Celtic wonderkid Dembele features as Scots see off Enemy
LONDON - Scotland’s senior teams have found beating England hard to come by recently but their U-16s showed them exactly how to do it on Thursday.
All eyes were on Karamoko Dembele at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank but it was Connor Barron, his second half replacement, who made the big difference for Scotland as they ran out 2-0 winners.
The 14-year-old Celtic wonderkid, who has also played for England was substituted on 60 minutes after a relatively quiet night and just eight minutes later, the hosts were ahead.
Aberdeen’s Barron will claim the opening goal after lobbing goalkeeper Harvey Collins from distance but it will almost definitely be credited as an own goal by the England No. 1. Barron’s cheeky effort hit the crossbar before cannoning off Collins’ knee into the empty net on Thursday to put Scotland 1-0 ahead.
Then just seven minutes later, the hosts doubled their advantage through Ayr United’s Ecrepont, who latched onto a header before slotting the ball past Collins on the volley at the back post.
The U-16 match also featured two missed penalties, which could have easily changed the outcome of the game.
England had a golden opportunity to go into the break ahead but Spurs striker Nonso Madeuke’s penalty was saved by Scotland goalkeeper Jack Newman.
And after the restart, Scotland missed a spot-kick of their own through St Mirren defender Ben Cameron.
WONDERBOY: Karamoko Dembele In action during their game.