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Coltswood progress to semi final after beating Celtic BC

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U16 James Bennet Memorial Cup 1/4 Final
10 January 2015
Coltswood travelled to Viewpark for this much anticipated quarter final Regional Cup clash against an on-form Celtic BC.  
You could have been mistaken for thinking this was an evening game as although kick-off was 10am, the floodlights were required as the weather was horrendous. 
This didn’t dampen the players spirits however, as the game got underway at a frantic pace. Coltswood started with Robbie O’Toole on the left side of midfield. Not his favoured position, but you’d never have known as he was controlling the midfield alongside captain Rhys Pryce, Keiran Hannaway & Luke Murphy in a familiar 4-4-2. 
The first twenty minutes was like a game of chess, each team looking for any chinks in their opponents armour. 
Although, the first real chance fell to Celtic as a ferocious low strike heading for the bottom left, was palmed away with a top-class save from Lucas (the goalie) Sanchez. 
Darren McLeish (Coltswood 9) & Darroch Murdoch (16) were desperately trying to find a way through a stubborn Celtic defence. 
Shots on target were unusually limited as both the plucky teams shut up shop in front of goal, cancelling each other out. 
However, Coltswood’s perseverance paid off on the half hour mark. A superb chip from Mr dependable, Luke Murphy, caught out Celtic’s defence as Darren anticipated the high ball and made a blistering run down the left.  Dazzler Darren still had some work to do as he chested the ball down, controlled it with his left foot and smashed a left foot shot from the edge of the box.  A left foot screamer from twenty five yards which beat Celtic’s keeper, top right and off the underside of the bar. 
Coltswood’s joy was short lived as within 5 minutes, Celtic’s Dylan McKinnon took advantage of a rare Coltswood defensive error and ran on to a loose ball, nut-megging a defender & calmly slotted near post after cleverly sending the keeper the wrong way. 
Ross Inglis & Keiran Hannaway were linking up well on the right and started asking questions of Celtic’s defence.  
In the dying minutes of the first half, Chris Purdie played a well weighted chip over Celtic’s defence, which Darren struck on the half volley, bottom right, but this cleverly worked goal was ruled out for off-side. 
Half Time: Celtic BC 1-1 Coltswood Athletic 
The second half saw Coltswood change to their more familiar home strip of blue & white as conditions favoured ducks rather than footballers. The parents didn’t have such luxury and had to brave another forty stormy rain-lashed minutes with what they had. 
Coltswood made the better start as they came out the traps flying. Coltswood’s captian Rhys Pryce, Chris Purdie & Darren McLeish linked up well with some nice triangular passing lead to Chris crossing the ball to the back post, which wasn’t dealt with by the Celtic defence & man-mountain Darroch Murdoch pounced on the loose ball to slot it past the keeper with his left foot. 
Coaches Jim McLeish & Colin O’Toole’s tactical changes throughout the game looked to be working, however, it was almost level again five minutes later as Celtic’s striker Dylan was through on goal, with the keeper beaten and an open goal to aim at, Coltswood defender Robbie McCann had other ideas as from no where, he threw himself at the line & somehow managed to deflect the ball from what appeared to be a certain goal. Robbie M was playing a blinder. 
This seemed to stir Coltswood as they went up another gear.  
Jim and Colin decided to change things again to a 4-5-1 and see the game out.  
Adam Gallagher & Szymon Piwnicki had to be at their best as Celtic were desperate to get at least a re-match. 
They contained Celtic’s left-hand side not giving them any chance of an attack. 
Lewis Watt came on for the second time as with tired Celtic legs, Lewis’ tricky footwork would cause tiring defenders nightmares. 
Celtic were looking a little jaded as the clock ticked down, which saw Coltswood have a late flurry of chances, the best of which were from captain Rhys’ twenty yard left foot volley just high over the cross-bar and Robbie McCann’s thirty yard blast which was handled well by the Celtic keeper Daniel Farrell. 
With five minutes to go and Coltswood trying to see out the game, Darren ran down the right and headed for the by-line. As he cut inside to make for goal, he was clattered to the ground. Penalty Coltswood. Darren stepped up and although the keeper went the right way, the strike was too powerful to keep out. 
3-1 in the end was a fair result & sees Coltswood progress to the semi-finals of The Regional Cup. With only one loss this season and in the hunt for four Cups & The League trophy, it will take a top team & great form to stop this well-oiled machine in its tracks.
Full Time: Celtic BC 1-3 Coltswood Athletic
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