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  • Young Celts held to goalless draw by Dundee

    Young Celts held to goalless draw by Dundee

    By: Newsroom staff on 19 Dec, 2017 20:25

  • SPFL Development League
    Links Park, Montrose
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017



    CELTIC were held to a goalless draw away to Dundee as Tommy McIntyre’s young Celts ended the first half of the season unbeaten in the league. The Hoops came close on a number of occasions and began to control the game in the later stages but had to settle for a point in the end.

    Both teams pressed each other high up the pitch in the early stages and wasted little time in creating opportunities. PJ Crossan, who has been gaining first-team experience on loan at Alloa Athletic this season, almost put Celtic ahead inside the first minute after winning the ball on the byline. The Hoops striker showed great speed and strength to shrug off a challenge but his shot hit the side-netting.

    Dundee responded quickly and came within inches of grabbing a goal moments later. The home side won the ball after pressing Celtic deep inside their half and James Vincent was in enough space in the box to receive the cutback. Ross Doohan watched as the ball came off the inside off his post and the danger was quickly cleared.

    Anthony Ralston caused problems for Dundee down the right with his willingness to run at the opposition defence. Midway through the half he sped past his man and fired a great ball across the Dundee box. No Hoops players were able to get on the end of it but the ball almost found the top corner.

    Five minutes later he again burst past his man and swung a dangerous ball into the box for Crossan, but the pass was cleared for a corner before he could get on the end of it.

    Dundee continued to press Celtic throughout the half which afforded McIntyre’s side the opportunity of catching their opponents on the counter attack. Just before half-time Ewan Henderson showed impressive pace to make up the distance and win the ball ahead of the Dundee defence. He controlled the ball well and cut it back for Watson but his shot was blocked.

    The fast pace of the game continued into the second half as both teams went in search of a goal. Robbie Deas made a vital tackle shortly after the restart when a looping ball was played over the Hoops defence to the feet of Jack Lambert who looked to be through on goal. The Celtic defender responded quickly, though, and blocked the shot.

    He almost made an equally important contribution at the other end when his header from a Celtic free-kick forced a great reaction save from Colum Ferrie in the Dundee goal.

    Celtic saw more of the possession in the second half and looked to have found their rhythm as they pressed the opposition defence. Jack Aitchison replaced PJ Crossan in attack and the young striker quickly showed what he was capable of as he linked up well with Ewan Henderson. A great ball over the top of the Dundee defence almost sent Aitchison on his way but the keeper rushed off his line to thwart the danger.

    Aitchison’s best opportunity came five minutes from the end when he worked space for himself inside the box and fired a shot across goal, forcing a great save from the keeper.

    McIntyre’s side go into the winter break, having won five and drawn only one of their six league games so far. Their next fixture will be Ross County at home on January 22 in what will be a busy second half to the season, where they will have to play their eight games in hand.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Doohan; Ralston (Bell 61), Duffy, Deas, Church; Hill, McInroy; Henderson, Hendry, Watson (Savoury 84), Crossan (Aitchison 61).
    Not Used: Willisom, Diver, Caffrey, Welsh

    DUNDEE (4-3-2-1) Ferrie; Dryden, Rice, Gadzhalou, Waddell; Moore, Curren; Vincent, Henvry, Lambert; Wolters.
    Not Used: Gourlry, Cameron, Anderson, Smith, Barry, Mooney

    Website Man of the Match: Robbie Deas


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