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Dundee Celtic BC
Letham Tangerines
McGregor 68                           
Kennedy 83

                                                     (Dundee Celtic win 7-6 on Penalties)


U19 G Kerr Cup - Final
North End Park

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By Michael Colville
YFS East Region Reporter
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The atmosphere was fantastic at North End Park and the crowd were ready to watch a great fixture between Letham Tangerines and Celtic Boys. Letham Tangerines haven’t lost a single game all season but Celtic Boys looked ready for the challenge. Both teams were psyched up and eager to start the match.

Letham Tangerines kicked the game off, both teams were trying hard to win possession and create some chances. It was a midfield battle as neither team could hold the ball for long before a challenge would come flying in.

Letham Tangerines had their first break through in the 12th minute, Dale smart made a great run into the box but before he could take a shot Farhan Mohammad made a great sliding tackle and won the ball. Celtic Boys had a great chance in the 19th minute. Josh Roberts was played through into the box. Roberts then beat a player and took a low shot at goal but Ross McKerchar made a good save.

Nathan Kennedy won the ball from a Celtic player and made a run into the box in the 25th minute. Ogilvie was about to take a shot at goal but Farhan Mohammad made another great challenge and cleared the ball.

Letham Tangerines came close to scoring in the 34th minute. Bryan Brown dribbled into the Celtic Boys box but Darren McRae made a great tackle, then Paul Leask picked the ball up outside the box. Leask beat a player and looked to take a shot at goal but Chrissy Burke made a superb tackle and won the ball well.

Celtic Boys nearly took the lead just before half time when a long ball was played up to Josh Roberts. Roberts volleyed the ball towards goal but it went just over the bar. The half time whistle blew soon after and the first half finished 0-0.

Half Time: Dundee Celtic 0-0 Letham Tangerines 

Celtic Boys kicked the second half off, Darren McCrae started the half off well with a great run down the wing. McCrae beat a player then crossed a great ball into the box but no one could get on the end of it.

In the 53rd minute, a long ball was played up to McCrae. McCrae controlled the ball well and took a powerful shot at goal but Ross McKerchar made a fantastic diving save. It wasn’t long before Celtic Boys had another chance. Blair Ogilvie played a great ball through to Andrew McGreggor who struck a shot at goal but McKerchar saved the shot.

Celtic Boys went 1-0 up in the 68th minute. Andrew McGregor was played through the defence into the Letham Tangerines box. McGregor then chipped the keeper brilliantly who came off his line putting Celtic Boys in the lead.

Nathan Kennedy came closing to scoring for Letham Tangerines in the 76th minute. Kennedy controlled the ball in the box and turned well. He then powered a shot at goal but Steven Burns made a great save.

Letham Tangerines equalised in the 83rd minute. Nathan Kennedy dribbled through the midfield and took a long shot at goal. The ball takes a bounce in the box and finds the bottom right corner making it 1-1.

Minutes later, Letham Tangerines had a goal disallowed. The ball was crossed into Aaron Galletly who then headed the ball into the net but there was a foul in the box so the goal did not stand.

Celtic Boys came close to a very late goal, David Buchan and Brad Harper made a great passing move together in the midfield then passed to Josh Roberts who powered a shot at goal but Ross McKerchar made a vital save. The full time whistle blew and the second half finished 1-1.

Full Time: Dundee Celtic 1-1 Letham Tangerines

Letham Tangerines kicked extra time off, both teams looked tired but were still fighting for the ball. No one had given up yet and both teams were very evenly matched. Chrissy Burke made a great run through the midfield, he was about to take a long shot at goal but it was blocked by David Walker. Minutes later Nathan Kennedy dribbled into the Cetlic Boys box and struck the ball towards goal but Steven Burns made another great save.

Celtic Boys kicked the second half off. Celtic Boys had a throw in in the 108th minute, the ball was thrown to Andrew McGregor who turned on the ball well and took a shot but it went narrowly wide.

Letham came close with a corner minutes later. The ball was scrambled around the box and Dale Smart managed to pull off an overhead kick towards goal but it was blocked on the line. Celtic Boys countered a long ball was played up to Andrew McGregor. McGregor nearly chipped the keeper again but it just missed the goal.

In the final minute of extra time, Connor McCrae made a run into the Celtic Boys box but Fahran Mohammad made a vital tackle and cleared the danger. The whistle blew soon after and the game went to penalties. Celtic Boys won 7-6 through a brilliant shoot out and were victors of the G. Kerr Cup. It was a very close game and both teams were evenly matched, Celtic Boys played some great football and had a fantastic work rate. They worked brilliantly as a team and never gave up. Letham Tangerines put in a great performance and created some great chances during the game.

Final Result: Dundee Celtic 1-1 Letham Tangerines (Dundee Celtic win 7-6 on penalties)

Dundee Celtic Letham Tangerines

1. Steven Burns
2. Chrissy Burke
3. Mark Henderson
4. Farhan Mohammad
5. Lewis Long
6. Blair Ogilvie
7. Aaron Dyer
8. Ryan Carlin
9. Josh Roberts
10. Darren McRae
11. Andrew McGregor
12. Davie Buchan
14. Andrew Slamon
15. Brad Harper
16. Connor Scott
17. John Gordon
18. Allan McNicol 


1. Ross McKerchar
2. Craig Mollison
3. Stuart Brown
4. Aaron Gently
5. David Walker
6. Nathan Kennedy
7. Paul Leask
8. Bryan Brown
9. Stuart Walton
10. Benn Blyth
11. Dale Smart
12. Dillon Moore
14. Connor McCrae
15. Michael Thomson


Farhan Mohammad was my man of the match because he was strong at the back and made many vital tackles. 
Nathan Kennedy was my man of the match because he scored a great goal and played brilliantly in the midfield. 
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