Scotland 17’s Open With A Win

Scotland 1 Lithuania 0

A header midway through the second half from Celtic’s Stuart Findlay was enough to give Scotland’s Under 17’s a win in their opening game in Group 6 of the UEFA Under 17 Championship Qualifiers Elite Round. It was no more than the youngsters deserved as they were pretty much in control for the eighty minutes.

The first effort on goal came on twelve minutes, following an attack down the left when the ball was cleared from the Lithuanian box Charlie Telfer fired a shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. A minute later Lewis Kidd broke into the left hand side of the box after a one-two with Islam Feruz, shot across the keeper and wide of the far post.

After a quarter hour’s play Scotland carved out a chance after good play down the left, Stephen Hendrie’s cross found Cameron Smith at the back post and his close range effort was deflected over. A superb passing move involving several of the Scotland team looked to have created the opener when Cameron Smith played in Islam Feruz but the Chelsea striker fired high and wide.

As the half hour approached the visitor’s defence struggled to clear and Lewis Kidd pounced to set up a chance for Islam Feruz who shot narrowly over.  Five minutes before the break the Lithuanians finally threatened the Scotland goal, Deimantas Petravicius free-kick from all of thirty-five yards had plenty power but was straight at Ryan Crump.

A few minutes later Skirmantas Rakauskas passed to Petravicius on the right and when he cut inside it spelled danger for the home side until Stuart Urquhart blocked his shot on goal. Right on the half-time whistle Lewis Kidd  passed to Islam Feruz on the left hand angle of the box, he went passed a defender before forcing a save from Marius Suvaizdis low to his left.

Half-Time:- Scotland 0 Lithuania 0

Scotland were still dominant territorially  without creating the same chances in the early stages of the second half and just after the hour the visitors created their best chance. Erikas Skripkinas made progress on the right and found Tadas Lekeckas inside the box, when he side stepped a defender a goal looked likely but Ryan Crump stood tall and made a fine block.

A few minutes later Scotland scored what proved to be the decisive goal, when the ball was cleared from the penalty area following a free-kick it was picked up on the left by Cameron Smith, he sent a cross back into the penalty area where Stuart Findlay sent a lopping header over Suvaizdis and into the net.

Full-Time:- Scotland 1 Lithuania 0

Scotland:- Ryan Crump (Liverpool); Ryan Finnie (Hamilton Accies),Stuart Urquhart (Rangers), Stuart Findlay (Celtic), Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Accies); Cameron Smith (Aberdeen), Charlie Telfer (Rangers), Darren Petrie (Dundee United), Lewis Kidd (Celtic),Craig Sibbald (Falkirk); Islam Feruz (Chelsea)

Subs:- Jamie Lindsay (Celtic) (For Telfer 56mins), Fraser Aird (Rangers) (For Sibbald 62mins), Denny Johnstone(Celtic) (For Feruz 67mins).

Not Used:- Jordan Hart(Gk) (Celtic), Kyle Turnbull (Falkirk), Darren Ramsay(Rangers), Andy Murdoch (Rangers)

Lithuania:- Marius Suvaizdis (National Academy); Lukas Pangonis (National Academy), Edvinas Dambrauskas (National Academy), Julius Aleksandravicius (National Academy), Justas Raziunas (National Academy); Erikas Skripkinas (FM Kaunas), Gabrielius Judickas (National Academy), Tomas Dombrauskis (Leicester City), Deimantas Petravicius (Notts Forest); Skirmantas Rakauskas (National Academy), Simonas Stankevicius (Leicester City).

Subs:- Tadas Lekeckas (National Academy) (For Rakuaskas HT), Aivaras Meskinis (Panevezys Academy) (For Dambrauskas 53mins), Vykintas Slivka (Panevezys Academy) (For Skripkinas 69mins)

Not Used:- Edgaras Jonaitis (Gk) (National Academy), Rolandas Baravykas (FC Siauliai), Darius Kazubovicius (National Academy), Kevinas Pavlijus (Panevezys Academy)


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