Final Prep game win for boys squad

In what will be the under 18 SSFA squad’s last warm up game prior to Centenary Shield fixtures, the team secured a hard fought victory against Glasgow University u20’s in a game played on Valentine’s Day at New Western Park , Renfrew.

In a 4 – 2 win, the squad showed positive signs of coming together before their first fixture in this season’s Centenary Shield against the Republic of Ireland in Athlone on 29th February.

The student team provided excellent opponents for this final, vital preparation game and the SSFA is very grateful for their cooperation.

After a well – contested first 25 minutes which saw the schoolboy side take control of a competitive match, it was a goal against the run of play for Glasgow that opened the scoring.

From a free kick 25 yards out it was an unfortunate glancing header off an unfortunate SSFA mid fielder that beat keeper Rohan Harkins to put the students one goal up.

Glasgow University take the lead
From a number of well built attacks the Scotland team couldn’t find the net until a few minutes before half time when defender Owen Doyle got on the end of a free kick to volley home.
Owen Doyle makes the score 1-1

Half time – 1-1.

With three planned half time substitutions, the SSFA continued to try to iron out the tendency to waste possession.
Callum Graham took up great position at the back post and finished off a good move to put Scotland in front after ten minutes.

Callum Graham puts Scotland 2-1 in the lead
Glasgow were always in the game and they scored an equaliser to draw the game level at 2 – 2. James Anderson was at the back post to head home from a corner.
Glasgow University's James Anderson heads in the equaliser

The SSFA side were soon back on the front foot and were playing some good football in search of a third goal.

Freddie Rowe created a number of chances for both himself and others but the schoolboys were a bit wasteful with their opportunities.

With a quarter of the game to play and from a good corner kick move Robbie Stewart netted strongly from six yards out to give Scotland a 3 – 2 lead.

Robbie Stewart celebrates scoring Scotland's third goal of the game

Glasgow hit the post and had a goal chalked off correctly for offside before Aedan Gilfedder volleyed home from 10 yards out again after good build up play. That goal secured a 4 – 2 win.

Aedan Gilfedder is congratulated on scoring Scotland's fourth goal

Scotland will need to sharpen up defensively and be more ruthless with taking their chances but will overall be happy with their progress towards their Centenary Shield campaign. The injury picked up by Jacob Shield will hopefully be not too serious.

The squad will travel out to Athlone on Wednesday 28th February.

Scotland: Rohan Harkins (Liam Prunty), Ali Nixon, Owen Doyle (Jamie Lowe), Euan Bowie, Robbie Stewart, Shay Burke (Aedan Gilfedder), Matt Falconer, Reuben Cooper, ( Archie Gibson), Stewart McDowell, (Freddie Rowe), Flynn MacKay, (Callum Graham), Jacob Shield.

Starting Eleven