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  • Bogle brace gives youths the spoils

    Bogle brace gives youths the spoils

    By: Mark Henderson on 19 Nov, 2011 14:35

  • DESPITE the absence of a number of regular starters due to their inclusion in the first-team squad, Celtic Under-19s continued their recent fine form with a 2-1 win over St Johnstone at Stirling University.

    Omar Bogle was the hero for the Hoops, netting an early brace as the young Hoops dominated the opening 45 minutes.

    But they had shot-stopper Robbie Thomson to thank for keeping their two-goal lead intact when he saved a second-half penalty as the home side fought for a way back into the contest.

    Eventually the young Celts´ resistance was broken as the Perth outfit found the net in the final minute. It had no bearing on the final outcome, though, as the young Hoops earned a deserved three points ahead of their NextGen Series away clash at Barcelona on Thursday.

    And coach Tommy McIntyre was not only pleased with the result but also with the promotion of so many players to the top-team – the overriding objective of the Academy.

    He said: “We were maybe four or five players down from normal as they were in the first team, which is excellent. It gave the ones who had been on the periphery the opportunity to come in and show what they can do

    “That’s what it’s all about, developing young players and trying to get them in the first team, so we were delighted about that.

    “We dominated the first half and should have been three or four goals up, albeit we were two goals up but it’s never easy against St Johnstone up there.

    “It’s a tight pitch and they came back in the second half as I felt we let ourselves down a bit after the break. But given we lost Jackson Irvine after around 35 minutes to a shoulder injury and we had to alter things so we’ve got to be delighted with it.”

    Bogle opened the scoring in the 13th minute with an opportunist strike after John Herron’s low cross had been spilled by the home keeper. His second came three minutes later. Collecting a pass from Lewis Kidd, he held off the attentions of a defender, before finishing expertly across the Saints’ shot-stopper. 

    And McIntyre was pleased to see him take his chance with regular starter, Paul George, on top-team duty.

    “There were two great goals from Omar, two striker’s goals, and it was good for him to come in,” said the coach. “He played against Aberdeen early on and scored two goals which is a good sign for a striker and he did well.”

    One of the crucial points in the game was Thomson’s penalty save, which preserved the young Celts’ two-goal cushion. And McIntyre was full of praise for the keeper, not just for stopping the penalty but for his overall performance.

    “That’s his job,” he said. “We would prefer him not to be giving penalties as away but these things happen and I thought Robbie was excellent and the man of the match and that takes nothing away from the outfield players.

    “I thought his handling, the way he went about his business, his organisation at the back – I think that was as good as I’ve seen him.

    “He deserved the credit for the penalty save as it was an excellent save and at a crucial time as well. It would have been an injustice had we taken anything less than three points with the dominance we had.

    “He’s been in excellent form recently and long may that continue. I was a bit disappointed that they scored a consolation goal in the last minute as I felt Robbie’s display deserved a shutout.”

    Clydesdale Bank Under-19 Premier League
    Stirling University
    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Bogle 13, 16
    Hutchinson 90

    CELTIC (4-4-2) Thomson; Miller, O’Brien, Irvine (Yaqub 35), Chalmers; Herron, Kidd, Fisher, Twardzik; Watt (Atajic 60) Bogle

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