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  • Bhoys bounce back with Hamilton victory

    Bhoys bounce back with Hamilton victory

    By: Mark Henderson on 23 Apr, 2015 19:59

  • SPFL Development League
    New Douglas Park, Hamilton
    Thursday, April 23, 2015


    (McCart 3, Fisher 68)

    GOALS in either half from Jamie McCart and Darnell Fisher saw Celtic’s Development Side dispatch Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park to leapfrog their opponents into second spot in the league.

    McCart converted from close range after Joe Thomson’s corner dropped for him at the far post as the young Hoops made a blistering start to the match.

    Hamilton goalkeeper Darren Hill made a series of saves to frustrate the Bhoys during the remainder of the first half and keep the hosts in touch.

    But he could do nothing to prevent Fisher from finding the net after the interval, the full-back’s fantastic finish from 18 yards leaving the shot-stopper rooted the spot as the young Hoops returned to winning ways following their Glasgow derby defeat on Monday night.

    Fresh from making his senior Celtic debut last night against Dundee, Kieran Tierney featured from the start, deployed in a more advanced position than the left-back berth he filled when coming on for the first team at Dens Park.

    Tom Rogic also returned to the starting XI after picking up a knock in the win over St Johnstone earlier this month, with six changes to the team that contested Monday night’s Glasgow derby.

    The inclusion of Lukasz Zaluska, Fisher, McCart and Aidan Nesbitt were the other alterations for the young Hoops. Leo Fasan, Sam Wardrop, Stuart Findlay, Jamie Lindsay, Calum Waters and Paul McMullan were the players to drop out.

    And it didn’t take long for one of the changes to make an impact as Frail’s side made a dream start to the contest.

    Goalkeeper Darren Hill was forced to tip Joe Chalmers’ hanging cross over the bar, and when the home side failed to deal with Joe Thomson’s corner, McCart on hand to bundle the ball home at the far post.

    Celtic were playing with plenty of confidence and purpose in the warm spring sunshine, and Rogic was next to threaten for the Bhoys, forcing Hill into a smart save with a stinging shot from 25 yards.

    Tierney delivered two inviting crosses from the left that forced the hosts into some hurried defending, before Rogic hammered another effort wide after driving towards the box.

    The young Hoops were finding plenty of joy down the flanks and a clever piece of skill from Fisher saw him evade his marker and fizz in a cross. It was retrieved by Tierney on the opposite wing but his attempt was charged down.

    Hamilton fashioned their first sight of goal in the 14th minute but Darren Smith was unable to keep his half-volley down, before Hill came to their rescue at the other end, rushing out to block Chalmers’ shot after the full-back had been played in by Tierney. From the resultant corner, Kelleher glanced inches wide.  

    Calm and composed in possession, Rogic had been a real source of invention, and a precise pass from the Australian internationalist picked out Duffy in the box but the forward was unable to steer his shot on target.

    Danny Armstrong and Eamonn Brophy forced Zaluska into action as Accies grew more into the contest, with Tierney and Chalmers replying for the visitors with efforts from distance.  

    Armstrong fired wide of the near post, the same player forced Zaluska to tip his shot over the bar and Craig Watson saw a header cleared off the line as the home side began to apply concerted pressure on Frail’s side.

    But the Bhoys finished the half strongly and only Hill’s heroics denied them a superb second goal after a fluent, flowing move.

    Rogic picked out Fisher on the right with a cross-field pass. He flicked the ball on for Nesbitt, who tried to loft the ball over the onrushing keeper, but the Hamilton shot-stopper was equal to it.

    Mark Hill replaced Rogic in midfield for the start of the second half and Frail’s side were quick out the traps, seeking the comfort of a two-goal cushion.

    However, despite getting into some promising positions, it took until the 54th minute for them to glean a sight of goal, with Thomson glancing Fisher’s cross wide.  

    There was less fluency and goalmouth action than the first half, with proceedings now being punctuated by fouls. But a moment of magic from Fisher doubled Celtic’s advantage.

    Surrounded by a host of Hamilton defenders on the edge of the box, the full-back twisted and turned to manufacture a yard of space, before lashing the ball into top corner.

    With Accies committing more men forward in search of a route back into the game, the away side threatened to add to their tally on the counter attack.

    Nesbitt had their best effort, cutting inside and attempting to find the far corner but Hill was able to keep him at bay.

    The home side had a late flurry of efforts as the clock ticked down, with Ronan Hughes seeing a shot disallowed for a foul on Zaluska, but the youths held firm to claim all three points and bounce back from Monday’s derby reversal.

    CELTIC (4-3-3) Zaluska; Fisher (Waters 74), Kelleher, McCart, Chalmers; Thomson, McManus Rogic (Hill 46); Nesbitt, Duffy, Tierney (McGrath 63)
    Not Used: McGrath, Doohan, Wardrop, Miller, Hendry

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