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  • Dominant Celts hit Alloa for eight in SFA Youth Cup

    Dominant Celts hit Alloa for eight in SFA Youth Cup

    By: Tony Connelly on 05 Nov, 2017 15:34

  • Scottish FA Youth Cup
    Third Round
    Indodrill Stadium, Alloa
    Sunday, November 5, 2017


    (McInroy 2, Aitchison 21, 33, Miller 47, 66, 68, Welsh 81, Henderson 83)

    CELTIC got the defence of their Scottish FA Youth Cup off to a magnificent start after brushing aside Alloa Athletic in the third round. The Young Hoops ran out 8-0 winners in a dominant display which could have included many more goals, given the number of chances created.

    Kerr McInroy opened the scoring early on before Jack Aitchison grabbed a double in the first-half. A hat-trick from Calvin Miller and goals from Stephen Welsh and Ewan Henderson completed an impressive display for the Celts, who will go into the fourth round draw high in confidence.

    Tommy McIntyre made one change to the side that face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Youth League in midweek, with Ross Doohan replacing Ryan Mullen in the Celtic goal.

    The young Hoops showed no sign of fatigue from their midweek game and started with a high tempo which the home side struggled to deal with, particularly in the wide areas. And it took Celtic just two minutes to find the back of the net when Mikey Johnston dribbled into the Alloa box and fired a low pass across the six-yard box. The clearance fell to Kerr McInroy on the edge of the area and the midfielder drove the ball into the bottom far corner.

    Alloa struggled to keep Celtic at bay and a second goal came midway through the first period when Ewan Henderson found enough time and space inside the penalty area to have a shot at goal and Jack Aitchison slid in to divert the ball beyond Andy Wilson in the Alloa goal.

    Goalscorer McInroy turn provider with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half to help extend Celtic’s advantage. The midfielder shrugged off a challenge out wide and drove into the Alloa box where he slipped the ball to Jack Aitchison. With his back to goal, the Hoops striker turned and fired the ball beyond Wilson to grab his second of the afternoon.

    There was to be no respite in the second-half for Alloa who found themselves further behind two minutes after the restart. A free-kick out wide on the edge of the area was cleared only as far as Calvin Miller who fired the ball across goal and into the bottom corner.

    As the game progressed the Wasps saw less of the ball and Celtic continued to assert their quick passing on the home side. Miller grabbed his second midway through the second-half when he lashed the ball into the top corner from just inside the box.

    The Hoops defender completed his hat-trick minutes later when he sprinted down the left beyond the Alloa defence and fired a thunderbolt of a shot into the top far corner. Defender Stephen Welsh then compounded Alloa's misery with less than 10 minutes remaining when he scored from close-range.

    Ewan Henderson, who had been fantastic all afternoon, rounded off the scoring in the 83rd minute. His quick footwork and pace, which had troubled Alloa throughout the 90 minutes, carried him into the box and his shot across goal found the back of the net.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Doohan; Bell, Welsh, Deas, Miller; Hill, McInroy; Johnston (Caffrey 52), Hendry, E. Henderson; Aitchison (Savory 52)
    Subs: Willison, Duffy, Watson, Potter

    Alloa Athletic (4-3-2-1) Wilson; Pow, Kearney, Connelly (Burns 89), Fagan; McKenzie, Greene, Sinclair; Cunningham, Monaghan (Fell 76); Martin
    Subs: Wylie, Bamba, Fee, Cairns, Reid

    Website Man of the Match: Calvin Miller


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