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Celtic retain Glasgow Cup against Old Firm rivals

Celtic 2

Kerr 73, Hill 75

Rangers 0

  • Tuesday, 28 April 2015
  • Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • Under 17´s
  • Glasgow Cup

Celtic under-17s were victorious in the Glasgow City Cup final following a 2-0 win over rivals Rangers at Hampden Park. Goals from Josh Kerr and Mark Hill sealed the win for the Bhoys in what is their second consecutive Glasgow Cup win.

The match was played in front of a crowd of just under two thousand who were thoroughly entertained by what the youth players had to offer.

Rangers started the brighter side and were quickly awarded a free kick on the half way line. Jack Thomson stepped up and provided a deep cross to the back post but Ross McCrorie sent his header wide of the goal.

Sam Jamieson had been looking lively since the start of the match and his quality was shown when he stormed away from several Celtic defenders before being halted by Anthony Ralston just inside the box – this was a warning sign for Celtic who struggled to deal with Jamieson’s pace.

Celtic then had the chance of the half so far; after some nice interplay, Rory Currie played through captain Regan Hendry but the midfielder’s shot was well saved and the ball was cleared.

A few moments later, Celtic’s Calvin Millar thought he had put the Bhoys ahead; He beat his marker, cut inside and hit a strong shot towards goal – the ball looked destined for the top corner but it just crept wide.

Rory Currie then thought he was through but a great challenge from McCrorie denied Celtic a certain goal. As a result of the challenge the ball fell to Hendry but his low shot just missed the bottom right hand corner.

The referee then brought a halt to the first half and the game was goalless. It was a slightly cagey first half with neither side wanting to give anything away.

 
 
 
 
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic
  • 0-0
  • Rangers

The second half was to be an intriguing battle between the two rivals.

Rangers could have taken the lead in the fiftieth minute; Jamie Brandon played the ball into Josh Jeffries, who had been causing all sorts of trouble for the Celtic defence, but his shot was well held by Ross Doohan.

Jamieson then almost opened the scoring for Rangers; after some high pressing the striker robbed the ball off Dan Higgins and darted for goal, he then unleashed a powerful shot which was well saved and then cleared by the Rangers defence.

Theo Archibald then broke free of his marker and fired a shot from twenty-five yards towards the Rangers goal. The winger’s shot was well saved by Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers substitute Jamie Barjonas then stung the gloves of Doohan with a fierce shot thirty yards out from goal. The Celtic keeper made a fantastic reflex save and the ball was cleared.

Five minutes later, Celtic had the ball in the back of the net; a corner was played in and fell at the feet of Josh Kerr who smashed the ball home from six yards out to put the Bhoys one goal up.

The crowd barely had time to take in the first goal when Celtic doubled their advantage. Mark Hill played in a free kick from the left which evaded everyone and found its way into the far corner – sending the Celtic players wild.

Rangers almost pulled one back ten minutes from time. Jamieson found some space on the edge of the box but his low shot was saved by Doohan and cleared.

The referee then brought the game to an end and Celtic were crowned champions of Glasgow once again.

This is the first time that Celtic have retained the Glasgow cup since 1968 which makes the achievement all that bit sweeter for the players. 

Credit must go to both sets of players though as the match was contested at such a high quality throughout.

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  • Full Time:
  • Celtic
  • 2-0
  • Rangers

Lineups

Celtic
Rangers
1. Ross Doohan
2. Anthony Ralston
3. Daniel Church
4. Dan Higgins
5. Josh Kerr
6. Ciaran McKenna
7. Regan Hendry
8. Mark Hill
9. Rory Currie
10. Theo Archibald
11. Calvin Millar
12. Lewis Bell
13. Aidan McAdams
14. Innes Murray
15. Aidan Quinn
16. Michael Johnstone
17. Jack Aitchison
18. Shaun Bowers
1. Robbie McCrorie
2. Kyle Bradley
3. Lewis White
4. Ross McCrorie
5. Aiden Wilson
6. Jack Thomson
7. Josh Jeffries
8. Jamie Brandon
9. Sam Jamieson
10. Max Ashmore
11. Ross Lyon
12. Grant Nelson
14. Jason Krones
15. Liam Burt
16. Jamie Barjonas
17. Andy Dallas
18. Kyle Clark
21. Kieran Wright
Star Player
Celtic
Rangers
Calvin Millar - The tricky winger caused problems all night for the Rangers defence.
Sam Jamieson - Was fantastic at holding the ball up and his pace was caused problems all night.
Magic Moment
Celtic
Rangers
Both goals - The Celtic players were overjoyed when they scored and will not forget that moment any time soon.
The goal-saving challenge by Ross McCrorie ensured Rangers remained level at that point in the match.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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