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  • Celts fall to defeat as St Johnstone grab late winner

    Celts fall to defeat as St Johnstone grab late winner

    By: Tony Connelly on 26 Apr, 2018 17:59

  • SPFL Development League
    Lennoxtown Training Centre
    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    CELTIC...1
    (Aitchison 76)

    St Johnstone...2
    (Docherty 59, Hamilton 80)

    THE CELTIC Development side suffered defeat at Lennoxtown after St Johnstone scored late in the second-half to take all three points. The visitors took the lead in the second half before Jack Aitchison drew the Hoops level but it wasn’t enough as the Saints snatched victory with 10 minutes remaining.

    Tommy McIntyre’s side started the game strong as they zipped the ball around their opponents in the blistery conditions.

    It didn’t take long before they began to find openings in the Saint’s defence as Leo Mazis tested the opposition keeper early on with a shot on the edge of the box. The St Johnstone keeper was kept busy for the duration of the first half as the Hoops front line bombarded the opposition goalmouth with a barrage of shots.

    Mazis had another great opportunity midway through the half when Daniel Church’s shot was pushed clear by the keeper and into the path of the young Australian. He tried to stab the ball over the line but the keeper had recovered well and was able to save again.

    Aitchison was a constant threat throughout the half, having tested the keeper himself before turning provider for Ciaran Diver. The Hoops striker was denied, though, as the opposition keeper pulled off an unconventional save with his feat.

    The Hoops made a sprightly start to the second half and defender Stephen Welsh resumed the goalscoring threat early on when he fired over from the edge of the box following a Henderson corner.

    But it was St Johnstone who took the lead when Docherty volleyed home from close-range.

    Celtic responded with plenty of attacking play and Daniel Church almost levelled following a fantastic solo run which forced a great save from the keeper. It was Aitchison who grabbed the equaliser when he received a pass inside the box, evaded a challenge and rifled the ball high into the net.

    However, St Johnstone restored their lead shortly after when Hamilton stole into the box and slipped the ball beyond Willison in the Celtic goal.

    The game ended as it had started, with Celtic dominating possession but being unable to come up with the end product in front of goal.

    CELTIC (4-1-4-1): Willison; Duffy, Welsh, Bell, Church; McInroy; Caffrey, Henderson, Aitchison, Mazis; Diver (Robertson 70)
    Subs: Hughes, Potter, Kennedy, Coffey

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