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  • Young Celts pay the penalty at Forthbank

    Young Celts pay the penalty at Forthbank

    By: Mark Henderson on 30 Mar, 2018 15:55

  • SPFL Development League
    Forthbank Stadium, Stirling
    Friday, March 30, 2018

    MOTHERWELL...1
    (Turnbull pen. 73)

    CELTIC...0

    CELTIC’S Development Side slipped to a 1-0 defeat away to Motherwell at Forthbank, with David Turnbull’s second-half penalty proving the difference between the sides.

    The Motherwell midfielder converted from the spot in the 73rd minute after Wallace Duffy had been penalised for fouling James Scott in the box.

    Tommy McIntyre’s team were unable to fashion an equaliser in the remainder of the contest, and they will now look to bounce back on Monday when they face Hibernian at Cappielow.

    Ross Doohan started between the sticks in the only change to the team that dispatched Kilmarnock 4-0-0 before the international break. The goalkeeper, who part of the Scotland U21 squad for their game against Andorra, replaced Ryan Mullen.

    Up front, Jack Aitchison led the line, fresh from bagging three goals for Scotland U19s during their UEFA European Championship elite round fixtures.

    Chances were at a premium in the opening exchanges, though Daniel Church and Broque Watson did attempt to provide some thrust down the flanks with some purposeful runs.

    At the other end, Doohan made a comfortable stop from James Scott’s shot from the edge of the box as both defences remained on top.

    Operating in the No.10 role, Ewan Henderson looked the most likely to provide a spark of creativity for the visitors, and he almost handed the young Hoops the lead nine minutes before the interval.

    After some crisp passes, the young midfielder received the ball around 20 yards from goal and flashed an effort narrowly wide of the post.

    Just minutes into the second half, McIntyre’s team came even closer to taking the lead as Watson smashed a volley on target, following a cross from the left, and only a superb reflex save from home goalkeeper, Rohan Ferguson, denied the winger.  

    Lewis Bell then tried his luck from distance after Scott had fired high and wide at the other end for the hosts.

    As the game moved beyond the hour-mark, the Steelmen enjoyed a period of pressure, and a dangerous from Kyle MacDonald saw Shea Gordon make an acrobatic attempt, which was blocked by Robbie Deas.

    With 20 minutes remaining on clock, Doohan came to the Bhoys’ rescue, racing quickly from his line to block Alfredo Agyeman’s shot after Gordon had sent the forward scampering clear.  

    Moments later, they broke the deadlock. Duffy was penalised for a foul on Scott in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, with Turnbull finding the corner from the penalty kick.

    The young Celts tried to mount some late pressure in search of salvaging something from the game but it was to be a frustrating afternoon in Stirling as the hosts claimed all three points.   

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Doohan; Duffy, Welsh, Deas, Church; Bell, McInroy; Watson (Caffrey 74), Henderson, Savoury; Aitchison
    Not Used: Willison, Campbell, Diver, Potter, Mazis

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