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  • Celtic draw with Hibernian in Development League clash

    Celtic draw with Hibernian in Development League clash

    By: Newsroom Staff on 02 Apr, 2018 16:41

  • SPFL Development League
    Monday, April 2, 2018
    Cappielow

    CELTIC… 1
    (Watson 79)

    HIBERNIAN… 1
    (Allan 53)

    CELTIC and Hibernian drew 1-1 at Cappielow this afternoon (Monday) in the first part of a double-header between the sides, who meet again this Thursday in the semi-final of the Youth Cup.

    Today’s clash was a league game, and the Hoops had to be content with a share of the spoils despite dominating much of the match against a Hibs side who were reduced to 10 men after just three minutes when Sean Mackie was red-carded for a bad tackle on Grant Savoury, with the Celtic man was forced to come off just a few minutes later.

    Not surprisingly, with the numerical advantage, Tommy McIntyre’s side enjoyed the bulk of possession, although it was the visitors who came closest to scoring when they hit the bar just before the half-hour mark.

    As the half wore on, Celtic were creating more chances and in the 40th minute, Leo Mazis fired narrowly over after he’d been set up by Broque Watson. And on the stroke of half-time, Ewan Henderson tested the Hibs goalkeeper with a shot from 25 yards out that was well-saved.

    The 10 men of Hibs got a real boost just eight minutes into the second half when Lewis Allan opened the scoring. Celtic immediately pushed forward in search of an equaliser, and PJ Crossan was denied when the Hibs keeper dived bravely at his feet to deny him a chance inside box.

    But with 11 minutes of the match remaining, Celtic got the goal their efforts deserved. Thomas Caffrey did well down the left flank before playing the ball across the area into the path of the onrushing Watson, who fired home to level the game.

    The Hoops had further chances, with Watson and Caffrey both coming close, but the game finished 1-1.

    Now the sides meet again this Thursday, April 5 at the Hibernian Training Centre (KO: 12noon), with a place in the final of the Youth Cup at stake. Entry is free, so get along and cheer the Bhoys on to victory.

    CELTIC: Mullen, Potter (Duffy 62), Welsh, Deas (c), Church, Henderson, McInroy, Crossan, Mazis (Aitchison 62), Savoury (Watson 9), Caffrey.
    Subs: Willison, Bell, Diver, Campbell

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