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  • Young Celts dominate in stalemate with Ross County

    Young Celts dominate in stalemate with Ross County

    By: Newsroom Staff on 19 Apr, 2018 22:31

  • SPFL Development League
    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Cappielow Park, Greenock

    CELTIC…0

    ROSS COUNTY…0

    A DOMINANT Celtic side were held to a goalless draw by Ross County at Cappielow. The young Hoops enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but were unable to cap it off with a goal. Tommy McIntyre’s side have now kept a clean sheet in their last four outings, though the result curbs the momentum from their impressive 4-0 win over Dundee United three days ago.

    The Celtic Development Squad manager made four changes from Monday’s (April 16) game, with Reece Willison, Thomas Caffrey, Stephen Welsh and Jack Aitchison moving into the starting XI.

    Celtic made a spirited start to the game and passed the ball around the Staggies in the middle of the park but an organised opposition limited the number of clear-cut opportunities for the Bhoys.

    Still, Jack Aitchison looked a threat from the off and caused some problems early on. He created a great goalscoring opportunity when he fired off a shot inside the box which flashed across the face of goal with no takers.

    Despite their lack of possession, County were still able to fashion some chances. They came close to snatching a goal when Kyle Johnston cracked the crossbar from his free-kick 20 yards from goal.

    Mikey Johnston looked determined to gift himself a 19th birthday present in the shape of a goal and tormented the visitors for much of the game with wonderful dribbling that proved to be one of the few means of opening up the County defence.

    He forced Mark Foden into a fine save midway through the first-half after a brilliant run that ended with a short from the edge of the box. Later he turned provider when another great run culminated in him slipping the ball to Ewan Henderson who chipped a shot from 18 yards which Foden tipped over the bar.

    The Staggies goalkeeper had a busy start to the second-half and denied Aitchison again after the Hoops forward let off a good shot from the edge of the penalty area.

    Celtic’s attacked moved up a gear as the game progressed and a goal looked a certainty. Daniel Church came closest when cracked the post from his shot and then later fired another over after a scintillating run. Johnston was an ever-present threat and kept Foden busy with a couple of free-kicks while Willison at the other end ensured there was no upset by making a couple of fine saves.

    Celtic (4-2-3-1): Willison; Duffy, Welsh, Deas(c), Church; Bell (Robertson 82), McInroy; Caffrey (Mazis 61), Henderson, Johnston; Aitchison
    Not Used: Subs: Hughes, Potter, Kennedy, Campbell, Diver

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