Last year's Scottish Cup finalists Banks O’Dee Albion were looking to make their way into the last 8 of the competition when they hosted The Celtic Boys Club at Spain Park on Saturday afternoon. Many had tipped Albion to breeze through the tie however Celtic were not to be underestimated and created the hosts problems which led to a good game of football.
It was a frantic start to the game with Celtic having a few set pieces in the opening few minutes in which Albion dealt with.
The hosts were to have the cutting edge though and took the lead after 4 minutes in which Connor Wood rifled home from. Mark Reid played a wonderful ball into the winger who did the rest by firing the ball past Zahid Choudry.
Celtic were keen to hit back and forward Liam Murphy turned his marker before his powerful shot towards goal went straight at Vitali Sahhalevits. Banks O’Dee Albion were missing captain Cameron Imrie with Lewis Duffy and Andy Wood in at centre half. They had to deal with a bit of pressure from Celtic however did there duties as instructed.
Albion then doubled their advantage after Calum McKenzie went on a mazy run and his perfectly delivered cross went into the pathway of Greg Pirie who guided the ball home from a few yards. A good team goal and it gave the hosts some respite.
Celtic reduced the lead though after a free kick from Roan Fitzpatrick found Liam Murphy who headed into the far bottom left hand corner after 30 minutes. Game on!
The game had a couple of tasty moments during the first half and then a challenge from Jason Ritchie on Mateusz Majchrzak set the game alight. Suspicions at the time were that he broke his leg however it has emerged more likely to be twisted, with ligament damage. Ritchie got the ball and the player and referee Martin Campbell issued the right back with a booking.