Scottish are up for the Upton

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It was a crushing defeat for North, but their thoughts afterwards were understandably with their defender, Tom Duarte, who was taken to hospital with a dislocated knee and broken leg.

The under-16s Upton at the Northfield was goal-less when, after 26 minutes, Scottish’s Jack Boyle caught Duarte on his already heavily bandaged left leg.

Passions ran high on and off the pitch as play was held up for 35 minutes as the paramedics arrived and worked to get the 15-year-old comfortable before taking him to the hospital, where he had an immediate operation.

From the reaction of the Jersey Scottish midfielder it was clear it was unintentional, but Northerners felt he should have seen a red card, not the yellow that referee Ted Teed showed him.

Boyle then went on to give a man-of-the-match performance as he pulled the strings in the middle of the park for Scottish.

He also scored two goals in the second half to put the game beyond the home side.

Scottish managed Pat Brennan said that Boyle’s challenge was out of character: ‘I’ve known Jack since he was seven and I’ve never known him do a dirty tackle,’ said Brennan.’He was sick when it happened and he wanted to come off.

The whole team was gutted that the boy got injured.

No one wants to see that.

‘I don’t think the score was a fair reflection.

It was a tight first half but they stopped defending as well as they had.’ North coach Ross Cameron said: ‘I’m so disappointed for the boys, but to be honest, we were beaten by a better side.

The discipline was good by the lads.’ The Guernsey Youth Two champions should have been one up come the stoppage.

Their danger man, Matt Loaring, had broken down the middle and his bullet shot broke through Scottish keeper Danny Ratcliff’s hands to rattle the bar and bounce to safety.

When play resumed after the lengthy delay, it was Scottish who got the opener after ten minutes through imposing centre-half Aaron Scott, with a near-post flick header at a corner.

The bigger Jersey team then stretched their lead to two after the half-time break thanks to Alex Gee.

The striker got on the end of a long ball and had time to pick his spot past North keeper Chris Bertram.

In response, the chocolate-and-blues had their best spell of play, but this was short-lived as, against the run of play, Jordan McBride headed the home powerfully from a corner.

The score was 4-0 just after the hour mark when substitute Callum Brennan, who has just returned from injury, made no mistake after he got on the end of a through ball.

Boyle then got two in quick succession to put the final nail in the coffin for North.

His second was a beauty as he ran the length of North’s half to slot the ball home coolly.

In the dying moments, Loaring got a consolation goal for his team with a delightfully floated free kick over the wall and high into the back of the net.

North: Bertram, Le Cheminant, Pengelley (capt.), Duarte (Collis 26), Giles, Loaring, Bougourd, Dodd, Lamb (Kimber 72), Hutton (Creed 71), Edwards.

Coach: Ross Cameron.

Jersey Scottish: Ratcliff, De La Haye (capt.), Woods (Irwin 64), Scott, Huelin, Brennan, Sowney (De Freitas 64), Boyle, McBride, Illingworth (Brennan 59), Gee.

Coach: Pat Brennan.

Referee: T Teed.

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