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  • Young Hoops defeated by Motherwell at Lennoxtown

    Young Hoops defeated by Motherwell at Lennoxtown

    By: Mark Henderson on 23 Apr, 2018 16:27

  • SPFL Development League
    Lennoxtown Training Centre
    Monday, April 23, 2018

    CELTIC...0

    MOTHERWELL...2
    (Hastie 3, 66)

    TEN-MAN Celtic were defeated 2-0 by Motherwell in the Development League today at Lennoxtown, with a brace from Jake Hastie doing the damage for the visitors.

    Hastie gave the Steelmen an early lead with an accurate finish after cutting in from the right, and the same player sealed the spoils for the Lanarkshire outfit in the 66th minute after Ross Doohan had saved David Turnbull’s shot.

    To compound the disappointment for Tommy McIntyre’s team, Kieran Campbell was given his marching orders late in the game for a second bookable offence.

    There were three changes to the team that drew with Ross County last week. Ross Doohan was restored between the sticks in place of Reece Willison, while Leo Mazis and Kieran Campbell came in for Kerr McInroy and Ewan Henderson as the Celts lined up in a 3-4-3 formation.

    However, within three minutes they found themselves behind as Motherwell midfielder Jake Hastie, drove into the box, danced beyond one challenge and finished into the far corner.

    Liam Brown threatened again for the visitors with a couple of efforts, before Thomas Caffrey had the first effort on goal for the Bhoys after a smart turn in the box, but the forward was foiled by goalkeeper Peter Morrison.

    Ross Dohan was also called into action around the half-hour mark to deny the Steelmen, which included a low save from Jamie Semple.

    At the other end, captain Robbie Deas wasn’t far away with a glancing header from Mazis’ free-kick, but the Fir Park side threatened again just before the break when Semple lashed over.

    Searching for a route back into the contest, the young Hoops made two changes for the start of the second-half, with Henderson and McInroy introduced for Cafrey and Mazis.

    McIntyre’s side started to grow in ascendency and Henderson had a shot saved by Morrison after a good passage of play. Jack Aitchison, having won the physical tussle with a defender, had an effort blocked, and Lewis Bell fired wide from 25 yards as the hosts started to exert some sustained pressure.

    But just before the midway point of the half, the away side doubled their advantage. Stephen Welsh’s clearance was intercepted and, although Doohan managed to parry David Turnbull’s strike, Hastie was on hand to bury the rebound.

    Mikey Johnston did his best to provide an instant response for the young Celts, weaving his way into the box and pulling the trigger but Morrison was equal to the task.

    As the game entered its closing stages, Doohan was called into action again to turn Shea Gordon’s header round the post. With frustration growing among the Bhoys, Campbell saw red with 10 minutes left on the clock for a second booking after a tackle on Gordon.  

    That extinguished any lingering hopes they had of salvaging something from the match, with Doohan making several more smart saves as the clock ticked down. The young Celts will now look to return to winning ways on Thursday, when they play St Johnstone.

    CELTIC (3-4-3) Doohan; Duffy, Welsh, Deas; Campbell, Mazis (McInroy 46) Bell, Church; Caffrey (Henderson 46), Aitchison, Johnston
    Not Used: Willison, Otoo, Cusick.

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