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Scotland beat Auld Enemy to top Cententary Shield table

England 0

Scotland 2

Mackay 19, Fell 90+2
  • Friday, 23 March 2018
  • Bootham Crescent, York
  • Under 18´s
  • Centenary Shield
Scotland's Under 18 schoolboys traveled to York City to face their English counterparts in the second matchday of the Centenary Shield. The Scots produced a magnificent display, with a goal in each half to record a 2-0 win over their English counterparts. The victory over England was Scotland's first since 2011, when the Scots were joint winners of the competition. And you'd need to go back to the year 2000 for Scotland's last win on English soil, when they triumphed 1-0 at Bradford City.
Danny Mackay gave Scotland the lead after missing a penalty in what was a tight first half of football which saw little in the way of chances. England were left with a mountain to climb after Cormac Pike was sent off for a poor challenge on Nathan Fell. And it was Fell who sealed the game for the Scots who scored a sumptuous shot into the far corner 
Both sides were locked on a single point ahead of kick-off, having played out 0-0 draws in their opening matches. Scotland's came in a home match against Northern Ireland, whereas reigning champions England had fared equally when they hosted Republic of Ireland. Thanks to their previous victory over Wales, Ireland led the table with 4 points. Joining them was the prize for the winner of Friday night's match.
England started the better of the two sides as they put the Scotland back line under lots of early pressure. The home side should have taken the lead when Adam McCrowther headed over the bar from a corner, but he couldn't find the target.
The game died down a bit after that with not a lot of chances but England having the bulk of the possession and Scotland doing well defensively, limiting them to very few shots.
Scotland then had a great chance to take the lead after Mackay was fouled by Ethan Brooks. The ref pointed to the spot and Mackay dusted himself down, but couldn't find a way past Callum Coulter from the subsequent penalty. 
However, Scotland and Mackay's disappointment didn't last long. Seconds later the opening goal came and Mackay was able to make up for his penalty miss. It was a wonderfully whipped in cross from McKeown and the Millburn Academy man was there to head it in at the back post.
England came very close to equalising just minutes after falling behind and it came after Cieran Jackson fizzed the ball at King Baidoo but his touch was too heavy and he eventually  it into the side netting.
The hosts were again extremely close to levelling as a wonderfully timed ball into the box from Sam McCallum was  inches away from the toe of Harvey Howell. It proved to be the final penalty box action of the half, as Scotland kept their lead intact.
  • Half Time:
  • England
  • 0-1
  • Scotland

The second half started a lot like the first half. Not a lot of chances but England were having the bulk of the ball and Scotland defending very well by limiting the quality of chances that the English were having.

Scotland had the first real chance of the second half and it was a free header from Aiden Kemp but it was just wide. It as agonisingly close to giving Scotland a vital two goal cushion.

Scotland continued to frustrate England and that frustration was shown as Pike was shown a straight red for a very poor challenge on Nathan Fell. He left the referee with no choice but to show the red card and that left England with a mountain to climb as at this point. A goal down and a man down. Scotland knew the victory was within sight, but had no room for complacency.

Jack Butler then had England's best opportunity of the match as he got on the end of a wonderfully crossed ball in but his header was too high. It was the first defensive lapse for the visitors, but luckily it wasn't punished.

Scotland then sealed the game with a wonderful strike from Fell. He picked the ball up on the edge of the 18 yard box and curled it into the far corner. The keeper was left with no chance.

That late goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of England and Scotland comfortably negotiated the closing stages. The final whistle blew and the Scottish players and traveling support celebrated a famous victory. 

The way the fixtures have panned out, Scotland now play the waiting game for the next few weeks and will go into their final two matches knowing exactly what is required to take the Centenary Shield north of the border. England and Northern Ireland will wrap up their fixtures before the Scots kick another ball. Then the final two games of the campaign see Scotland travel to Ireland on Thursday 12th April and a week later they host Wales at Queen of the South. 

  • Full Time:
  • England
  • 0-2
  • Scotland


Callum Coulter
Fraser Colling
Sam McCallum
Ethan Brooks
Cormac Pike
Adam Crowther
David Neligwa
King Baidoo
Jack Butler
Robert Deda
Harvey Howell
Noah Smerdon
David Gould
Alex Doyle
Cieran Jackson
Kyle O'Connor-Ajayi
Emmanuel Ogunrinde
Ryan Penny
Elliot Anderson (Douglas Academy)
Nathan Brown (Stewarts Melville College)
Kieran Chalmers (Dingwall Academy)
Cameron Clark (Springburn Academy)
Ryan Connelly (Beath High School)
Fraser Currid (Wallace High School)
Sean Fagan (St Mungo’s High School)
Nathan Fell (All Saints Secondary School)
Jack Hodge (Graeme High)
Aidan Kemp (Wallace High)
Daniel Mackay (Millburn Academy)
Jack Mcdowall (St Ninian’s High Kirkintilloch)
Reece Rintoul (Edinburgh College)
Gavin Scott (Grange Academy)
George Stanger (Dunblane High School)
Declan Walsh (St Ninians High School Giffnock)
Samuel Walker (Stewarts Melville College)
Gavin Watt (Inverclyde Academy)
Star Player
Callum Coulter. Although he did concede two goals, Hhe didn't put a foot wrong all night and he also made a wonderful save from the penalty.
Daniel Mackay. It must have been so difficult for a young man after missing the penalty to step up only seconds later and put your team into the lead. Most players would have hid but he didn't and got fully rewarded with his goal. At the time of writing, he has just played his part in helping Inverness Caledonian Thistle win the Betfred Cup. Talk about dream weekends!
Magic Moment
Even though it didn't lead to a goal it was an absolutely wonderful cross into the box from Sam McCallum. If Harvey Howell had been on his toes then surely that would have been the equaliser.
Nathan Fell's goal. It wrapped up the game and it was some way to do so. He had little time to think about it, he just hit it with such precision and power that it left the keeper rooted to the spot.
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