Scottish FA Youth Cup Final
Celtic 8-0 Queen of the South
Hampden Park, Glasgow
F.Twardzik '2; J. Irvine '29; D. McGeouch '42, '68; C. McGregor '44,'73, '84; J.Herron '67
Celtic made it three Scottish FA Youth Cups in a row after a resounding 8-0 win over Queen of the South in tonight’s final at Hampden Park.
The impressive training academy at Lennoxtown continues to reap success as the stars of tomorrow produced a ruthless display.
A hat-trick from Callum McGregor was accompanied by goals from Filip Twardzik, Jackson Irvine, Dylan McGeouch and John Herron to make it an evening of celebration for the Celtic faithful.
Right from the off, the Glasgow side played with fluidity and directness, scoring within two minutes as Twardzik tapped in following a deflected shot falling from the bar.
But Queen of the South, making their first final appearance since 1987, gradually settled into the game.
Striker Liam Park was presented a clear-cut opportunity by Celtic’s defence but his ten yard shot produced a comfortable save from Robbie Thomson.
The scare seemed to focus the SPL Under-19 champion’s attention as Celtic first team player McGeouch proved why is exactly that.
His weaving between both feet had a determined Doonhammers defence on the back foot throughout. He was instrumental in most of Celtic’s offensive play.
It was his clever cut-backed corner which set up captain Irvine for his thunderous goal from the edge of the 18-yard box.
One minute later, the skilful number ten was on the sheet himself, turning his marker and slotting low within the same movement.
Queen of the South, however, were enjoying their big night at the National Stadium, defiant shots from Lewis Todd and Dean Crozier displaying the Dumfries side’s grit.
Second half pressure from Celtic reaped its rewards on 67 and 68 minutes, John Herron finishing a flowing move then followed up by a McGeouch slot home.
Goals were now being taken for granted, McGregor sliding a James Alabi cross to make it 7-0.
Alabi was in the thick of it once again, being fouled in the box to allow McGregor to send the resultant penalty home, his hat-trick and Celtic’s eighth.
Thomson (GK), Fisher, Chalmers, Irvine (Cpt), Jones, Fraser, Herron, McGregor, Gormley (Kidd, 70), McGeouch (Atajic, 74), Twardzik (Alabi, 37).
Unused subs: Fasan (GK), Miller.
Queen of the South
Atkinson (GK), Crozier, Neill, Wilkinson, Hooper (Cpt) (Simpson, 75), Slattery, Handling (Gray,75) Todd, Park (Park, 70), Reilly, Smith.
Unused subs:Young, Drysdlae (GK).