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On a chilly Sunday afternoon the two young sides served a great tie that warmed up all the spectators at the park. Celtic Juniors were able to come out on top in a deserved win which sees them through to the Semi-Final draw where they will fear nobody.
Juniors started the better of the two sides and were able to stay on top for the majority of the opening half, in truth. The home side took the lead with the first attack of the match as their striker McBeth got on the end of a through ball. The attacker stayed strong and was able to drill his effort under the opposition keeper and into the back of the net.
Juniors’ striker continued to be a threat as he set up team-mate minutes later. Nice work down the left wing allowed McBeth to find the space to spot Redmond who had drifted from the right hand side and he saw his first time shot saved by Celtic Boys Club’s keeper.
The home side continued to press and were looking likely to score again. This time a Lennon broke from deep and created some space for himself with a mazy run. He was 25 yards out from goal and got a left footed shot away but the goalkeeper was equal to the attempt and saved it with ease.
As the half came to an end, Celtic Boys Club began to come into the game. They were able to carve out their first chance of the match on 34 minutes as Skilling was given the ball on the penalty spot. He got his shot away but it was a scuffed effort which harmlessly rolled into the keeper’s arms.
Juniors had the final attack of the half as they broke with pace. McBeth was involved again as he played a chipped pass to a team-mate who got a shot away which was blocked. The rebound fell kindly to Juniors who saw Lennon’s good strike directed at goal but goalkeeper, Daniel Farrell produced a good save to keep the deficit at 1.
At half time, the home side, Celtic Juniors were well worth their 1-0 lead. They were the better side for most of the half and the only downside to their play was that they were not further ahead. For their guests, they will be happy to only be down by solitary goal at the midway point. They started slowly but began to assert themselves late on in the half and will look to take that level of performance into the second period.
Glentanar dominated the first half but Daniel Middler and Grant Corbett just couldn't take advantage of their chances.The visitors managed to execute one of few chances, to the credit of Darren McCraw who powered his shot past the helpless Grant Yeats.
Rob Simpson's men poured forward in the closing stages of the game, but it is the Edinburgh side who are through to the last four of the nation's oldest competition.
Glentanar were denied a goal in the latter stages of the game due to a fantastic double save from Christopher Scott but Edina Hibs's stubborn defence ensured them the victory.
The home side started strongly and Lewis Stephen's free kick from outside the edge of the box was parried by the Hibs keeper which was then scrambled to Daniel Middler who's shot was only inches away from the top corner.
Moments later, Leon Bell had a tame deflected shot saved by the Glentanar shot stopper.
Glentanar remained the better of the two sides but Darren McCraw had his shot tipped past the post after running onto a clever through ball from the Midfield. Edina Hibs drew blood from the resulting corner as the ball fell to Darren McCraw who lashed the ball past the helpless Grant Yeats.