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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.
Saturday, 19 July 2014 18:15

Dundee end Lewis dream with last minute strike

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It was do or die at Kings Playing Fields when Dundee played Juvenile outfit Lewis United. Dundee just had to get something out of the game in order to progress to a 3rd/4th placed play off against Aberdeen, whereas three points were a must for Lewis.
A strong crowd came out for the game and it was a shame that the weather didn't improve for this contest. Josh Milne thought he had given United a crucial victory with 5 minutes still to play, however a long range strike from Cameron Tough made sure the Dees survived for another day. 
Dundee had the first chance of the match. A short pass from Max Avolio found Adam Brown who skipped his way past Lewis skipper before his effort hit the post and out for an United goal-kick. 
The Aberdeen side then had a go at Dundee with the ambition of getting the first goal. One chance of note was a throw-in taken quickly which resulted in an exchange of passes before the ball came to Richard Binnie who laid it off to Marc Lawrence. His 25 yard drive though went just wide of the left hand post. 
Lewis needed a player who would put some accurate deliveries into the box and they had to look no further than Callum Youngson. He delivered in a great corner from the right hand side which was met by Marc Lawrence at the back post who bundled the ball home.
Sheffield United booked their place in the final of the Denis Law tournament, scoring two goals and conceding one against an organised Dundee side. Sheffield United took control of the match early in the second half with a goal from Frank Koroma. Dundee equalised shortly afterwards through Cameron Tough but Sheffield ran out eventual winners with a Reegan Slater free kick. Dundee did a lot of pressing late in the game but Sheffield held out to put themselves in the final with Celtic.
An early chance for Dundee came when Max Avolio ran into space in the box but was tackled well by Slater and the ball was gathered by Dylan Parkin.
Dundee threatened again through Cameron Tough’s cross to Scott Milne who headed the ball towards goal from the edge of the box and Parkin rose catch the high ball.
Sheffield threatened not long afterwards with a Tom Charlesworth shot, from inside the box, hitting the side netting.
The early tone of the game was one of pressure for Dundee having a lot of possession but unable to break down a resolute Sheffield united defence. Sheffield had looked dangerous on the break but the balls crossed into the box were dealt with by Dundee’s defence.
Sheffield’s Jordan Hallam was next to threaten his shot from inside the box being saved by the feet of Robbie Paterson.
Sheffield had a late chance with Hallam looking dangerous and taking on the Dundee defenders. Hallam was thwarted when he was forced into the path of Greg Warwick who slid in cleverly to clear the Dundee defence of danger.
The first half was largely a tale of two well organised defences communicating well and clearing up attacks before they developed into a clear shot at goal. Sheffield had the majority of the chances passing and keeping the ball well in the midfield. Dundee moved the ball quickly when they went forward.
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:21

Dons and Dundee play out drab draw

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Aberdeen and Dundee played out a dull 0-0 draw on the third day of the Denis Law Tournament 2014.  Chances were at a premium in a fairly even encounter at the sun-drenched King’s Pavilion playing fields.
Dundee were first to threaten in the fourth minute when Liam Fitzsimmons’ low drive from the edge of the box was blocked by a defender.  Aberdeen’s Bruce Anderson then brought a save out of Dundee keeper Robbie Paterson on 11 minutes.
Anderson then looked to be in on goal six minutes later but the keeper pulled off a good stop to deny him.  In the 26th minute a Dons corner fell to Seyon Kosheodo who blasted his shot high over the bar.
Seven minutes before the break Aberdeen won a free kick in a dangerous position but the wall did its job and blocked Jamie Buglass’ effort.  On the stroke half time Alex Gibb almost gave Dundee the lead.  Max Avolio’s ball across goal found Gibb whose shot from close range was stopped by the outstretched leg of keeper David Craddock.
Friday, 18 July 2014 15:17

Hoops win against determined Lewis

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Celtic have made a lightening start to the Denis Law tournament and next standing in their way was Juvenile side Lewis United. Aberdeen had 6 goals shipped past them against the Hoops, however Lewis looked an organised team and can be proud of how they played.
It was a wonderful day at Kings Playing Fields and Celtic started on the ascendency and threatened the Lewis defence with the game only 2 minutes old. However, it came to no avail in the end.
Lewis had a good spell after that and they were just as quick to get into the game. But as you would expect from a top SPFL team, the Bhoys were very organised and showed their defensive prowess from earlier rounds.
Celtic took the lead in the 15th minute. A good ball was swept from the midfield into Innes Murray out on the right hand side. Murray then got past the Lewis defence before swinging the ball into a dangerous area which was met by Aidan Quinn who opened the scoring with a tap-in.
You imagine the night before this game the Lewis players would have been dreaming of getting a golden chance and sticking the ball in the back of the net. Craig Mackie almost turned dream into reality. The forward capitalised on a mistake from a Celtic defender before setting his sight on goal. However, the forward's 20 yard effort struck off the crossbar and over for a goal-kick.
The Glasgow side made Lewis pay by scoring their second before half time. Murray got into a wide position again and caused more havoc among the United defence after he delivered another good ball into the box which was fired into the bottom left hand corner by Ross Nally.
Sheffield United carried on their winning start to the 2014 Denis Law Tournament. They scored four without reply against a strong Lewis United side who had their chances and were denied by a first half clearance off of the line and then the woodwork late in the game. Sheffield found themselves two up at half time through Harry Mitchell and Jordan Hallam. Two more after the break both from Harvey Gilmour settled the game in Sheffield United’s favour.
Lewis United’s Morgan Cook was called into action early on. Keegan Burton ran through on goal and Cook did well to save at Burton’s feet with the ball forced out for a corner.
A free kick on the edge of the box then gave Lewis the chance to threaten. Dylan Leslie took the free kick and Dylan Parkin rose well to punch the ball clear of danger.
Sheffield’s first arrived not long afterwards when Gilmour headed the ball into the path of Mitchell. Mitchell then placed the ball brilliantly low and into the corner leaving Cook little chance.
Shortly afterwards Hallam controlled the ball well in the box and slotted an accurate ball into the corner of the goal to give Sheffield United a two goal advantage.
Sheffield United had the bulk of the early chances and forced a lot of corners. Lewis United, meanwhile, looked dangerous when they did get forward.
A flurry of action saw a low Alex Brown cross poked towards goal by Frank Koroma which was saved by Cook’s feet. Follow up shots by Burton and Tyler Bates were blocked away. The loose ball picked up by Barry Smith was passed up field to Lewis Masson who tapped it to Drew Canale. Canale then danced between two tackles and shot towards goal. But a sprinting Brown had got back to clear the ball off the line and deny Lewis a goal.
Lewis encouraged by this did the bulk of the pressing in the rest of the half but couldn’t create any more clear chances and Sheffield’s breaks were dealt with before they got into the danger area.
Friday, 18 July 2014 10:05

