Dennyloanhead’s Kieran Campbell one game away from international glory with Scotland

Kieran Campbell in action for Scotland schoolboys against England. The match ended 1-1. Picture: Jeff Holmes
Kieran Campbell in action for Scotland schoolboys against England. The match ended 1-1. Picture: Jeff Holmes
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Kieran Campbell and Chris Truesdale are one match away from achieving something special - winning an international tournament for Scotland.

The duo are almost certain to be included in the Scotland schoolboys under-18 side that will take on their Republic of Ireland counterparts in two day’s time.

Victory in Dublin on Thursday will be enough for the Scots to top the group and share the Centenary Shield with rivals England, who currently sit three points clear having already completed their fixtures.

They’ll make the trip in confident mood after seriously denting the Auld Enemy’s chances of winning the tournament outright when they secured a 1-1 draw at Blackburn’s Ewood Park last Friday.

Scotland are unbeaten after thrashing Wales 5-1 and securing a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland in their previous group matches.

Full-back Campbell, from Dennyloanhead, said: “It was a really tough one against England and to get a positive result was really great for us as a squad.

“We have come up against some really good sides and played well and are unbeaten.

“There is a lot of talent in this squad for sure and I think we have shown how capable we are as a team.

“It would mean absolutely everything for us to go out and get a win against Ireland. If we can do that then we will win the Shield and that would just be an unbelievable achievement and one we will all remember forever.”

Scotland’s fortunes are in stark contrast to last year’s tournament when – without St Modan’s High pupil Campbell – they failed to win a game and finished bottom of the table.

Raith Rovers player Campbell has been joined in the Scotland team by goalkeeper Chris Truesdale, who plays for Stenhousemuir.

The keeper, a veteran of the last Centenary Shield campaign, readily admits the squad feels altogether different from last year’s disastrous showing.

“It has been brilliant,” he said. “We are still unbeaten, so that is always good. We got a great win against Wales and a good point against Northern Ireland.

“I think I have played well. The squad has bonded right from day one. We have all got on really well and that is why we are performing on the pitch.

The match in Dublin kicks-off at 7 p.m.

TSB, proud partner of the Scottish Schools’ FA, is delighted to support the Scotland U18 schoolboys squad for their 2014 Centenary Shield campaign. For all the latest squad news, visit scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa.