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Red hot Albion see off Hoops in clinical Scottish Cup display

Banks O'Dee Albion 5

Wood 4, Pirie 23, Ross 62, Shrive 68, Duffy 81

The Celtic BC 2

Murphy 29, Ocampo 71
  • Saturday, 03 December 2016
  • Spain Park
  • Under 17´s
  • inspiresport SYFA Cup - R5
Last year's Scottish Cup finalists Banks O’Dee Albion were looking to make their way into the last 8 of the competition when they hosted The Celtic Boys Club at Spain Park on Saturday afternoon. Many had tipped Albion to breeze through the tie however Celtic were not to be underestimated and created the hosts problems which led to a good game of football.
It was a frantic start to the game with Celtic having a few set pieces in the opening few minutes in which Albion dealt with.
The hosts were to have the cutting edge though and took the lead after 4 minutes in which Connor Wood rifled home from. Mark Reid played a wonderful ball into the winger who did the rest by firing the ball past Zahid Choudry.
Celtic were keen to hit back and forward Liam Murphy turned his marker before his powerful shot towards goal went straight at Vitali Sahhalevits. Banks O’Dee Albion were missing captain Cameron Imrie with Lewis Duffy and Andy Wood in at centre half. They had to deal with a bit of pressure from Celtic however did there duties as instructed.
Albion then doubled their advantage after Calum McKenzie went on a mazy run and his perfectly delivered cross went into the pathway of Greg Pirie who guided the ball home from a few yards. A good team goal and it gave the hosts some respite.
Celtic reduced the lead though after a free kick from Roan Fitzpatrick found Liam Murphy who headed into the far bottom left hand corner after 30 minutes. Game on!
The game had a couple of tasty moments during the first half and then a challenge from Jason Ritchie on Mateusz Majchrzak set the game alight.  Suspicions at the time were that he broke his leg however it has emerged more likely to be twisted, with ligament damage. Ritchie got the ball and the player and referee Martin Campbell issued the right back with a booking.
  • Half Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 2-1
  • The Celtic BC
With only one goal between the sides as the 2nd half started, it was going to be an interesting half to follow. And there wasn't long before the next goal.
Connor Wood, fresh from opening the scoring, delivered in a great ball which caught the Celtic rear guard off and it found midfielder Ben Ross who guided home. It was reminiscent to the goal scored by Greg Pirie and it details what the team is about which is if you switch off they will punish you.
Albion then put the game to bed after Greg Pirie played in Alasdair Shrive who produced a great finish after the ball was played into the midfielder and he guided the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
Celtic then hit back after a Martin Cassells free kick smacked off the crossbar and the ball reached Dennis Ocampo who tapped the ball into an empty net.
This was always going to be Albion's day though and Lewis Duffy got in amongst the goal scoring pack by reaching out to Jason Ritchie's delivery and placing his header past Choudry.
The game ended on a sour note for Albion with Calum McKenzie getting sent off for foul and abusive language with a few minutes to go. Martin Campbell then blew for full time and the spectators had seen a typical cup tie with lots of activity in the game.
Rossvale got knocked out the Scottish Cup by Rothes Juniors last weekend however everyone associated with Banks O’Dee Albion won’t be taking it for granted. They have three big hurdles in order to win the cup.
Albion have been in smashing form in the Scottish Cup this season scoring 44 goals and conceding just 3. I think they have the best squad since starting competitive football and anyone who comes and watches the team will see that.
  • Full Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 5-2
  • The Celtic BC


Banks O'Dee Albion
The Celtic BC
Vitali Sahhalevits
Jason Ritchie
Lewis Duffy
Alasdair Shrive
Ben Ross
Andy Wood
Calum McKenzie
Greg Pirie
Calum Beattie
Connor Wood
Mark Reid
Cameron Ross
Reece Masson
Zahid Choudry
Calvin Lang
Luke Reilly
Bailey Harvey
Martin Cassells
Brian McLean
Roan Fitzpatrick
Dennis Ocampo
Connor Reid
Sonny Innes
Michael McLean
Alexander McDonald
Blane McDade
Niall Graham
Mateusz Majchrzak
Liam Murphy
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
The Celtic BC
Greg Pirie - Greg contributed to the team a lot in this encounter. Got his name on the scoresheet and also provided an assist, a real thorn for the Celtic defence.
Liam Murphy - Liam got his name on the scoresheet and really tested the Albion backline with pace, movement and his drive in the Albion box.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
The Celtic BC
Alasdair Shrive's goal was excellent and put the tie beyond the visitors.
Liam Murphy's header came just at the right time for the Hoops, as they fought back before the break.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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