Team Of The Week – SPFL U20s: 17-21 April 2017

TOTW: 17th-21st April

Mark Foden GK, Sam Morrison, Matthew Hall, David Keiller-Dunn (Ross County)

Ross County were 2-0 winners v 2nd placed Hibs in the biggest match of the season so far in the Development League. Ross impressivly soaked up much of the pressure for long periods whilst being clinical at the other end when they needed to be. This was also the 4th clean sheet on the spin for the Staggies. This one is particularly impressive considering their opposition of Ollie Shaw (23 goals in 21 starts) and the inform Fraser Murray.

Foden has his spot back in out TOTW back between the jumpers along side key defenders Sam Morrison and Matthew Hall. David Keiller-Dunn also makes the team as goalscorer of Ross’s 2nd goal. Top team performance.

Adam Livingstone (Motherwell)

Motherwell were 3-2 winners v Falkirk. Adam’s crossing and dead ball ability has been central to the Steelmen’s success at this level this season. An excellent corner and cross found Mackin’s head for two of Motherwell’s goals. Highlights of that game can be found here:

Atakayi, Ross Lyon (Rangers)

Rangers bounced back well after last weeks disappointing 4-0 derby loss with a 5-0 win v Dundee. Atakayi and Lyon were the stand out performers here. Lyon, with one assist from a corner, also got on the scoresheet himself. As did Atakayi, but it was Atakayi’s pace that was the main a threat throughout.

Scott McLean (Kilmarnock)

You feel McLean’s wand of a left peg will be a key for Killy over the coming years. He smacked in a free-kick in this humdinger of a game at the bottom of the table. Ended St. Johnstone 3-4 Kilmarnock, a rare away win for Killie.

Calvin Miller (Celtic) 

In a game Celtic needed to secure all 3 points to stay in the title race Calvin bagged a hat-trick to make it 5 goals in the last 4.

Dylan Mackin (Motherwell) 

Dylan netted two headers in the 3-2 win this week v Falkirk. The first was from an excellent in-swinging Livingstone corner as Mackin showed intelligence and awareness beyond his years, wriggled free 6-yards out and glanced the ball home. For second he showed excellent bravery and determination as he beat the outrushing Lewis McMinn (GK) to the ball and found the back of the net before being clattered. Highlights:

Lewis Moore (Hearts)

For a player to turn up and leave with the match ball after not seeing a great deal of minutes in the team this season, has to make our TOTW. Hearts were 3-1 winners over Inverness and Lewis completes this weeks line up.

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All the best, Tommy


‘Team Of The Week’ – Scotland u20 12/4/17

TOTW: 6th-11th April


Kevin O’Hara (Falkirk)
Hat-trick hero for the Bairns in a 3-0 win. Nice to see Kevin’s hard work for club and country pay off at this level. A player with a real eye for goal and blistering pace.
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Oli Shaw (Hibs)
Keeps his place in TOTW again this week for a superb solo effort in a 2-1 win v Celtic on Tuesday. A win that sees his side leapfrog Hamilton into 2nd, well and truly back in the race for the title with 3 games left.

Calvin Miller (Celtic)
Had to slot Calvin in this week for last Friday’s 3-0 win v Hibs. Big game that one for both sides, Calvin popped up with 2 goals and an assist in a comfortable 3-0 win. Unfortunately the reverse fixture on Tuesday didn’t go his way.

Davie Turnball (Motherwell)
Grabbed two goals from midfield in a 4-0 win over St. Mirren. Both excellent long range strikes, the second is particularly special. Check out that goal here, 5mins 50sec in for what has to also go down as goal of the week…
Davie is on the fringes of the Motherwell first team, I don’t think any first team goalie in Scotland could’ve stopped his second, hats off to you Davie.

Mark Lamont (Partick) 
Mark’s calming playing style in midfield was central to an impressive 3-1 away win v a strong looking Inverness side. Grabbed an assist in the process.

Fraser Murray (Hibs) 
Keeps his spot after playing a key role in his sides 2-1 win in a top of the table clash with Celtic. Made the scoresheet for the second week running.

