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Kennedy Scores For Young Scots

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Matthew Kennedy helped Scotland Under-19s get their European Championship qualifying campaign off to a winning start with a 4-0 rout of Armenia on Tuesday.

The teenage winger, signed from Kilmarnock in the summer, played 66 minutes and also got on the scoresheet at Hamilton’s New Douglas Park to send the young Scots top of group nine.

Kennedy picked up a perfectly-weighted cross from Islam Feruz and calmly finished on 54 minutes to grab the second of his nation’s four goals.

After the game, the Blues youngster said: “It was great to get my first goal for the Under-19s and I want to keep going and try to get another couple to help the team get through this round.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position but there is still a long way to go.”

Next up for the Scots is a home game against Romania on Thursday, before Switzerland visit on Sunday.

Also involved with Under-19 action are young Everton duo Johan Hammar and Gethin Jones.

Centre-half Hammar lined up for Sweden on Wednesday afternoon against his club teammate Jones, who continued his reign as captain of Wales.

And it was Hammar that came out on top, with the tall defender even getting on the scoresheet in a 3-1 win.

Sweden now face Russia on Friday and Slovenia on Monday, while Wales face the same opponents in reverse order.

Meanwhile, summer recruit Ben McLaughlin is in the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad for their trio of qualification group matches.

The 17-year old right-back could face Luxembourg on Thursday, Macedonia on Saturday and Germany on Tuesday.

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