DEC BAGS A DE­BUT GOAL

Cam­bus­lang boy turns heads in Stir­ling Cup tie

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A 15- year- old Cam­bus­lang foot­baller is said to have caught the eye of pro­fes­sional clubs af­ter scor­ing on his de­but for Al­loa Ath­letic’s first team.

De­clan McDon­ald came on as a sub­sti­tute for The Wasps in their Stir­ling­shire Cup game against Sten­house­muir on April 5.

The Trin­ity High School pupil scored Al­loa’s sec­ond goal in a 2-0 win with 25 min­utes to go.

De­clan, who is also a Scot­land Un­der- 14 cap, has been play­ing for the Wasps for two years since he was scouted at a School Scot­tish Cup Fi­nal.

He was taken on trial at Al­loa and has since gone on to score 22 goals for the un­der-17s.

The young­ster told the Re­former he was “buzzing” to get his first se­nior goal.

He said: “It was re­ally good to score. I came on for the last half an hour or so and had a shot that was saved by the keeper. I then scored a header from a cor­ner near the end which was the sec­ond goal.

“It was the first time I had played for the se­nior team but I have been train­ing with them. It is quite hard but the boys help you out.

“There was only three of the younger boys play­ing against Sten­house­muir and the rest were first-team reg­u­lars.”

De­clan has also scored goals at in­ter­na­tional level. He bagged two for Scot­land Un­der-14s in their de­vel­op­ment tour­na­ment in Por­tu­gal against the Czech Repub­lic in May 2015.

The game marked his in­ter­na­tional de­but and he has now made three more ap­pear­ances for his country.

He added: “The team is made up of play­ers from dif­fer­ent teams like Celtic and Rangers. I have al­ways played as a striker but I play in mid­field for the school team. I train three times a week with Al­loa and play for Trin­ity which helps keeps me fit. The school give me time off to train dur­ing the day.”

De­clan’s am­bi­tion is to be­come a pro­fes­sional and has talked about the pos­si­bil­ity of leav­ing Trin­ity High at the end of the school year.

Proud dad Steven McEwan, who was also a tal­ented foot­baller, re­vealed that De­clan’s progress had turned a few heads at other pro­fes­sional clubs, adding: “He’s im­prov­ing all the time from his days play­ing for Cam­bus­lang Boy’s Club to play­ing with Al­loa.”

Al­loa play Falkirk in the fi­nal of the Stir­ling­shire Cup – a com­pe­ti­tion that was founded in 1883.

De­clan is hop­ing to make an ap­pear­ance in the match but is also hope­ful he will get his chance in Al­loa’s first team squad next sea­son fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion to the Lad­brokes League One.

Call to fans Barry will be there

Se­nior de­but Al­loas De­clan McDon­ald

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