Celtic win in style over Aberdeen

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Celtic got their Denis Law tournament campaign off to a great start on Wednesday with a convincing 3-0 win over Dundee. The Bhoys put in an even better display against the Dons at Aberdeen Sports Village to record a 6-0 win. Celtic manager Tommy McIntyre will be pleased with how they got on the ball and attacked at the Aberdeen defence.
This was a re-match of last years final with Celtic coming out on top. Celtic had all 1998 birthdays in their team with Aberdeen having a younger team. Celtic got out of the traps early and got off to a great start after two minutes. A great ball in by Innes Murray was met by Calvin Miller who was at the right place at the right time to open the scoring. 
The Glasgow side looked very dangerous whenever they got on the ball and nearly made it two just a couple of minutes later. Another great ball came into the six yard area by Murray which was this time met by Theo Archibald whose effort just went inches wide of the left hand post. 
In the 18th minute, Celtic doubled their advantage, a great corner was swung in from the left hand side from Mark Hill who wonderfully picked up Josh Kerr who ran free of the Aberdeen defence and headered home. It was a goal that came straight off the training ground.
Celtic were out for more and then thought they made it 3-0 after an Innes Murray ball found Regan Hendry however he was just caught out by the linesman's flag.
Last year’s Denis Law Tournament runners-up, Aberdeen, fell to a 1-0 defeat in their opening fixture this time round.  Sheffield United beat the Dons in controversial circumstances, with the winning goal coming from a player who may have lucky to still be on the pitch.
Aberdeen threatened first when Bruce Anderson played a great ball through to Connor McLennan who hit the target but couldn’t beat the keeper.  The Dons went close again in the 11th minute.  Seyon Kosheodo showed good strength to hold off a defender in the box before finding McLennan who dragged his shot wide.
Kosheodo was involved again on 17 minutes, breaking down the left wing at pace before blasting his shot over the bar.  Three minutes later a Sheffield United free kick sparked chaos in the Aberdeen box.  The ball in found Keegan Burton whose shot was parried by Reece Willison and eventually scrambled clear after a goal-mouth stramash.
The English side had another chance a minute later when Dylan Parkin tried his luck from the edge of the box but Willison made the save.
Aberdeen then had two goals disallowed for offside in the space of three minutes, and United almost took the lead in between the two incidents.  Frank Koroma raced away down the left and skipped over the challenge from the keeper as he rushed out of his goal.  The danger-man though could only hit the side-netting from a tight angle.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 03:11

Dons take points in local Denis Law clash

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Aberdeen took the points in their second game of the 2014 Denis Law tournament beating local team Lewis United who were kicking off their campaign. Bruce Anderson scored two before Jamie Buglass rounded out the scoring for Aberdeen. A late Lewis United surge produced a Josh Milne goal but it was not enough to overcome the advantage Aberdeen had built up.
The first chance of the match went to Aberdeen when Buglass crossed for Connor McLennan who put the ball narrowly wide.
Shortly after, Lewis United’s Dylan Leslie was prevented from crossing the ball by a well-timed Darren Hynes tackle.
The ball was then won well for Lewis United by Richard Binnie who set up Callum Youngson to cross and Leslie connected well on the volley. His shot went just past the post.
The opening exchanges were characterised by lots of possession for Lewis United and Aberdeen getting forward quickly when they had the chance. Both defences dealt well with attacks by their opponents.
Around the mid-point in the half Owen Purdie of Lewis United worked himself into space on the edge of the box and his shot was only slightly high of the target.
Buglass then forced a save from Lewis keeper Morgan Cook, who held onto the ball well from the powerful shot unleashed just inside the box.
Aberdeen then tried the spectacular when MacLennan’s overhead kick drifted wide the cross had come from an Andrew Youngson corner kick and the first half was destined to end goalless.
The story of the half was that two organised defences prevented either side from carving out a clear opportunity to score.
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.