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  • Second-half salvo sees young Celts defeat Dundee at Cappielow

    Second-half salvo sees young Celts defeat Dundee at Cappielow

    By: Mark Henderson on 10 Oct, 2017 20:50

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2017
    Cappielow, Greenock
    SPFL Development League

    CELTIC…2
    (Duffy 65, Watson 85)

    DUNDEE…0

    SECOND-HALF goals from Wallace Duffy and Broque Watson saw Celtic’s Development Side defeat Dundee 2-0 in torrential conditions tonight at Cappielow to maintain their 100 per cent start to the league campaign.

    Duffy headed home from a corner to open the scoring in the 65th minute, and Watson sealed the victory over the previously unbeaten visitors with five minutes left in the match after a fine run and finish.

    The young Hoops made the early running, with captain Regan Hendry, having two early efforts, the midfielder drilling a low shot wide from distance and then seeing his drive blocked.

    Jack Lambert replied for the away side by flashing an attempt narrowly wide, before Kerr McInroy struck the defensive wall with a free-kick and Hendry tried his luck again from long-range.

    Dundee then threatened when defender Julen Etxabeguren fired a free-kick over after Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Mullen had been penalised for a foul as he attempted to head clear a ball over the top.

    Fresh from his promotion to the bench for Celtic’s recent draw with Hibernian, Ewan Henderson showed his confidence as he evaded several challenges in the box but his shot was saved by shot-stopper Kyle Gourlay at his near post.

    Watson threatened for the hosts after fastening onto Joe Thomson’s pass, before the Dens Park outfit enjoyed a flurry of pressure prior as both teams went in deadlocked at the interval.

    And it was the visitors who emerged the brighter after the restart, with Jesse Curran sending a shot over and a number of other efforts raining in on Mullen’s goal.

    However, it was the Bhoys who made the vital breakthrough as Duffy dispatched a header into the net from a corner.

    Buoyed by the goal, Tommy McIntyre’s team grew in ascendency and, after some lovely work from substitute Jack Aitchison, Watson saw a shot sail inches over.

    Although Dundee tried to rally as the game entered its closing stages, the Hoops youngsters were always a menace when they countered and Henderson wasn’t far away after breaking forward from his own half.

    And they secured the three points after wonderful wing-play from Watson, who continued his weaving run into the box and then applied the finish.

    There was still time for Mullen to produce a superb stop from a header and Kerr McInroy to have a shot saved as the young Celts saw out a compelling contest to continue their impressive start to the season ahead of their return to UEFA Youth League action next week away to Bayern Munich.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Mullen; Duffy, Deas, Hill,  Welsh; McInroy, Thomson; Hendry, E. Henderson, Watson; Crossan (Aitchison 68).
    Not Used: Willison, Diver, Aitchison, Bell, Savoury, Campbell

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