Celtic Boys Club strolled to a 7-1 win over Kilbowie Union thanks to a fantastic performance from their left winger Anthony McLauchlin.
The youngster scored two brilliant individual goals for the Bhoys and pulled the strings whenever he was on the park, inspiring his team to victory.
Celtic kicked off at Bothwellhaugh and dominated the early exchanges. The first real chance of the match fell to McLaughlin after he sprinted down the left wing. He fired a left-footed shot at the near post but saw his effort run wide.
Just a minute later, Union goalie Connor Keaney pulled off an impressive double save to keep the scores level. Celtic forward Liam Woods broke down the left and fired at goal, but Keaney was equal to it and parried the ball away.
Striker Alan Mackie was waiting in the box and collected the ball with his back to goal. He pivoted and fired from close range, but Keaney once again blocked the attempt on goal.
Kilbowie then took the lead in spectacular fashion. The ball moved around the Celtic box before falling to Union forward Ben Vine at the edge of the box. Vine hit a looping half-volley that gave Celtic keeper Nathan Caldwell no chance before dipping just under the bar.
Celtic kept their high level of performance going and were unfazed being a goal down. They created chance after chance, yet the ball somehow stayed out of the Kilbowie net.
Stuart Tollet came close for the Hoops after being played through for a one-on-one by Woods. The striker rolled the ball past the onrushing Keaney but the ball struck the right-hand post and rolled slowly out. Tollet got to the ball first and shot again from a very tight angle, but the ball rolled across the goal line and out for a goal kick.
Celtic kept pushing for an equaliser but to no avail. McLaughlin looked dangerous every time he got the ball; bamboozling defenders with his neat footwork while creating chances for his teammates.
McLaughlin got the assist when Celtic found the net shortly before half-time. The winger sprinted down the left and played in Woods, who calmly rolled the ball past Keaney’s inside post.
The referee soon blew for half-time with the scores at one apiece, despite Celtic’s dominance.