U16 Celtic 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Terrific news. Celtic have progressed to the semi-final stage of the tournament ! Happy days !
A solid victory over our UK rivals ensures that Celtic have completed the group in first position.
Goals by Ciaran McKenna and Calvin Miller in the first half, and one from Regan Hendry in the second, ensured that the young hoops progress to the next round.
Once again in resplendent green and white hoops, the young Scots were up against an even younger London side clad as it were in all sky-blue. Nine of the Spurs squad was said to be of the 1999 age-group, a year behind the hoopsters. Which of those nine played in this match is unclear.
And so to the action.
Celtic goal number one. Ciaran McKenna.
A nice strike if ever there was one. Regan Hendry won a tackle 40 yrds from goal and slipped a pass forward through the centre to young Ciaran. One touch out of his feet and a sweet right-footed strike from near 30 yrds, woosh!, the goalie had no chance as it flew into the top corner, 1-0 ! Get in there ! Pick it out !
Spurs got one back soon after, however. But then Celtic regained the lead before half time.
Celtic goal number two. Calvin Miller.
A terrific high through ball from deep with the weaker left-foot by Innes Murray set young Calvin racing over the halfway line. For some reason, the Spurs goalie had rushed out to help his two chasing centrebacks. Young Calvin coolly rounded the keeper 40yards from goal and slotted the ball into the empty net. 2-1 for the Celtic ! Terrific play ! And half-time.
Celtic goal number three. Regan Hendry.
This one came after the break and granted the hoops some easy breathing space.
A nice interception on the right hand side of defence by James Cassidy obtained possession for the hoops and the ball was moved quickly to Calvin Miller on halfway. Innes Murray saw the opening and so made a lung-bursting run up the right wing. Young Cavin curled a sweet left-footed pass along the ground in behind the stranded defence and into the open grass for Innes. Innes drove toward goal and made as if to shoot but no! Coolly fooling the keeper, he switched the play left into the centre of the box where the inrushing Regan Hendry, having juxtaposed the run of Innes, had again, the easiest of tasks but to play the ball into an open net. 3-1 for the Celtic and the roar from coach Michael O’Halloran could be heard booming around the local mountainsides.
And so the game ended. Celtic happily through to the semi-finals.
There were of course the usual world-class saves by Ross Doohan, well worth the admission fee alone. Or, at least, so his Da’ told me! Well done, Ross. Solid once again.
And the weather was pure roastin once more !
One draw, three victories and one defeat has left Celtic on 10pts and first place in the table.
Celtic will play FC Zürich in the semi-final, Sunday, 1100hrs.
Before that, the other semi-final will take place between
FC Bayern München and SK Rapid Wien.
Come on the young Celts !
Celtic team : Ross Doohan, James Cassidy, Josh Kerr, Daniel Higgins, Blair Kidd, Mark Hill, Ciaran McKenna, Innes Murray, Regan Hendry, Calvin Miller, Theo Archibald
Subs used: Chris Cannon, Anthony Ralston
Coach: Michael O’Halloran
Each game of the tournament is 40mins long (2×20).
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