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Celtic victorious over Sheffield in Denis Law tournament

Celtic 5

Archibald 9, Miller 16 McKenna 27, Quinn 63, 72

Sheffield United 0

  • Saturday, 19 July 2014
  • Aberdeen Sports Village
  • Under 16´s
  • Denis Law Tournament

Grant Ross | YFS East Region Journalist
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Celtic gained the psychological advantage over Sheffield United ahead of Sunday’s final. The hoops scored five without reply in the math between the two confirmed finalists. Goals from Archibald and McKenna either side of a Miller penalty put Celtic three up at half time. An Aiden Quinn double after the break gave a strong Celtic team the victory.
 
Celitc’s first came early in the first half Miller’s shot from the centre of the box was parried away by Josh Perryman but Archibald was lurking to fire in the rebound.
 
Miller was again prevented from scoring with a Tyler Bates tackle preventing Miller going beyond the defence.
 
Celtic wasted no time grabbing a second goal. When Archibald’s shot collided with the arm of Bates Celtic were awarded a penalty. Miller stepped up and placed the ball low into the left hand corner of the goal. Perryman got his hand to the ball but couldn’t prevent it crossing the line.
 
Celtic had most of the play in the early stages passing the ball quickly and putting lots of dangerous crosses into the box. Sheffield United’s attacks were largely long balls up the field.
 
Rory Currie then cut the ball back accurately into the path of McKenna who calmly placed the ball in the net from a couple of yards outside of the six yard box.
 
Sheffield United then had a chance for a goal. Nandala Muyakwa attempted an overhead kick after a free kick from the wing. Joseph Cummings attempted to get onto the ball and was in a promising position but was ruled offside.
 
The half was coloured by Celtic pressing and moving the ball well around the midfield creating chances and being very clinical in front of goal. Sheffield’s opportunities were limited by organised Celtic defending.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic
  • 3-0
  • Sheffield United
Reegan Slater ran into the Celtic half early in the second period and was looking to get into the by-line before he was shepherded out by Brandon Payne.
 
Celtic’s first opportunity of the half came from a corner. Innes Murray took the kick which Dan Higgins headed back across the danger zone and Aiden Quinn’s shot from point blank range was dealt with brilliantly by Perryman.
 
Perry man was back in action shortly later. Currie was through on goal and his low shot was parried away by Perryman who recovered to block Quinn’s point blank rebound with his feet.
 
Muyakwa and Jake Ford then put together a great passing move up the wing and gave Frank Koroma a good ball to run onto but the ball rolled out for a throw.
 
The early exchanges were again in Celtic’s favour carving out plenty of chances but Perryman was in inspired form. Sheffield were holding on to the ball well when they had it and were able to advance up the field with quick passing movements.
 
Perryman demonstrated his class again keeping out McKenna who got a foot to the ball within the six yard box after a Murray corner kick.
 
But Celtic did manage to get the ball around Perryman in the second half. Murray evaded a tackle by Perryman who had charged out of his goal. He laid the ball off for Quinn who had no problem finishing into the empty net.
 
Sheffield then attacked through Koroma almost running through on goal but Higgins was there to put the ball out for a throw in.
 
Henry Pedler of Sheffield United prevented Currie putting the ball into the box for Celtic.
 
But Celtic were not to be denied a fifth goal for long a McKenna shot was parried by Perryman and Quinn was lurking to convert his second and Celtic’s fifth.
 
A quick passing movement gave Sheffield United the last attempt of the game with Koroma eventually volleying over from twenty two yards.
 
Overall Celtic dominated the game giving Sheffield United very little opportunity to pass the ball around and work the ball into a good position to shoot. Celtic’s shots had to be very good to beat an inspired Perryman. They ran into spaces well to give themselves the best chances to score.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic
  • 5-0
  • Sheffield United

Lineups

Celtic
Sheffield United
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. Josh Perryman
2. Tom Charlesworth
3. Alex Brown
4. Harry Mitchell
5. Joseph Cummings
6. Callum Semple
7. Jordan Hallam
8. Frank Koroma
9. Keegan Burton
10. Tyler Smith
11. Tyler Bates
12. Jake Ford
13. Dylan Parkin
14. Reegan Slater
15. Nandala Muyakwa
16. Henry Pedler
17. Oliver Greaves
18. Harvey Gilmour
Star Player
Celtic
Sheffield United
Rory Currie was always putting dangerous balls into the box which the Celtic forwards latched onto to force saves and blocks from Sheffield's defenders
Nandala Muyakwa passed the ball well when he could and did produce Sheffield United's closest attempt
Magic Moment
Celtic
Sheffield United
Rory Currie's cut back was so accurate in the build up to Celtic's third and the shot itself was well placed away from the goalkeeper.
Josh Perryman's two saves in succession were impressive the first save was impressive on its own but to get his feet to the rebound was spectacular.
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