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Football:Bhoys sink Red Devils

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CELTIC'S rising stars gave their tremendous fans a thrilling victory over Manchester United at Springfield last night - setting up a potential tournament decider with Boca Juniors on Sunday.

The Bhoys from Glasgow and the Buenos Aires se-ors are now in the driving seat, both now having won their opening game.

Two great lobbed goals from young striker Sylvain Eubanks-Blake failed to tip the scales in United's favour and coach Ricki Sbragia admitted that defensive errors had cost his side dear.

Celtic had taken the lead in the first half when Jim O'Brien hit a low, cut-back cross into the roof of the net, and although Eubanks-Blake's double had United ahead just after the interval, a Kirk Hudson brace - a close range effort and a lob - gave the Hoops victory.

Overall Celtic defended better throughout the match, while United, despite producing some wonderful passing movements, put in a less complete performance.

Although the Reds got off to a flying start, they found themselves chasing the game in the first half.

They came back out reinvigorated - particularly down the flanks - and although they seemed unlucky when goalkeeper Tom Heaton slipped when positioning himself for Hudson's late winner, Celtic were the better team.

United's right back Phil Picken was a useful outlet on the flank, and Mads Timm played effectively in the middle of the park, although his final ball did not always match the quality of his runs around the box.

For Celtic, fiery midfielder Nicky Riley seemed always on the ball, while the huge backline of Ryan McCafferty, Charles Mulgrew, Charles Grant and Paul Hutchison were an effective unit.

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Over 2,000 filed into Springfield last night to watch the young British lions - including the Boca Junior players who are widely expected to win the tournament.

They saw a well-fought contest between two evenly matched sides, and according to Celtic coach Willie McStay, some of the stars of the future as well.

'There were some current internationals at their own age levels, but there needs to be more maturity in the group before they are ready for the week in, week out demands of first team football.

Tonight they showed they can raise their game,' he said.

McStay, who saw it all during a long career with the Bhoys, said he was pleased that the crowd had been treated to a good contest.

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