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Scots Colleges draw against English counterparts

English Colleges 1

Morgan 88

Scottish Colleges 1

Alexander 39
  • Wednesday, 23 April 2014
  • Gateshead International Stadium
  • College & University
  • International Challenge Match
 
Scottish Colleges conceded late on to surrender a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 with English Colleges at Gateshead International Stadium in Newcastle. 
 
The first half began with few chances for either side. Both sets of defenders did well to stop any meaningful efforts on goal, until the 39th minute where the Scots took the lead through Scott Alexander (Dumfries and Galloway College). Paul Caughey (New College Lanarkshire, Cumbernauld) pounced on a loose ball and threaded a lovely pass through to Alexander who took time to compose himself then fire across the keeper into the left hand corner.
 
The score-line remained the same with few chances for either side, despite a good call for a penalty against Scotland’s skipper, Ryan Cherrie (New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell) just before the half time whistle. English Colleges would count themselves unlucky to be behind at the break. 
 
Unlike the first half, a number of good chances were created in the second half. English Colleges wasted a few good opportunities mid-way through the second half with Thomson (New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell) in Scotland goal coming out on top.
  • Half Time:
  • English Colleges
  • 0-1
  • Scottish Colleges
Unlike the first half, a number of good chances were created in the second half. English Colleges wasted a few good opportunities mid-way through the second half with Thomson (New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell) in Scotland goal coming out on top. 
 
Scottish Colleges weathered some heavy English pressure and came up with a few chances of their own. First of all, Craig Easton (Clydebank College) danced into the penalty area and couldn’t quite chip the ball over the keeper, which re-bounded for Duncan Muir (Edinburgh College, Granton) whose shot was saved well by Shaun McDonald (Gateshead College) in goals for English Colleges.
 
Scotland couldn’t quite hold-on in the end and conceded in the 88th minute, with Nial Morgan, capitalising on a Scotland error to poke the ball into an empty net. No team could find a winner in the final stages with the match ending 1-1.
 
Scottish Colleges go away from the season with 1 win against Scottish Independent Schools, 1 draw with English Colleges and 1 defeat to Welsh Colleges. 
  • Full Time:
  • English Colleges
  • 1-1
  • Scottish Colleges

Lineups

English Colleges
Scottish Colleges
Shaun McDonald
Kurt Bedford
Harry Walker
Joe Noblett
Aiden Baldwin
Harry Singh
Jamie Lumsden
Shaun Stocker
Toby Hilliard
Nial Morgan
Maxwell Holland
Luke Blackburn
Marcus Burgess
Connor Brunt
Jack Williams
Adam Wrightson
Dean Wilson | Glasgow Clyde (Cardonald)
Sandy Thomson | New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell)
Aaron Johnstone | Glasgow Clyde (Cardonald)
Ryan Cherrie | New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell)
Aaron Gray | New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Craig Easton | Clydebank College
Josh Taplin | New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Graham Forsyth | New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Paul Caughey | New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Dean Sutherlands | New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Reece Cochrane | Edinburgh College (Granton)
Sean Melvin | Edinburgh College (Sighthill)
Duncan Muir | Edinburgh College (Granton)
Josh Thomson | New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Scott Alexander | Dumfries and Galloway College
Star Player
English Colleges
Scottish Colleges
Toby Hilliard was England's best performer.
Scott Alexander's goal summed up a good all round display for Scotland's strongest player on the day.
Magic Moment
English Colleges
Scottish Colleges
The late equaliser from Morgan gave England a share of the spoils.
Alexander's goal gave Scotland the lead, much to the delight of the away contingent.
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