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Celtic qualify for next round of UEFA Youth League

Celtic FC 1

Nesbitt 60'

HJK Helsinki 1

Ulmanen 85'
  • Tuesday, 20 October 2015
  • Toni Macaroni Arena, Livingston.
  • Under 19´s
  • UEFA Youth League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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The second leg of this UEFA Youth League tie was certainly not a match for connoisseurs and it ended in a tepid 1-1 draw, the contest effectively ending when Celtic went to Helsinki and came away with a 0-5 victory.
This may, or may not, have had a bearing on a game that was played everywhere but in the penalty areas, and it didn’t look like either side would score for long periods of the match. Nesbitt managed to get a lead for Celtic on the hour, along with his three from the first leg but Antti Ulmanen got an even more unexpected equaliser with five minutes left on the clock.
The young Celts started the match well, passing the ball across the back and moving it down the flanks. Theo Archibald probed the Helsinki defence with a cross into the six yard box for Aidan Nesbitt, but a HJK defender got to the ball first and cleared for a Celtic corner.
As the ten minute mark approached, Helsinki looked off the pace and hadn’t shown any signs of troubling the Celtic defence.  Celtic raced up field and won themselves a free kick close to the corner flag, Nesbitt struck the free kick into near post but Fiacre Kelleher headed over the cross bar from ten yards.
Helsinki showed their first signs of life when the ball was played forward to Karim Zine, he took a touch and shot from about eight yards but Mark Hill threw his body towards the ball, blocking for a corner kick.
Helsinki rapidly broke forward in numbers, Lassi Lappalainen ran wide before cutting back in and passing to Sebastian Dahlstrom who then sent his shot clear of the cross bar. The Finns then won a corner that Lucas Lingman played out toward the eighteen yard line, Roni Peiponen stormed in and awkwardly sent wide off the near post.
Celtic finished the half well but unfortunately couldn’t make any of their chances count. Thomson made a run and passed wide to McIlduff, Thomson continued with his run into the penalty area and McIlduff sent the ball toward him, but he headed over the crossbar from twelve yards.
With a couple of minutes left, Archibald attempted a twenty five yard shot on the Helsinki goal that took a deflection off Obed Malolo and out for corner. Then Celtic won a free kick just outside the penalty area, but Aidan Nesbitt shot over the crossbar.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 0-0
  • HJK Helsinki
The Scottish champions started well, but had to wait nine minutes for a chance; Aidan Nesbitt then sent a shot over from outside the box, a period of sustained Celtic pressure then put the Helsinki defence under real difficulty but they somehow survived.
Hill then thundered a shot straight at Tomi Mikkelsson from eight yards, the Helsinki keeper did well to reactively parry away to safety. Then on the hour mark, Archibald crossed into the penalty area and Nesbitt volleyed in to break the stalemate.
Helsinki left their most productive football to the end when Lucas Lingman passed to Sebastian Dahlstrom, the midfielder sent his twenty-five yard shot over the crossbar. Peiponen then sent the ball low and hard into the six yard box for Ulmanen but a Celtic defender slid in and cleared for corner.
Then from out of nowhere Saku Ylatupa hammered the ball from the edge of the Celtic penalty area, and Colin McCabe had to make a great diving save to keep the Celt’s lead intact.
But it wasn’t to be, and with just over four minutes left to play, the ball was struck toward the Celtic goal, came off the post and back out for substitute Ulmanen to smash in and level the scores.
Celtic must qualify for the competition through the domestic champion’s route, meaning that they have to go through two knock out stages before facing the runners-up from the Champions League groups.
The Bhoys will find out who they face in the second knockout round tonight, when they will face the winners of the Puskas Akademia v APOEL match, which currently sits on a knife edge at 3-3.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 1-1
  • HJK Helsinki


Celtic FC
HJK Helsinki
1. Colin McCabe
2. Jack Breslin
3. Aidan McIlduff
4. Jamie McCart
5. Fiacre Kelleher
6. Mark Hill
7. Regan Hendry
8. Joseph Thomson
9. Calvin Miller
10. Aidan Nesbitt
11. Theodore Archibald
13. Conor Hazard
12. Ciaran Lafferty
14. Innes Murray
15. Brandon Payne
16. Michael Johnston
17. Daniel Higgins
1. Tomi Mikkelsson
6. Sebastian Dolivo
8. Karim Zine
10. Sebastian Dahlstrom
11. Obed Malolo
14. Lucas Lingman
15. Joachim Bockerman
16. Lassi Lappalainen
20. Roni Peiponen
26. Saku Ylatupa
29. Omar Jama
12. Jesse Koivistoinen
7. Calvin N’Sombo
19. Tino Purme
22. Eero Hyokyvirta
28. Antti Ulmanen
42. Kalle Salmi
99. Henrik Olander
Star Player
Celtic FC
HJK Helsinki
Aidan Nesbitt - Scored Celtic's only goal and had a good game leading the Celtic attack.
Antti Ulmanen - The Helsinki substitute only played fifteen minutes, but in that time, he done more up front than the entire Helsinki team.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
HJK Helsinki
Colin McCabe made a great save late on, to deny Saku Ylatupa a goal against the run of play.
Saku Ylatupa's shot from the edge of Celtic's penalty area, was blasted to the edge of the Celtic goal, a great save denied him his goal.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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