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  • Oko-Flex hits the mark as Reserves beat Killie at Rugby Park

    Oko-Flex hits the mark as Reserves beat Killie at Rugby Park

    By: Newsroom Staff on 25 Feb, 2019 16:26

  • Scottish Premiership Reserve Leagu
    Monday, February 25, 2019
    Rugby Park

    KILMARNOCK… 0

    CELTIC… 1
    (Oko-Flex 37)

    FOR the second time in just over a week, Celtic recorded a 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. This time it was Tommy McIntyre’s reserve side who triumphed, with Armstrong Oko-Flex scoring for the second consecutive game to give the Hoops all three points.

    After an initial burst of attacks at either end, it was Celtic who had the ball in the net after just eight minutes when Marvin Compper slotted the ball home from close-range following a Scott Allan free-kick, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

    Just three minutes later, the lively Oko-Flex came close with an effort as Celtic began to exert some dominance, with Karamoko Dembele also proving tricky for the home side to handle.

    Jack Aitchison came close to scoring just before the half-hour mark after he cut in from the left, but his effort went narrowly wide.

    However, on 37 minutes, the Hoops got the all-important opener. Captain Kerr McInroy picked out Armstrong with a wonderful 30-yard pass, and the young Englishman coolly finished with a deft header.

    Killie pushed forward in search of an equaliser before the break, but the Hoops defence stood firm under pressure.

    Into the second-half and Dembele came close on 48 minutes with a fierce strike which produced a superb save from Devlin Mackay, while there were also chances for Oko-Flex and McInroy.

    Dembele came close again on 56 minutes following a goalmouth scramble, but he couldn’t get his effort over the line, and he came even closer on 70 minutes with another great effort, with Mackay pushing it on to the bar.

    The home side continued to press when possible in search of an equaliser and both Higgins and Monk came close with headers, before their best chance on 88 minutes, with Graham’s goal-bound header producing a top-class save from Hoops keeper, Ryan Mullen.

    And in the final minute, Killie hit the bar as Celtic hung on for a hard-fought but well-deserved victory.

    KILMARNOCK: Mackay, McLevy, Deveney, Barlow, Lynch, Higgins, Brindley, Barr, Graham, Frizzell, McDonald.
    Subs: Jamie Walker, Monk, Rennie, Josh Walker, Shields, A.Taylor, Campbell

    CELTIC: Mullen, Hill, Compper, Welsh, Church, McInroy, Allan, McLaughlin (Mazis 76), Dembele, Oko-Flex, Aitchison.
    Subs: Willison, Kennedy, Savoury

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