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  • Young Celtic cruise to victory over St Mirren

    Young Celtic cruise to victory over St Mirren

    By: Newsroom Staff on 29 Jan, 2018 20:44

  • SPFL Development League
    Cappielow, Greenock
    Monday, 29 January, 2018

     

    CELTIC…2

    (Aitchison 42, Diver 52)

    ST MIRREN…0

    TOMMY McIntyre’s young Celts returned to winning ways after sweeping aside St Mirren at Cappielow.

    Jack Aitchison opened the scoring just before the break and Ciaran Diver doubled the lead in the second half.

    McIntyre made three changes from the side that lost to Dundee United almost three weeks ago with Wallace Duffy, Regan Hendry and Diver starting in place of Jamie McCart, Kerr McInroy and Ewan Henderson.

    The Saints started the game with intent as they pressed the Celtic backline in the hope of forcing a mistake but the Hoops remained organised and it wasn’t long before they created their first chance of the game.

    Daniel Church picked out Diver inside the box with a fantastic cross from the left the Celtic forward’s glancing touch was heading for goal before the outstretched keeper made a crucial diving save.

    As the half progressed Celtic began to dominate proceedings with slick, accurate passing in the middle of the pitch which frustrated their opponents and led to numerous fouls.

    Celtic remained patient in possession as they searched from an opening which seemed inevitable, particularly with some good runs from Broque Watson and Church.

    The first goal almost came from a corner when Stephen Welsh and then Aitchison saw their shots blocked inside the box. Minutes later St Mirren were spared when a flashing header was sent just over the crossbar.

    Ryan Mullen was rarely troubled in the Celtic goal, despite St Mirren’s best efforts and when called upon the Hoops stopper pulled out a magnificent save 10 minutes before the break.

    Celtic were finally rewarded for their patience when Aitchison latched on to a loose ball at the back. His first shot was saved but the 17-year-old slotted home the rebound.

    Brogue Watson came close to doubling the lead early in the second half when he controlled the ball wonderfully before working his way into the box and firing off a low right footed shot which was saved comfortably.

    It took Celtic less than 10 minutes from the restart to find the back of the net again though. A short free-kick on the edge of the box resulted in two fantastic saves from the St Mirren keeper but Diver pounced to poke home the rebound.

    Two further chances alluded Celtic as captain Robbie Deas headed wide form a Watson free-kick and later Watson showed great intelligence and skill to fashion a chance inside the box which was saved.

    The St Mirren keeper was sent off midway through the half for abuse towards the official and from there Celtic controlled the game as they dominated possession and rained down on the St Mirren goalmouth with numerous chances which were unfortunate not to find the back of the net and increase the lead.

    Celtic: (4-2-3-1) Mullen, Duffy, Welsh, Deas, Church, Bell (Potter 80), Hendry, Aitchison, Campbell (Robertson 72) Watson, Diver
    Not Used: Willison , Kerr

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