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  • Disappointment for young Celts with Dons defeat

    Disappointment for young Celts with Dons defeat

    By: Tony Connelly on 20 Feb, 2018 08:01

  • SPFL Development League
    Cappielow, Greenock
    Monday, February 20, 2018

    CELTIC…1
    (Hendry 36)

    ABERDEEN…4
    (S. Ross 4, Anderson 48, E. Ross 63, 85)

    CELTIC'S Development Squad suffered a 4-1 loss to Aberdeen in the first meeting between the two sides this season. The Dons grabbed an early lead through Seb Ross which was cancelled out by Regan Hendry’s first-half equaliser. Aberdeen reaffirmed their lead just after the restart through Bruce Anderson and Ethan Ross increased their advantage with a further two goals.

    With so many games to catch up on due to Celtic’s involvement in the UEFA Youth League in the first half of the season, and on top of several postponed games, the Bhoys came into the game against Aberdeen just four days after beating St Mirren 3-0 away from home.  

    The packed run of fixtures led Tommy McIntyre to make a total of seven changes from that game, with Reece Willison, Max Potter, Robbie Deas, Leo Mazis, Kerr McInroy, Thomas Caffrey and Ewan Henderson dropping out.

    Aberdeen found the back of the net inside five minutes when Toby Wells slipped the ball to Seb Ross inside the Celtic box, and the Aberdeen midfielder stabbed the ball home from close range.

    Celtic responded well and took control of the game as they dominated possession with some organised passing and good attacking play.

    Jack Aitchison came close to levelling the score midway through the half after controlling a looping ball over the top of the Dons defence before shooting from the edge of the area, but Archie Mair pulled off a good save to deny the Celtic striker.

    Tommy McIntyre’s side stepped up the pressure as the half unfolded and Aitchison came close again when a brilliant run Daniel Church led him to pick out his team-mate at the near post but Aitchison’s shot was blocked. And Hendry grabbed the well-deserved equaliser with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half.

    The second half was only three minutes in when Aberdeen took the lead thanks to Bruce Anderson, who took a touch inside the box before firing low past Mullen’s right-hand post.

    From there the game opened up more as Aberdeen looked to increase their lead while Celtic fought for a way back into the game. Hendry almost found it with a right-footed effort from the edge of the penalty area but the Dons keeper made another important save.

    At the other end Aberdeen increased their lead when Scott Anderson and Connor McLennan linked up well to gift Ethan Ross with a golden opportunity and the young midfielder, who looked to be offside, slotted home to make it 3-1.

    Celtic’s determination to find a way back into the game never wavered and the Bhoys continued to pile the pressure on the visitors but nothing was coming off for them in the final third.

    The fourth goal for the visitors came when Ethan Ross cut inside from the left before firing beyond Mullen in the Celtic goal.

    CELTIC (4-3-2-1) Mullen, Bell, Church, Duffy, Welsh, Hendry (C), Savoury, Kennedy, Diver, Aitchison, Watson.
    Not Used: Willison (GK), Kerr, Gibb, McQueen.

    ABERDEEN (4-5-1) Mair, Harrington, Wells, Campbell (C), MacPherson, Roscoe, Virtanen, S Ross, Anderson, E Ross, McLennan.
    Not Used: Craddock (GK), Dangana, Antoniazzi, MacKenzie, Chesser, Alexander, Barry.

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