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.