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  • Super subs fire Celtic to Reserve Cup victory over Ross County

    Super subs fire Celtic to Reserve Cup victory over Ross County

    By: Newsroom Staff on 09 Oct, 2018 16:24

  • SPFL Reserve Cup
    First Round
    Highland Football Academy, Dingwall
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    ROSS COUNTY … 0

    CELTIC … 2
    (Mazis 72, Savoury 90+3)

    SUPER subs Leo Mazis and Grant Savoury fired Celtic to victory in the Highlands in the second fixture of the Reserve Cup group-stages, both of them coming off the bench in the second-half to score the goals to give the Hoops a 2-0 win over Ross County.  

    Mazis opened the scoring just six minutes after coming on before Savoury netted in added time. It was the perfect response from Tommy McIntyre’s side after losing their first game to Aberdeen, and in a hard-fought contest at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall, it was a thoroughly-merited win.

    It was Celtic who started the game on the front foot, with Daniel Church playing an inviting cross into the box which just evaded Jack Aitchison, and the striker came close on seven minutes, but his shot was well-saved by the County keeper.

    Ryan Mullen in the Celtic goal was called upon after 18 minutes, twice denying the home side with superb saves. The Highland side had the ball in the net two minutes later but it was ruled out for a foul on Mullen, who required treatment. Thankfully, he was able to continue.

    Aitchison was looking lively in attack for Celtic, but found the Ross County goalkeeper equal to every shot he fired on goal, while Tommy Caffrey had the last chance of the first-half, but his effort was blocked by a defender.

    Celtic’s goalkeeper was involved in the action early in the second-half as Ross County pushed forward, while Celtic had a penalty claim waved away on 52 minutes after the ball appeared to strike a County defender.

    The home side came close to breaking the deadlock on the hour mark, but a goal-bound header was cleared off the line, and after coming on to replace Henderson on 64 minutes, Leo Mazis scored the opening goal of the afternoon, meeting Kerr McInroy’s cross to put the Hoops in front. Two minutes later, only the goalkeeper denied the Australian his second of the afternoon.

    As the game went into injury-time, and Ross County desperately searching for an equaliser, it was Celtic who doubled their lead when Grant Savoury was quickest to react to a loose ball inside the box, firing home to make it 2-0 to the Hoops.

    CELTIC: Mullen, Bell, Church (Deas 80), Duffy, Welsh, Hill, Caffrey (Savoury 58), McInroy, Aitchison, Henderson (Mazis 64), Robertson.
    Subs: Willison, Crossan, Diver, Kennedy.

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