Scotland Nick it against England - with Bishopbriggs boy in the defence

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YOUNG Scots football aces have celebrated victory over the Auld Enemy – with Bishopbriggs stopper Nicholas Devlin at the heart of the Scots defence.

The Lloyds TSB Scotland U18 Schoolboys secured a 1-0 victory over England in Inverness, and with it, a share of the coveted Centenary Shield for the first time in 10 years.

Turnbull High School’s Nicholas Devlin was rock solid as the young Scots secured the three points required to ensure a share of the Shield with Northern Ireland.

It was late in the game when Scotland scored the crucial goal against England in Inverness on April 21.

Captain Alan Urquhart lofted a pass towards the edge of the English area which the defence failed to clear. The ball fell to Michael Scott and his driven cutback was side-footed into the corner of the net from six yards out by a delighted Stuart Love.

Six minutes of injury time did not deter the Scots and they held onto their slender lead to not only secure a share of the shield, but also claim the inaugural Lloyds TSB Scotland International Challenge Cup – to be competed for by Scotland and England on an annual basis.

The team also featured Owen Ronald, who attends Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld.

CAP JOY: Nicholas Devlin is pictured above receiving his U18 Scotland Schoolboys International cap from Scottish School’s FA President Rod Houston.