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  • Eightsome reel at Hampden as young Celts lift Youth Cup

    Eightsome reel at Hampden as young Celts lift Youth Cup

    By: Mark Henderson on 23 Apr, 2012 21:27

  • SFA Youth Cup Final
    Hampden Park, Glasgow
    Monday, April 23, 2012
    (F. Twardzik 2, Irvine 29, McGeouch 43, 69, McGregor 45, 73, 85, Herron 67)
    CELTIC Under-19s secured the double for the third successive season as they thumped Queen of the South 8-0 at Hampden to lift the Youth Cup.
    The Doonhamers were no match for the rampant league champions who plundered four goals in each half in a ruthless display of attacking football, delighting the sizable Hoops support in attendance.
    Callum McGregor struck a hat-trick, Dylan McGeouch bagged a brace, while Filip Twardzik, Jackson Irvine and John Herron also found the net for the dominant youths.
    Having already won the title, the young Celts arrived at the National Stadium determined to lift another piece of silverware.
    And they made the perfect start. Exactly 60 seconds from the kick-off, Marcus Fraser knocked McGregor´s corner across goal. It bounced off the underside of the bar and Twardzik had the simple task of rolling the ball into the net.
    On the back of 14 successive wins, the Hoops youngsters were playing with real intent. Joe Chalmers cut inside from the left and his shot was blocked by a defender, before Liam Gormley was inches away from reaching Twardzik´s low pass.
    Although the youths were dominating proceedings, some slack defending presented Liam Park with a rare chance to test Robbie Thomson, but his weak effort was comfortably gathered by the keeper.
    They were soon back on the attack, though, and Twardzik came close with a header and McGregor was denied by a desperate last-gasp block. A precise pass from Twardzik sent Gormley scampering clear but he was denied from an acute angle by Jim Atkinson in the Queens´ goal.
    In the 29th minute the Bhoys doubled their advantage with cleverly-worked goal. Spotting the run of Jackson Irvine, McGeouch sent a low corner towards the captain and he slammed an unstoppable first-time shot in off the underside of the bar.
    It was one-way traffic but the young Celts suffered a blow when Twardzik was forced to leave the fray on a stretcher after coming off second best during a melee in the box. He was replaced by James Alabi.
    It failed to dent their dominance, though, and McGeouch added a third as half-time approached with a solo effort, the midfielder evading several challenges before beating the keeper at his near post.
    And the rampant youngsters still had time to plunder another goal before the interval.  Fisher embarked on a foraging run down the right and was felled inside the box. McGregor stepped up and swept the penalty into the corner.
    The midfielder had the first chance after the break, heading over from Fisher´s cross, before Alabi saw a goalbound shot blocked as the youngsters remained in complete control of proceedings.
    Gormley powered a header off the bar and McGeouch fired over as the chances continued to mount, and the Doonhamers´ resistance was finally broken again midway through the half.
    After a neat interchange of passing, McGregor found John Herron in the box and the midfielder cooly slid the ball under the advancing keeper. Shortly after, number six arrived.
    Again McGregor was the supplier cutting the ball back from the byline for McGeouch, who took a touch before firing home with aid of a deflection.
    And the young Celts added a third goal in the space of five minutes against the tiring Dumfries side, as Alabi´s cross-shot was stabbed into the net by McGregor.
    As the clock ticked down, they struck number eight as Alabi was felled in the box, allowing McGregor to bag his hat-trick and round off a memorable evening.
    CELTIC (4-5-1) Thomson; Fisher, Jones, Fraser, Chalmers; Herron, McGregor, McGeouch (Atajic 74) Irvine, F. Twardzik (Alabi 38); Gormley (Kidd 71)
    Not Used: Fasan Miller
    QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (4-4-1-1) Atkinson; Handling (Gray 76) Wilkinson, Hooper (Simpson 76), Neil; Park (Vallance 61), Todd, Crozier, Smith; Slattery; Reilly
    Not Used: Young, Drysdale 

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