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Celtic triumph over Partick Thistle, Fife Elite at Loch Lomond Festival

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In the first ever pro-youth festival held at Loch Lomond it was Celtic FC who came out on top in the under -17s elite category. This invite-only tournament was held at Stirling University and the competition saw Sheffield United, Partick Thistle, Fife Elite Football Academy and  Celtic FC all go into action.

Celtic started off their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United, while Fife Elite Academy drew 1-1 with Partick Thistle. The opening day saw no team manage to win  but with the talent that was on show, this was a sign for better things to come.

The next day saw Sheffield United entertain Partick Thistle in an affair that saw United come out on top in a 2-0 win.  At the same time Celtic were up against Fife Elite which saw The Hoops win 4-0. At the end of the second day it was Celtic who were leading the competition closely followed by Sheffield. In third place came Partick followed by Fife Elite.

In the third day of this section, Sheffield United edged past Fife Elite Academy in a 2-1 win and Partick Thistle lost 2-0 to Celtic FC. This would then see Sheffield United  play Celtic in the Final of the competition.

Later that day, the final took place and this looked to be a feisty affair as both teams were unbeaten so far in the competition. In the end Celtic were victorious with three goals from Ciaran Drivers and one from Michael Johnstone - it was clear to see why they had been crowned the Denis Law Tournament champions in the past two seasons.

"I was delighted with the performance and the manner in which we played, controlling the game throughout," Celtic Academy manager Tommy McIntyre told the club's official website.

"Congratulations go to the players and staff in particular to 17s coach Michael O’Halloran."

As the competition came to a close it was Celtic FC who were crowned deserved  champions as they were unbeaten throughout the tournament.


Ben Riches | YFS South East Region Journalist
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