Alistair McCann (St. Johnstone)
Second goal in as many weeks for Ali. Last week it was against an older and more experienced Dundee United side, this week it was Accies who were on the receiving end.

Michael McMullin (Partick)
Despite a shakey Partick start and conceeding early on, they settled down well and handled the attacking overage Inverness players in style, McMilllliin was vital. They went onto win 3-1.

Mark Finlayson (Falkirk) 
An attacking full-back who was rewarded with an assist and a clean sheet in a solid Falkirk 3-0 win.

Tony Gallacher (Falkirk)
Yet another attacking Bairns full-back Tony, on the left flank was equally as impressive as team mate Finlayson. Tony also claimed an assist and the well earned clean sheet.

Ben McKenzie GK (St. Johnstone)
The young Saints custodian saved a penalty and weathered the Accies onslaught to earn an unlikely point away at in form Hamilton. Also extra credit for facing an overage Hamilton front line.

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‘Player Of The Week’ – Scotland u20 4/4/17

Greg Hurst (St. Johnstone)

The 19-year old from Stirling grabbed 2 goals in an unexpected 5 goal thriller against a strong Dundee United side. The Tangerines included five first teamer’s, two of which were playing at the back trying to look after Hurst who signed from Stirling Albion in September 2015. This encounter Ended 3-2 to Saints, a splendid result given the experience that was on show in Perthshire for United.

With two senior sub apps last season, this is further evidence that Hurst’s recent call up to the first team is more than warranted. You sense that Saints fans won’t have to wait too much longer before seeing him take to the McDiarmid Park turf in front of a greater number of onlookers. Eyes peeled for the Hearts match tomorrow night!


All the best, Tommy

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‘Team Of The Week’ – Scotland u20 4/4/17


TOTW – Monday 3rd April

So this is my first bash at a TOTW feature. I’m going to try and do this as often as possible. I’ll also try and include players that fall under the age limit of the relevent league (u20s in Soctland’s case) and avoid including older first team players as best as possible.
If anyone would like to contribute to ‘Team’ or ‘Player’ of the Week  from any other youth/reserve leagues that take their interest, (ideally the English Reserves and u23s) then please get in contact via twitter – @TomasPhillips84

Greg Hurst (St. Johnstone)
The 19-year old from Stirling grabbed 2 goals in an unexpected 5 goal thriller against a strong Dundee United side this week. The Tangerines included five first teamer’s, two of which were playing at the back trying to look after Hurst who signed from Stirling Albion in September 2015.
Greg Hurst POTW

Oli Shaw (Hibs)
Scored 2 in a game where he, like Hurst, faced older Dunfermline defenders with first team experience, ended 3-0 Hibs. Makes it 25 goals far this season, impressive at any level.

Fraser Murray (Hibs)
After being called in for the firsts at the weekend, he popped up with a goal for the 20s to cap off a good week for the youngster.

Ryan Porteous (Hibs)
Clean sheet against a far more experienced Dunfermline front line of Paton and Reilly. The entire Hibs back line deserve to feature here to be honest, but Porteous takes the credit.

Conor O’Keefe (St. Mirren)
Scored and assisted in a one sided affair at Links Park, 3-0 v Dundee.

Ryan Tierney (Hamilton)
Picked up a goal in a dominant 4-0 away win at Rugby Park.

Ross Cunningham (Hamilton)
A controlling midfield performance at Rugby Park, grabbed an assist too.

Shaun Want (Hamilton)
Led his side back to the leagues summit with a solid 4-0 away win. Interestingly the first time this season a 20s side has left Rugby Park with a clean sheet.

Rico Quitongo (Hamilton) 
Solid clean sheet away at Rugby with captain, Want. As always, provided an attacking threat too.

David Brownlie (Ross County)
Despite being down on the shot count and enduring long periods of pressure from Inverness, Brownlie was at the centre of ensuring his side kept a clean sheet.

Mark Foden GK (Ross County)
Faced long periods of pressure from a dogged Inverness side who were close to causing an upset. This would have been the case if it wasn’t for Foden between the sticks. His side went onto win 1-0 at the death to keep Ross County in the title race.

Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming ‘Player Of The Week’ feature too!

All the best, Tommy