Posted Tuesday 16th October 2012
Yesterday was just another Monday to most, but for Arabs, it was a day of immense pride as the Tannadice youth system thrived.
The evening before at the Falkirk Stadium, Scotland 19s beat Switzerland 19s to win their Euro qualifying group with United’s Philip Anderson in goal, Ryan Gauld also in the starting XI & Darren Petrie on the bench.
Monday morning started with the wonderful news that midfielder Stuart Armstrong would be Captain for Scotland's 21s against Canada 21s. He scored on 7 minutes and led his compatriots to a 2-0 victory at Spain’s Marbella Football Centre to end their six-day training camp in style.
Away from the national teams, United’s 20s travelled to Fir Park last night to face Motherwell 20s. Stevie Campbell’s young charges would leave with all the points as they won 3-2 to remain top of the league. Dale Hilson scored the first on 56 minutes followed by Ryan Ferguson for 2-0 shortly after. In the 90th minute, Jordan Moore rounded off a superb contest with the only negative being a sickening head clash between Willy Robertson and John Souttar.
Both were taken to hospital but Willy, who has been on the first team bench for much of this season’s campaign, is expected to be back in two or three weeks. Souttar tweeted, “Feeling better this morning. Just off the phone to @wrobertsonn, good to hear him sounding a bit better. Hopefully a quick recovery for him!”
Youth system products Johnny Russell, Keith Watson and Stuart Armstrong continue to be first team staples with Ryan Dow getting plenty of action recently. Don’t be surprised to see Paddy Barrett taking part in first team competition this season either.
Keeper Marc McCallum is holding his own out on loan at Jim McInally’s Peterhead alongside Ross Smith. Loanee striker Robert Thomson came off the bench to score twice for Alloa as they won 3-0 against Albion Rovers on his debut in August.
United's youth system was revered in the 1970's and '80's. Falkirk continue to nurture an impressive conveyor belt of talent but arguably, Tannadice again boasts an embarrassment of youth riches that few in Scotland can rival. A bright future awaits for a great many of Stevie Campbell's players.
The kids are alright.
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