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Dundee Celtic and Lincraig dish up six-goal thriller

Dundee Celtic BC 3

Donnan 3' McDonald 19' Heenan 33'

Lincraig BC 3

Whyte 19' Murphy 34' Wells 36'
  • Sunday, 20 September 2015
  • Lochee Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Watson McInally League

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Dundee Celtic and Lincraig served up a thriller of a match as they met in the Watson McInally league. The game finished level, after both sides bagged three goals each, but there could easily have been more goals on show in this one.
Dundee Celtic got off to the perfect start when Connor Donnan scored after just three minutes. Jack Whyte leveled for Lincraig, in the 19th, but Celtic hit back almost instantaneously with Jay McDonald scoring their second goal. Two minutes before half time Celtic extended their lead when David Heenan struck the back of the net. For the second time in this game, however, there was an instant response. Lincraig reduced the deficit just a minute later as Jason Murphy scored a wonderful goal. The boys in yellow kept the momentum going, following the half time break, and got their second equaliser a minute into the second period. Both teams continued to search for goals but the score line stayed at 3-3 up until full time.
Celtic showed their intent to attack right from the very get go. After winning a corner in the second minute Jaye Elder very nearly headed home from the kick but his attempt was cleared off the line.
The home side’s play was soon rewarded with just three minutes on the clock. Donnan received the ball within the penalty area following a great pass from midfield. With the ‘keeper bearing down on him the number seven finished comfortably to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Kian Stewart, keeping goal for Lincraig, was soon called upon a minute later to prevent his team falling behind further. Liam Charnock teed up Nathan Ford for a shot at goal just yards from the target. Ford’s curling effort was then denied as the Lincraig goalkeeper dived and parried the shot away from goal. Superb keeping.
In the 13th minute it was the woodwork’s turn to deny Celtic a second goal. The ball fell to the feet of Donnan, on the edge of the box, and he looked to find the bottom left hand corner of the net. Unfortunately the ball ricocheted back off the post and was scrambled away by the Lincraig defenders.  
With hindsight Celtic would rue those missed chances because, shortly after, Lincraig made it 1-1. Josh Wells played an exquisite through ball, which was diverted to Whyte by Keigan Nixon. This move cut the Dundee Celtic defence wide open as Whyte drove towards goal. The number five then found the back of the net with a nicely taken side foot finish.
There’s an old football saying that teams are most vulnerable just after scoring. Unfortunately for the Lincraig boys this proved to be correct. Straight from the kick off Celtic launched a long ball over the away side’s back line. McDonald beat the offside trap, latched onto the ball and fired straight into the bottom left hand corner. That’s how you respond.
McDonald came close to adding to his goal tally in the 29th minute after taking a shot following Heenan’s set up. Stewart was on hand for his team again, however, and successfully made the save to deny him.      
As the game had showed already, goals were the theme of the day. Celtic’s third arrived two minutes prior to half time as Heenan managed to turn in a low corner kick.
Another theme of the day appeared to be instant responses. After Celtic’s instant response following Lincraig’s equaliser, the away team did the exact same after going down 3-1. In the 34th minute Lincraig’s impressive frontman, Whyte, laid the ball off to Murphy who was arriving at the edge of the box. The diminutive number seven then executed a peach of a finish as his effort looped over the ‘keeper and straight into the back off the net.
With half time seconds away there was still time for another golden opportunity at goal for Lincraig. Whyte managed to get his head onto the end of a corner kick and diverted the ball towards the right of the goal. His header was on target but a Celtic defender was in the right place, at the right time, to clear his effort off the line. 
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee Celtic BC
  • 3-2
  • Lincraig BC
After a much-needed break from the scoring mayhem you would think there would be a lull in the game play. That’s not how it panned out. Just a minute into the second half Lincraig bagged their second equaliser of the game to make the score 3-3. After a bit of pinball following a Lincraig free kick the ball then broke to Wells yards from the goal. He wasted no time and lashed the ball into the near post.
Both sides continued to search for further goals but, as you would expect following the intensity of the game thus far, the inevitable lull arrived.
Despite this Lincraig came close when Robbie Thomson shot wide and, shortly after, Whyte had another attempt that was saved by Jude Holme in the Celtic goal.
The final chance of the match came about just a minute before full time. Murphy was played through and managed to shoot past the oncoming Holme. Covering his goalkeeper, however, was Donnan and he managed to clear the ball off the line to deny Murphy a second goal and a Lincraig winner.
The final whistle soon brought the game to a close and both teams had plenty to reflect on. There is no doubt that the two teams attacks look like they’re in good nick as they put on one of the most exciting games of the season so far. Both sides can take plenty of positives but will look to work on their defensive play a bit more for their next games. On the evidence of this game, with a few tweaks, both Celtic and Lincraig look to be two groups with plenty of potential.   
  • Full Time:
  • Dundee Celtic BC
  • 3-3
  • Lincraig BC


Dundee Celtic BC
Lincraig BC
1. Jude Holme
2. Luke Plenderleath
3. Jack Renton
4. Rory Petrie
5. Callum Anderson
6. Jaye Elder
7. Connor Donnan
9. Jamie Forbes
10. Jay McDonald
11. Liam Charnock
14. Sean McPhee
15. Nathan Ford
16. Mirko Livansky
17. David Heenan
18. Mathew McDonald
19. David Stewart
2. Ross Easson
3. Jak Fraser
4. Robbie Thompson
5. Jack Whyte
6. Oliver Malone
7. Jason Murphy
8. John Lawson
9. Keigan Nixon
10. Brandon Traynor
11. Robbie Walsh
12. MacKenzie Beswick
15. Ross Wright
16. Kian Stewart
18. Matthew Archibald
19. Aron Guild
20. Josh Wells
Star Player
Dundee Celtic BC
Lincraig BC
Connor Donnan – Made himself known on the pitch with a goal and his all round performance. That clearance off the line at the end was vital too.
Jack Whyte – Superb up front. Held up the ball well and was able to bring in the rest of the team with his set-ups. Not too shabby a goal either.
Magic Moment
Dundee Celtic BC
Lincraig BC
Donnan’s goal – great intensity in the all round play and the move was exquisite. Converted excellently by the number seven.
Murphy’s goal – That finish. Nothing more needs to be said. Watch it for yourself.
Match Video Highlights
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