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Celtic progress in cup with devasting win over Accies

Hamilton Academical FC 0

Celtic FC 3

Kelleher 5' Thomson 13' Miller 15'
  • Sunday, 08 November 2015
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton.
  • Under 20´s
  • Little Big Shot Scottish FA Youth Cup

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Little Big Shot Scottish FA Youth Cup holders Celtic progressed to round four after an outstanding victory over Hamilton Acamdemical FC. The visitors took an early lead when Fiacre Kelleher headed in from a Regan Hendry corner. Then the current champions produced a devastating spell of play that crushed Hamilton within the space of ten minutes. Celtic looked like scoring with every move forward, and they almost did. Joe Thomson and Calvin Miller making it three between them.
 
Hamilton had the ball inside Celtic’s half for the best part of four minutes, until Hendry sent the ball into the Accies penalty area from the right. Alex Marshall came off his line, but missed the ball, and Celtic captain Kelleher headed in from close range.
 
Celtic’s second attack was built slowly from the back, with the ball being played around the pitch. Joe Thomson found Hendry out wide, who then fizzed the ball across Accies goal mouth. Aidan Nesbitt slid across the wet surface but couldn’t meet what would surely have been Celtic’s second.
 
They got that second goal minutes later though, when Jack Breslin passed inside for Luke Donnelly. He couldn’t get a shot on target so passed inside for Thomson to strike home from fifteen yards.
 
Then it was three only minutes later. Hendry played down the wing for Aidan McIlduff, who crossed into the penalty area and Joe Thomson headed in.
 
By this stage Hamilton looked like a team that had accepted defeat, and the way Celtic were playing, it was hard to blame them. Celtic went forward once again, Donnelly passing to Hendry who then unleashed from the edge of the penalty area. Marshall was sent scrambling across his goal and fortunately for him the shot fell wide of the post.
 
The wind and the rain were torrential, with both sides looking like drowned rats, but Celtic showed there quality by coping with the conditions as best as they could in the circumstances. Nesbitt had a strike fly over the cross bar and headed over from six yards just before half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 0-3
  • Celtic FC
The second half started brighter for the hosts, but still looking like they wouldn’t be able to produce anything. Both sides must have been pretty demoralized to walk from fairly comfortable dressing rooms and back out to the driving rain.
 
Accies eventually saw some action inside the Celtic penalty area, when Boyd delivered his corner into the six yard box. The ball was headed on and Conor Scullion saw an attempt blocked and then cleared.
 
Moments later Ryan Tierney had his ten yard strike saved by Colin McCabe. The ball ricocheted out and Boyd headed off of the cross bar from eight yards out.
 
From a free kick out on the left, Nesbitt struck the ball low into the Hamilton six yard box with Jack Breslin running in and getting a soft touch on the ball. Marshall though collected comfortably for the home side.
 
With minutes to go, Connelly split the Hamilton defence with a pass through to Nesbitt and his ten yard shot producing a decent save from the Accies keeper. Then it was Thomson’s turn to hit the ball across the penalty area for Nesbitt, but he volleyed past the back post.
 
Both sides played out the remaining minutes with no real enthusiasm, and with the action dying out, the final whistle arrived to let players and fans alike make for a hasty exit. Cup holders Celtic now face St. Johnstone in the fourth round at MacDiarmid Park on or before the 6th of December.
 
Hamilton are back to SPFL Development league action on Tuesday night against Kilmarnock at New Douglas Park, whilst Celtic have to wait until the following week when the face Dundee United away from home.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 0-3
  • Celtic FC

Lineups

Hamilton Academical FC
Celtic FC
1. Alex Marshall
2. Ben Reilly
3. Scott McMann
4. Shaun Want
5. Colin Granger
6. Ronan Hughes
7. Jack Simpson
8. Ross Cunningham
9. Ryan Tierney
10. Steven Boyd
11. Marc Kelly
12. Scott Granger
14. Steffen Connelly
15. Conor Scullion
16. Rico Quitongo
19. Jon McCracken
1. Colin McCabe
2. Jack Breslin
3. Aidan McIlduff
4. Jamie McCart
5. Fiacre Kelleher
6. Mark Hill
7. Aidan Nesbitt
8. Joe Thomson
9. Calvin Miller
10. Luke Donnelly
11. Regan Hendry
12. Danny Higgins
14. Ciaran Lafferty
15. Innes Murray
16. Theo Archibald
13. Aidan McAdam
Star Player
Hamilton Academical FC
Celtic FC
Alex Marshall - Despite Celtic scoring three times, the keeper made some good saves and managed to keep the score down.
Aidan Nesbitt - Involved with everything in and around Hamilton's half, consistently good throughout the ninety minutes.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical FC
Celtic FC
Ryan Tierney's shot that was saved by Colin McCabe then headed against the cross bar by Steven Boyd.
Celtic's second attack in the first half, built from the back and passed all over the pith, ended with Hendry crossing in for the sliding Nesbitt, unfortunately no goal.
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