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Dundee Celtic triumph in high scoring contest with St Andrews Colts

Dundee Celtic 8

Cormack 1' 4' 12' 22' 79' Urquhart 20' McLauchlan 39' Mulligan 41'

St Andrews Colts 3

Cunningham 6' Vissochi 44' Begg 62'
  • Sunday, 30 August 2015
  • Lochee Park
  • Under 15´s
  • G Taylor League

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee Celtic
  • 6-1
  • St Andrews Colts

Dundee Celtic began the second half in a similar vein to that of the first with a goal shortly after the break, Adam O’Rourke played a ball to Mulligan and the number 11 showed good feet to evade a number of defenders and slot the ball into the net.

Even though the away side had gone further behind they continued to look dangerous going forward and reduced the deficit after 44 minutes, Begg’s effort across goal was deflected into the path of Peter Vissochi who directed the ball past the keeper. St Andrews gained a lift from the goal and began to exert pressure, Baldie having an effort well saved by McDonald.

Baldie continued to be heavily involved in St Andrews attacking play and his cross was met by Begg who placed the ball into the net for his sides third after 62 minutes.

With both team’s pushing forward it seemed inevitable that more goals would come and in the end it went to the home side after 79 minutes, Mulligan dispatching a brilliant delivery from a free kick onto the head of Cormack who nodded the ball past the keeper for his fifth of the afternoon.

Ultimately both sides contributed to a highly entertaining contest, St Andrews can be pleased with the football on display particularly in the second half. For Dundee Celtic the result indicates that with the talent on show today the season ahead can be a very successful one. 

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee Celtic
  • 8-3
  • St Andrews Colts

Lineups

Dundee Celtic
St Andrews Colts
1. Matthew McDonald
2. Kyle Brannan
3. Luca Rio Lewis
4. Brian Smith
5. Dean Whyte
6. Andrew Silvester
7. Connal Cormack
8. Adam O'Rourke
9. Rhys Mclauchlan
10. Evan Urquhart
11. Ritchie Mulligan
12. Fraser McIntyre
14. Josh Stark
16. Dylan Divers
1. Lyall Constable
2. Josh Stoddart
4. Scott Cunningham
6. Archie Renton
7. Lewis Stephan
8. Taylor Baldie
9. Craig Begg
10. Peter Vissochi
12. Liam Thomson
14. Calum Wishart
15. Alex Thomson
17. Luke Provan
21. Tom Constance
23. Lewis Cunningham
Star Player
Dundee Celtic
St Andrews Colts
Connal Cormack - An attacking threat all afternoon and rewarded with five goals.
Taylor Baldie- Heavily involved in his sides attacking play, did not deserve to be the losing side.
Magic Moment
Dundee Celtic
St Andrews Colts
Connal Cormack's third of the match, securing his well deserved hat-trick.
Scott Cunningham’s sensational free kick.
Club Views
Dundee Celtic
St Andrews Colts
"Very pleased with the performance, boys kept pushing for the win."
"We played better in the second half and created a number of chances."
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