Pride in defeat for Fulton

31/05/11 - 11053102 - SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION'SCOTLAND U15 v BELGIUM U15 (1-1)'DOUBLETREE DUNBLANE STADIUM - STIRLING'Jordan Hart in action for Scotland
31/05/11 - 11053102 - SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION'SCOTLAND U15 v BELGIUM U15 (1-1)'DOUBLETREE DUNBLANE STADIUM - STIRLING'Jordan Hart in action for Scotland

Shuttleworth College pupil Ryan Fulton took on the Auld Enemy as Scotland faced England in the Victory Shield on Friday night.

The 15-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper was handed a start for Scotland Under 16s at Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

And while England claimed a 4-2 win to clinch the shield - with Ryan admittedly at fault for the opening goal - he showed his strength of character in a gutsy display after returning from injury.

After a four-month spell on the sidelines after a knee operation, the sharpness is not yet back in his game, and he was somewhat thrown into the lion’s den against England.

Arsenal’s Jordan Brown capitalised on a slip by Ryan to fire the visitors ahead after seven minutes, and Brown’s club mate Alex Iwobi doubled the lead on 14 minutes, with a deflection leaving him with no chance, the ball looping over him.

Scotland pulled one back when Celtic’s Paul McMullan scored with a firm angled drive, but a fine finish from Brown just after the half-an-hour mark reclaimed England’s two-goal advantage.

Derby County’s Mason Bennett made it 4-1 with an impudent flick of his right boot, but almost immediately, Scotland were awarded a penalty when Max Clark felled McMullan inside the box and skipper Craig Storie confidently stroked the penalty home.

Father Brian said: “Ryan was thrown into the deep end, and although he made a mistake early on, he came back well and didn’t have a chance with the other goals.

“Nerves maybe got to him for the first goal, although conditions weren’t great - there was rain, sleet and snow, and it was bitterly cold.

“But he kept his head, his kicking was good, his communication was good and he came out to claim crosses.”

Ryan then flew straight down to Warwick to play for Liverpool in a 16-team Premier tournament, and next up is a game against Stoke City this weekend, before preparations start for Scotland and the Under 17 European Championships, which Ryan hopes to play a big part in.