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Classy Celts progress in UEFA Youth League

Celtic FC 3

Archibald 29' Miller 37' 83'

FC Felcsut 0

  • Sunday, 15 November 2015
  • Tony Macaroni Stadium, Livingstone
  • Under 19´s
  • UEFA Youth League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Celtic made three changes to the side that faced Felcsut at the Pancho Stadium in the first leg. Conor Hazard coming in for Colin McCabe between the sticks, and Daniel Higgins replacing Mark Hill in defence. Jack Breslin was moved forward into midfield for Thomson who saw red in the first leg, and Jack Aitchison playing up front.
 
The first forty five minutes were a tale of Celtic’s dominance, Felcsut seemingly unable to gain possession, and Celtic attacking at will. The ball was being passed about nicely at pace, with crosses being swung in from both wings. Unfortunately, no one was getting on the end of them and when they did, the half chances were wasted.
 
Celtic opened the scoring through Theo Archibald, then Calvin Miller gave his side a lead on the night and over both legs. The second half was a different story, Felcsut got their foot on the ball and gave Celtic plenty of problems. Chances were few for both sides, but it was Miller that netted to ensure Celtic’s place in the next round.
 
As the first whistle was blown, Miller made a surging run down the left side and sent a warning wide of the far post. The first proper attempt came for Celtic when Archibald swung the ball in for Aidan Nesbitt. He cut the defence with a ball through to Jack Aitchison who sent wide from ten yards.
 
Bence Szabo of FC Felcsut then exposed a gap in the Celtic defence, and ran straight through the centre. He unleashed from twenty five yards, and for a moment looked like it would beat Conor Hazard, but the big Celtic keeper easily plucked from the air.
 
The goal that everyone was anticipating, came on twenty nine minutes when Nesbitt played down the left for Aidan McIlduff. He sent the ball over to the far side of the penalty area for Archibald to gather, cut inside and send past Toth for a well earned lead.
 
Celtic extended their lead in the match and took the upper hand over the two legs. Aitchison received the ball and chipped it over his opponents head, rounded him and sent the ball down the wing for Miller to chase. He set off like a greyhound, and fractionally beat Toth to the ball out on the edge of the penalty area. He got a touch and enough power on the ball to send in from an unbelievably tight angle, and it may have taken a touch off the keeper, but what a goal it was to double their advantage.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 2-0
  • FC Felcsut
Celtic started better, but the second half was pretty even, with Felcsut troubling the Celtic defence without having any clear-cut opportunity. Jack Breslin went close when he headed over from a corner kick, then Archibald had a twenty five yard shot tipped past the post by Toth.
 
Celtic made the tie safe on eighty three minutes, and the crowd could finally rest easy as Miller scored his second of the evening. Breslin played the ball forward to him, twenty five yards from goal. He then beat his marker and struck past the keeper from fifteen yards to make it three.
 
Celtic now go into a one off home tie, against one of the runners up from UEFA Champion’s League path, with the victor’s securing themselves a berth in the last sixteen. But it’s back to SPFL action against St. Johnstone next week before facing Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League International Cup.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 3-0
  • FC Felcsut

Lineups

Celtic FC
FC Felcsut
1. Conor Hazard
2. Daniel Higgins
3. Aidan McIlduff
4. Jamie Daniel McCart
5. Fiacre Kelleher
6. Jack Breslin
7. Calvin Miller
8. Regan Hendry
9. Jack Aitchison
10. Aidan Robert Nesbitt
11. Theodore Archibald
12. Mark Hill
13. Colin Patrick McCabe
14. Innes Murray
15. Brandon Payne
16. Michael Johnston
17. Blair Kidd
18. Ciaran Lafferty
1. Balazs Toth
2. Bence Toth
3. Bence Pinter
4. Daniel Kertai
5. Noel Laszlo
6. Andras Erdei
7. Zsombor Bevardi
8. Bence Szabo
9. Bence Peter
10. Zsolt Ovari
11. Alex Damasdi
12. Renato Boros
13. Levente Mezossy
14. Ayrton De Oliveira
15. Bonifac Csonka
16. Adam Lipcsei
18. Keve Toth
20. Csaba Spandler
Star Player
Celtic FC
FC Felcsut
Calvin Miller - Troubled the Felcsut defence from the off set and scorer of good goal and one fantastic strike.
Alex Damasdi - Scorer of the goal in the first leg, had a few half chances on the Celtic goal.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
FC Felcsut
Calvin Miller's first goal, sent past keeper from a very tight angle and from a decent distance too.
Bence Szabo's twenty five yard lofted effort.
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