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Strong second half showing sees Jimmy Johnstone Academy pick up three points

Jimmy Johnstone Academy 5

Docherty 40' McMonagle 56' Lawson 60' 70' Hood 63'

Celtic Boys Club 1

McLaughlin 50'
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • Under 14´s
  • Glasgow and District Youth Football League

Ameen Rabanni | YFS West Region Journalist
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A fine performance by Jordan Hood inspired Jimmy Johnstone Academy to all three points in the Under-14s Glasgow and District Youth Football League as they overcame Celtic Boys Club 5-1 at Toryglen.

This encounter was close for the majority of the 90 minutes but the extra creativity and clinicalness Jimmy Johnstone Academy possessed proved to be pivotal.

Both teams made early forays into the attacking ends of the pitch but could not muster up anything until the eighth minute when Academy’s Michael Garrity dribbled to the edge of the box and attempted a shot which flew wide. The home side soon took control and looked the more likely to break the deadlock and went close again through a long-range effort by Michael Reilly which Josh William Doherty palmed away.

Despite not enjoying the lion's share of possession, Celtic were lively on the break and their best chance of the half came from a counterattack. Centre back Aiden Wright surged past the challenges and won a free kick just outside the penalty area which Elliot Harvey took but the ball narrowly missed the target.

Midway through the opening 45, Jimmy Johnstone had the ball in the net but the referee ruled it out for offside. Kevin Docherty sent Dano Galloway away with a superb long pass on the left flank, Galloway’s precise cut-back found Nathan Thomson who finished nicely but he was ahead of the play. Moments later, Thomson was in the thick of the action yet again as he was picked out by Scgan McMonagle but he could not direct his volley on goal.

A few minutes before half time, some more chances presented themselves to Academy. McMonagle stung the hands of Doherty with a strike from distance while Michael Ferry’s shot was saved at the near post after some good link-up play between himself and Thomson.

  • Half Time:
  • Jimmy Johnstone Academy
  • 0-0
  • Celtic Boys Club

Celtic BC came flying out the traps in the second period, as they pushed further up the pitch and created some good opportunities within minutes of the restart. The first fell to striker Steven McCabe, who was found in the box by strike partner Nicholas McAdam but his effort lacked power and was saved comfortably by Andy Banks. McCabe then turned provider as he played a perfectly weighted pass to midfielder Mark Dougal, who made a good burst into the box, but the shot across goal flashed beyond the far post.

These misses proved costly as Academy went up the other end of the pitch and scored the game’s opening goal. Jordan Hood was the architect as he flew down the right side then cleverly picked out Docherty who fired the ball into the top corner from 20 yards with 45 minutes on the clock.

The duo linked up again in a carbon copy of the goal, this time Docherty was unlucky to see his shot drift off-target. Academy’s Ferry also found space in the box and shifted the ball on to his right foot but did not make Doherty work this time; the assist once again provided by Hood. BC weren’t out of this and showed tremendous fighting spirit with an equaliser. Substitute, Luke McLaughlin latched on to a long pass over the top, raced through on goal and coolly finished a one-on-one to restore parity.

As the game entered the final quarter, Academy’s extra pace and decisiveness in front of goal was the difference as they scored four goals in this period.

The crucial second goal was scored by McMonagle, the Celtic defence did not clear their lines after Ferry hit the post, the number 11’s cross into the danger area was well-anticipated by McMonagle who volleyed home from close range.

After Doherty denied McMonagle on a one-on-one with a smart stop, the attacker teed up teammate Tiger Lawson who slid the ball home from 10 yards.

Three minutes later, the hosts were in a similar situation; this time with Hood running through on goal and the winger kept his composure by tucking the ball into the bottom corner.

There was one more goal for Academy to celebrate and it came in the final minute as Lawson was played through on goal by Marius Stefan. The striker remained calm and side-footed the ball past Doherty.

  • Full Time:
  • Jimmy Johnstone Academy
  • 5-1
  • Celtic Boys Club


Jimmy Johnstone Academy
Celtic Boys Club
1. Andy Banks
2. Dano Galloway
4. Kevin Docherty
5. Aaron Bryson
6. Michael Reilly
8. Marius Stefan
9. Nathan Thomson
10. Michael Garrity
11. Michael Ferry
30. Aiden Brownlee
34. Scgan McMonagle
35. Tiger Lawson
36. Jordan Hood
37. Josh Milligan
38. Jamie Kane
39. Sean Paul Spiers
1. Josh William Docherty
2. Dean Meikle
4. Aiden Wright
5. Nico Dooley
6. Elliot Harvey
7. Gary Flemming
8. Mark Dougal
9. Steven McCabe
10. Luke McLaughlin
11. Lee Deery
12. Arbaaz Mohammed
13. Stefan van Heese
15. Declan Richford
16. Jack Flexney
21. Nicholas McAdam
Star Player
Jimmy Johnstone Academy
Celtic Boys Club
Jordan Hood - Was his side's biggest threat in the second half, stretching the play. His energy was unmatched and continually got him into promising positions which proved decisive with a goal and assist.
Aiden Wright - Despite his team conceding five goals, the centre back was still solid, making many interceptions and covering well. His distribution was good which helped his team get up the pitch when under pressure.
Magic Moment
Jimmy Johnstone Academy
Celtic Boys Club
Kevin Docherty's excellent long pass down the left flank in the first half which set up an attack for the hosts although they could not profit from it.
Josh William Doherty's superb save from a one-on-one with McMonagle, he managed to get down to the low shot and tip it round the post.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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