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  • Disappointment for Development Squad against Swansea City

    Disappointment for Development Squad against Swansea City

    By: Mathew Newton on 30 Sep, 2017 16:31

  • Premier League International Cup
    Landore Training Ground, Swansea
    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    SWANSEA CITY… 6
    (McBurnie 37, Fulton 49, Dyer 74, 85, James 80, 90)

    CELTIC… 0

    CELTIC started their Premier League International Cup campaign with a defeat in Wales against Swansea Under-23s. An experienced Swans side scored five second-half goals to claim a convincing 6-0 victory following a closely-fought opening 45 minutes. 

    After earning an impressive win in the UEFA Youth League in midweek over Anderlecht, it was another step up for Tommy McIntyre’s young side.

    Former Celt Ki Sung-Yueng started against the Hoops, with the Korean midfielder building his fitness up following an injury lay-off, while fellow Swansea senior player, Nathan Dyer, also lined up for the hosts.

    A young Celtic side featured first-team experience in the form of Liam Henderson, Calvin Miller and Kundai Benyu. Regan Hendry continued to captain the side, having scored in the victory over Anderlecht on Wednesday, while Jack Aitchison spearheaded the attack in the No.9 shirt. Midfielder Mark Hill was switched to centre-half for the tie.

    After a tight opening to the game, the first real chance came for the home side. Dyer found space just inside the Celtic area but the winger, a Premier League winner previously with Leicester City, could only fire a low shot into the arms of goalkeeper Reece Willison.

    Minutes later, the Welsh side had another good opportunity to take the lead. Jordon Garrick cut inside from the left but saw his effort go just wide of the post. Swansea striker Oliver McBurnie caused problems for the Hoops defence with his height, directing two headers on goal in the opening 20 minutes.

    Both teams looked to impose a possession-based game and build from the back, while Swansea’s wide-men Garrick and Dyer swapped sides regularly to keep the Celts guessing. Willison produced a strong save to deny Ki’s drilled shot from a tight angle on 30 minutes. The Swans continued the pressure with a succession of corners, but Celtic defended them well.

    It was McBurnie who eventually broke the deadlock. The Scotland Under-21 internationalist found the top corner with a powerful left-footed strike on 37 minutes to give Swansea the advantage. Ki forced another save from Willison moments after the hosts went ahead, but the Celtic keeper gathered the 25-yard effort and held on to the ball well.

    The Hoops started the second-half well and almost had an equaliser straight after the restart. Mikey Johnston instigated a quick break, feeding Benyu into the box. Johnston reclaimed the ball from Aitchison and curled the ball towards the top left corner. His effort rattled down off the crossbar and was cleared away from danger.

    Moments later, Swansea doubled their lead through another Scotsman. Jay Fulton, the former Falkirk and Scotland youth internationalist, beat two men inside the area with some clever feet before calmly slotting the ball past Willison.

    Dyer claimed a third goal for the home side, placing the ball in the bottom corner of Willison’s net with a cool finish. Celtic continued to play the ball and created another chance when Benyu fired just over the bar on 76 minutes.

    Second-half substitute Daniel James got the fourth for Swansea before Dyer completed his brace. James rounded off the scoring with his second goal of the afternoon late on.

    CELTIC: Willison; Bell, Hill, Welsh, Miller; Thomson (McInroy 61), Hendry (c); Johnston (Watson 63), L Henderson, Benyu (Savoury 84); Aitchison. (4-2-3-1)
    Subs not used: Mullen, Duffy, Deas, Diver.

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