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Celtic come from behind to claim top spot

Celtic FC 2

Thomson, McLaren

Ayr United FC 1

McCarthur
  • Sunday, 16 February 2014
  • Barrowfield
  • Under 19´s
  • SPFL West League Cup Section

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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Celtic came from behind to beat Ayr United in the League cup, The Hoops had already won two and lost one previous to the game with Ayr, so they knew a win here would take them to the top of the West region section. Goals from Connor McLaren and skipper Joe Thomson were enough to secure Celtic claimed top spot ahead of their game next week were they travel to Queens Park.
 
Early morning breeze at Barrowfield wasn't the perfect way to get the players from both teams hyped up for this game and it showed in the early stages and neither side were looking to go all out and looked pretty happy to just keep possession of the ball and try make the other team work perhaps forcing a mistake.
 
Celtic looked to us the channels to look for goals and they came close when Connor McLaren showed a good burst of pace to create himself space for a cross, hiss ball it to the danger area was met by his skipper Joe Thomson who's attempt was saved well by the Ayr United goalie.
 
Andrew Muir bombed forward for Ayr and his attempt on goal was tipped just on to the bar by the massive Celtic keeper.
 
Shortly after the Celtic bar was rattling it was the turn of Ayr's keeper to tip a shot on the woodwork, after some great work in the midfield Regan Hendry found space to get a shot away but he could only watch his attempt be fantastically touched on to the crossbar by Bobby McLatchie in the United goal.
 
Just when it looked like both teams would be going in to the half time break without a goal the visitors opened the scoring when some poor defending from Celtic led to Ayr being awarded a free kick just outside the box, the delivery was great less can be said about Celtic's clearance as a Hoops played fired the ball straight off Josh McCarthur and in to the back of the net.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 0-1
  • Ayr United FC
Celtic must have had a worth while team talk at half time as they came out for the second forty five all guns blazing and it paid off when a great cross from the right hand side was caught perfectly on the volley at the edge of the box by Joe Thomson who smashed past McLatchie in the Ayr goal to level the scores.
 
Stunned by an early response from Celtic the away side couldn't get back in to their style of play and lacked composure this showed for Celtic's second goal as some great passing football from Celtic the ended in Connor McLaren being aloud far to much time outside the box and the midfielder curled his shot off the post and in to the net.
 
Ayr seemed to be getting a bit frustrated and started giving away some silly fouls, some strong tackles going in from both sides kept the referee busy.
 
Chances were limited towards the end of the game and Ayr United, who were looking for a equaliser, were picking up more bookings than creating chances. Celtic saw out until the final whistle to seal the victory and climb to the top of the section.
 
Next up for Ayr is a home tie against Clyde, whereas Celtic make the short trip to visit Queens Park.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 2-1
  • Ayr United FC

Lineups

Celtic FC
Ayr United FC
1. Colin McCabe
2. Sam Wardrop
3. Kieran Tierney
4. Aaron Comrie
5. Jack Breslin
6. Jamie McCart
7. Connor McLaren
8. Joe Thomson
9. Ryan Boyd
10. Regan Hendry
11. Conor Mullen
12. Calvin Miller
14. Aidan Nesbitt
15. Jack Kirwan
1. Bobby McLatchie
2. Andy Muir
3. Jackson Longridge
4. Josh McCarthur
5. Craig McCracken
6. Peter McGill
7. James Finlay
8. Michael Wardrope
9. Stevie McCreadie
10. Mark Shankland
11. Craig McGuffie
12. Ryan Nisbett
14. Sean McKenzie
15. Ross Regan
16. Shaun Newman
Star Player
Celtic FC
Ayr United FC
Connor McLaren was superb on the wing for Celtic on the day and took his goal very well.
Josh McCarthur was solid at the back for Ayr always looked to find a good pass and even chipped in with a goal.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Ayr United FC
Thomson's volley from the edge of the box just wins it over McLaren's curler for me both equally as good though.
Muir's run from the back then composure to hit the shot which was turned on to the bar.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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