, it appears the linesman made the correct decision.
 
Celtic would have been delighted with their opening goal and would have hoped that it would result in more space and gaps to exploit. They doubled their lead five minutes later when Currie cut in from the right, escaped a challenge and fired high into the goal past goalkeeper Robbie Paterson from 14 yards. 
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 2-0
  • Dundee FC
Whatever the Dundee manager said at half time worked because his team made an excellent start to the second period, putting pressure on Celtic for the first time in the match. And they were nearly rewarded for that great start with a goal back. 
 
Dundee’s Max Avolio beat one man on the edge of the box, shimmied past two defenders in the penalty area leaving them on the floor and shot from 10 yards but unfortunately for him and Dundee it was straight into the grateful hands of Conor Hazard. 
 
That chance shook Celtic back into action and they all-but secured victory with a third goal. An in-swinging cross from the right was swept home by the unmarked Currie from six yards. 
 
Dundee nearly grabbed a consolation goal late on when a superb pass by midfielder Ryan Lamond was met by substitute Adam Brown but his touch put him wide of the goal and his shot could only find the side-netting.
 
The Bhoys nearly topped off their opening day victory with a screamer from captain and centre back Dan Higgins. He picked the ball up and let fly from 30 yards and his effort cannoned off the crossbar and back out away from danger. 
 
Celtic play Aberdeen next at 5pm at the Aberdeen Sports Village on Thursday 17th July. While Dundee don’t play again until Friday the 18th, when they too face Aberdeen at Kings Pitch 1 at midday. 
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 3-0
  • Dundee FC

Lineups

Celtic FC
Dundee FC

1. Ross Doohan
2. Anthony Ralston
3. Blair Kidd
4. Dan Higgins
5. Josh Kerr
6. Mark Hill
7. Innes Murray
8. Brandon Payne
9. Calvin Miller
10. Regan Hendry
11. Theo Archibald 
12. Jack Mooney
13. Conor Hazard
14. Ciaran McKenna
15. Scott Hay
16. Rory Currie
17. Aidan Quinn
18. Ross Nally

1. Robbie Paterson
2. Greg Warwick
3. Liam Gibb
4. Kerr Waddell
5. Josh Moncrieff
6. Ryan Lamond
7. Max Avolio
8. Ross Cunningham
9. Scott Milne
10. Alex Gibb
11. Lloyd Spowart
12. David Beattie
13. Josh McKenzie
14. Ben Mooney
15. Owen Dixon
16. Cameron Tough
17. Adam Brown
18. Liam Fitzsimmons
19. Bailey Steele

Star Player
Celtic FC
Dundee FC
Celtic’s Rory Currie was a constant danger to Dundee, particularly in the first half. His direct stye of play committed defenders and supplied numerous crosses to the strikers in dangerous areas. He faded slightly in the second half after switching wings but still ended the game with two goals.
Right back Greg Warwick produced a throughly accomplished performance for his team. He was solid defensively, often turning balls behind corners at the back past from dangerous crosses by Currie. But he was also equally good going forward and made space for his teammates with his runs into the oppositions half.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Dundee FC
When captain and defender Dan Higgins smashed the crossbar from 30 yards near the end of the match, it would have been the cherry on top of the cake for Celtic and their good opening day victory.
When Max Avolio mazed his way past three or four opponents to earn himself time and space in the penalty area, and a shot from 10 yards. If his shot had gone in it would have been an outstanding solo goal.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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