Celtic won­derkid Dem­bele fea­tures as Scots see off En­emy

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

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.

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