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Celtic hit seven past Kilbowie Union

Celtic BC 7

Woods 33', 70', Kelly 38', McLaughlin 46', 54', Lyons 57' Hainin 68'

Kilbowie Union 1

Vine 16'
  • Sunday, 17 September 2017
  • Bothwellhaugh
  • Under 13´s
  • Glasgow & District Division 1

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.

  • Half Time:
  • Celtic BC
  • 1-1
  • Kilbowie Union

Kilbowie came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half and were almost rewarded with a goal within two minutes. The ball rolled invitingly along the Celtic six-yard box where the Celtic defenders were desperately trying to clear the ball while the Kilbowie forwards attacked it. The ball ended up in the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed for pushing inside the box.

Then just a minute later, Celtic got the lead that their play merited. Winger Aaron Kelly broke into the box and shot but was denied by Keaney. The ball fell to Kelly’s feet and he stroked the ball in effortlessly at the second time of asking.

Celtic’s midfield continued to push forward as the Hoops has a few shots at goal from distance, but without any luck.

Celtic soon got their third thanks to an excellent solo goal from McLaughlin. The winger received the ball on the edge of the box with two Union defenders in his way. He dummied; beating one, before accelerating into the box for a one-on-one when he fired a left-footed shot that sailed over the Kilbowie goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Kilbowie went close to pulling one back after some good passing play. They worked the ball to Ryan Walsh who was waiting centrally, 20 yards from goal. Walsh fired a low shot at the bottom right corner but fired just wide of the target.

McLaughlin then got his second with another magnificent solo effort. He got the ball on the left 30 yards from goal and with three defenders in his way. With a deft touch and a low centre of gravity, the winger managed to skip by all his opponents and into the box, before calmly slotting the ball in the bottom right.

The Hoops were flying at this point and got their fifth just three minutes later. Celtic broke down the right and played the ball into Woods inside the box with his back to goal. The striker did well to hold off his defender and tee up Jared Lyons, who struck a low shot into the bottom left corner.

The Kilbowie defence remained under heavy pressure and eventually Celtic got their sixth.

Mackie sprinted down the right wing and did exceptionally well to beat his defender in the process, before sliding an inviting ball across the Union goal. Aiden Hainin was waiting at the far post and poked the ball home with ease.

Celtic then grabbed their seventh and final goal shortly before the full-time whistle. Conor O’Grady drove toward goal and got his shot away but was denied by the excellent Keaney. The ball bounced but only as far as Mackie, who instinctively headed the ball into the empty net.

The referee then blew for full-time and the match finished 7-1. Celtic looked imperious at times and it was an afternoon to forget for Kilbowie Union.

  • Full Time:
  • Celtic BC
  • 7-1
  • Kilbowie Union


Celtic BC
Kilbowie Union
1. Nathan Caldwell
20. Conor O'Grady
6. Aiden Whitters
5. Lewis McGinley
3. Jared Lyons
10. Liam Woods
8. Aaron Kelly
11. Anthony McLaughlin
17. Alan Mackie
9. Stuart Tollet
12. Aiden McNab
21. Aaron Harton
18. Jack Cox
16. Stefan Grant
7. Aiden Hainin
1. Connor Keaney
2. Craig Cumberland
10. Brodie Gallacher
9. Ben Vine
7. Cody Ferguson
8. Ryan Walsh
12. Conal McDiarmid
3. Barry Ballantyne
6. Jay Mortimer
14. Kyle Potts
4. Michael Kelly
5. Michael McCusker
11. Liam Dick
15. Scott Abraham
Star Player
Celtic BC
Kilbowie Union
Anthony McLaughlin- The nimble winger was the best player on the pitch, tormenting the Kilbowie defence whenever he had the ball. A truly excellent performance. Honourable mention for Aiden Whitters, who gave a commanding performance at centre back.
Connor Keaney - The keeper made a string of impressive saves and without him between the sticks, the score could have been even higher.
Magic Moment
Celtic BC
Kilbowie Union
McLaughlin's second was a thing of beauty. The winger slalomed past three Kilbowie defenders before an extremely composed finish.
Ben Vine's opener was a lovely strike that gave the Celtic keeper no chance.
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