CelticFC

Mr Green
Mr Green
New Balance Logo
Dafabet Logo Magners Logo
Mr Green
  • Back
  • Show All
  • First Team
  • Reserve Squad
  • Academy
  • Women's Team
  • Commercial
  • Match Reports
  • Tickets
  • View
Walfrids WishIndigo CommsCeltic FestivalPower of Paradise SidebarCTV
  • Oko-Flex at the double as Celtic reserves beat Falkirk

    Oko-Flex at the double as Celtic reserves beat Falkirk

    By: Tony Connelly on 06 Nov, 2018 16:01

  • SPFL Reserve Cup
    Tuesday, November 6, 2018
    Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk

    FALKIRK…1
    (Lewis 33)

    CELTIC…2
    (Oko-Flex 34, 49)

    CELTIC'S Reserve side came from behind to defeat Falkirk 2-1 in the SPFL Reserve Cup. The Hoops showed good character to respond to going a goal down and were deserving of the hard-fought victory.

    Dennon Lewis put the home side ahead just after the half-hour mark, but Armstrong Oko-Flex levelled the scoring moments later. And the yong Englishman netted his second of the game four minutes into the second-half, a strike that would ultimately prove to be the winner.

    Tommy McIntyre made five changes to the starting XI that defeated Queen of the South 4-0 in the Reserve League last week at Lennoxtown. Cieran Diver, Grant Savoury, Kerr McInroy, Barry Coffey and Conor Hazard were replaced by Armstrong Oko-Flex, Ewan Henderson, Mark Hill, Lewis Bell and Ryan Mullen.

    The home side pressed Celtic deep inside their own half in the early stages but the Hoops showed good composure under pressure and worked the ball up the pitch with some neat passing. Early chances for the Celts came from either wing. The first saw Wallace Duffy swing a low, driven cross into the box which was only inches too far in front of Jack Aitchison.

    Daniel Church caused the Falkirk defence problems out on the left, too, and he provided a good opportunity for Scott Robertson to score from a header, but the midfielder was unable to keep the ball down.

    Falkirk were forced to sit deep for long spells of the first half but the home side tried to hit Celtic on the counter-attack when they won possession. That strategy could have paid off were it not for an excellent save from Ryan Mullen who denied Dennon Lewis from close-range using his foot and some quick reactions.

    Armstrong Oko-Flex looked dangerous when he cut inside from the left and the 16-year-old forced a good save from the Falkirk goalkeeper when he tried to curl a shot into the bottom corner.

    But it was Falkirk who struck the first blow after winning a penalty. Wallace Duffy brought down Cieran Dunn inside the box and Dennon Lewis converted from the spot.

    They did not have the lead for long, though, as Celtic responded immediately. Ewan Henderson showed good skill to get a shot away from the edge of the area. Falkirk keeper Robbie Mutch got down low to make a good save but Oko-Flex darted in to knock the ball over the line.

    Celtic started the second half well and were soon in the lead. Scott Robertson did well to beat his man out on the right wing before drilling a cross into the box for Aitchison. The Falkirk defence cleared but Celtic scored from the resulting corner after Oko-Flex’s touch at the near post caught the keeper out and the ball snuck in at the far post.

    Possession was Celtic’s for large chunks of the second-half and they moved the ball about quickly as they searched for another opening in the opposition defence. The home side rarely threatened and when they did, the strategy seemed to be long balls up to their target man Lewis, but good defending from Church ensured he enjoy no clear cut opportunities.

    The introduction of PJ Crossan added another attacking threat up front for Celtic and the Hoops forward continued to ask questions of Mustapha Dumbuya. Crossan used his pace and strength to get by his marker on a couple of occasions but was unable to craft any real opportunities, and Celtic were unable to extend their lead.

    Celtic now have six points form three games in Group B of the SPFL Reserve Cup.

    FALKIRK: Mutch; Dumbuya, Dunne, Munro, Dallison, Russell, Sammut, Paton (Jarvis, 60) Haber, Lewis, Laverty.
    Not Used: Young, O’Hara

    CELTIC: Mullen; Duffy, Welsh, Deas, Church; Bell, Hill (Coffey 82), Henderson (Crossan 62); Robertson (Savoury 77), Oko-Flex; Aitchison.
    Not Used: Willison, Kennedy, Mazis, Diver

    Website Man of the Match: Armstrong Oko-Flex

    ad

    Most Read

    • Family’s immense sadness as Celtic legend Billy McNeill passes away

      Family’s immense sadness as Celtic legend Billy McNeill passes away

    • Billy McNeill – Celtic’s Greatest Ever Captain

      Billy McNeill – Celtic’s Greatest Ever Captain

    • Sir Alex Ferguson: Billy was a giant of Scottish football

      Sir Alex Ferguson: Billy was a giant of Scottish football

    • Kieran Tierney: As Celtic supporters, we will all miss Billy McNeill

      Kieran Tierney: As Celtic supporters, we will all miss Billy McNeill

    • Athletic Club honour Billy McNeill for his devotion to Celtic

      Athletic Club honour Billy McNeill for his devotion to Celtic