U16 Celtic 1 SK Rapid Wien 0
With some history between the two clubs, this was always going to be a “special” affair. Thankfully, the young hoops came out on top.
The lads wore the green and white hoops for the first time on this trip. Nice to see.
First half saw a few mazy runs from the Rapid midfielders with any shots being either saved by Ross or defended vehemently by Josh and Dan in the centre. Best chance for Celtic in the first half fell to Calvin Miller just before the half-time whistle. Drifting in from the left, the young fella passed two defenders to create some space and then whistled a strike toward goal. Sadly for the onlooking tens of people, the ball went over the top.
A rousing rendition of “Walk On” by a few kind and enthusiastic onlookers greeted the young Celtic team on re-entry to the field of play for the second half. A big beaming smile broke out all round.
The tournament here also features some terrific footballing action from some of our less-abled community. It was a fair number of these crackers who revelled in the lyrics and melody of “Walk On”.
Such inspiration encouraged the young hoops to defend resolutely and when Rapid won a corner as the half wore on, confidence was high among the backs. The corner was taken and of course assurely defended. The ball broke to the edge of the Celtic box. Rapid fired in a shot. Again Celtic defended. The ball fell at the feet of Theo Archibald. Young Theo pass a few yards to Mark Hill. The big man collected the pass no less than 75mtrs from the opposition goal. As the clock ticked so did young Hill. Step by step closer ever closer to the Rapid Vienna goal. Passing one tackle after another, young Mark broke into the box and smashed a tidy finish low into the far corner of the goal. Happy days and 1-0 to the Celtic. Hoop and hoop alike rushed upfield to share in the celebrations.
With a few minutes remaining, the young Celts managed to hold on in the blistering heat for another three points and a second victory of the campaign. One draw and two victories – a terrific start to this top-quality competition. Seven points from a possible nine and top of the group going into Day 3.
The next match for the young hoops is against a very strong local side called Vorarlberg.
Saturday, 10am. Then Spurs, in the afternoon.
Celtic team : Ross Doohan, James Cassidy, Josh Kerr, Daniel Higgins, Blair Kidd, Mark Hill, Ciaran McKenna, Scott Hay, Regan Hendry, Calvin Miller, Theo Archibald
Subs used: Innes Murray, Anthony Ralston
Coach: Michael O’Halloran
Each game of the tournament is 40mins long (2×20).
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