Connal Cormack’s five goals helped Dundee Celtic to a 8-3 victory over St Andrews Colts in the G Taylor League Fixture held at Lochee Park. In what was a contest high in goalmouth action it was the home side who ensured their unbeaten start to the league season continued.
Buoyed by having made an impressive start to the campaign Celtic put pressure on the St Andrews defence immediately and were rewarded with the opening goal after one minute, an incisive through ball from Dylan Divers released Cormack into space and the attacker showed good composure to slide the ball past Lyall Constable to open the scoring.
Celtic’s bright start was further rewarded three minutes later when Cormack doubled his side’s advantage by chipping the ball over the keeper following a powerful run from midfield.
Despite the setback St Andrews began to gain a foothold in the contest and Taylor Baldie’s looping delivery across goal was inches away from connecting with the onrushing Craig Begg. As St Andrews continued to advance forward Matthew McDonald was called into action by Lewis Stephan’s shot from just outside the area.
The save by Celtic’s number one would prove crucial as moments later his side were 3-0 ahead, Cormack displayed good awareness to find space at a throw and knocked the ball into the net after 12 minutes securing his hat-trick in the process.
St Andrews responded positively and reduced the deficit six minutes later through Scott Cunningham’s sensational free kick nestling in the centre of the net.
Just as it looked as if the momentum was switching towards the away side Celtic restored their three-goal cushion, good link up play involving Ritchie Mulligan created space for Evan Urquhart to stab the ball into the net with 20 minutes played.
At this stage Celtic were full of confidence and extended their lead further after 22 minutes, Cormack steering the ball into the net to round off a surging run from deep.
It was from a similar move that Celtic would score their sixth of the afternoon, Cormack advanced forward and the ball broke to Rhys Mclauchlan who directed the ball into the net one minute from the interval.