Boys eye up place on Cen­te­nary Shield squad

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Foot­ballers from across Ren­frew­shire and be­yond are be­ing put through their fi­nal paces this week as se­lec­tion for the Cen­te­nary Shield draws to a close.

Since mid-Septem­ber Scot­tish Schools FA Na­tional Cup games have taken place, with each match hav­ing a mem­ber of the SSFA se­lec­tion and coach­ing com­mit­tee in at­ten­dance to cast an eye over the play­ers on show with a view to se­lect­ing them for the in­ter­na­tional side.

Three in­ter­me­di­ate tri­als have since been ar­ranged, the first of which kicked off last Fri­day at To­ry­glen, in Glas­gow.

The sec­ond takes place to­day, while the third trial fol­lows on Fri­day, both of which are also be­ing hosted at To­ry­glen.

Twenty-eight hope­fuls took part last Fri­day and the se­lec­tors’com­mit­tee, un­der the chair­man­ship of in­ter­na­tional team sec­re­tary Les Don­ald­son MBE, iden­ti­fied the play­ers from this game, and, tak­ing into ac­count pre­vi­ous per­for­mances in the Scot­tish Cup ties, who may be in­vited to re­turn for the fi­nal trial which takes place on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 12.

An SSFA spokesman said:“The stan­dard in last Fri­day’s game was very en­cour­ag­ing and it is hoped that the same will be ap­par­ent in the next two tri­als this week.

“The fi­nal se­lec­tion will be an­nounced on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 13, and the squad will have its first get to­gether for prepa­ra­tion on De­cem­ber 21 and 22.

“It is an ex­cit­ing time for the can­di­dates in­volved and the SSFA wishes them all the best in try­ing to show their po­ten­tial in the quest for a much cher­ished school­boy cap.”

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