Celtic gained the psychological advantage over Sheffield United ahead of Sunday’s final. The hoops scored five without reply in the math between the two confirmed finalists. Goals from Archibald and McKenna either side of a Miller penalty put Celtic three up at half time. An Aiden Quinn double after the break gave a strong Celtic team the victory.
Celitc’s first came early in the first half Miller’s shot from the centre of the box was parried away by Josh Perryman but Archibald was lurking to fire in the rebound.
Miller was again prevented from scoring with a Tyler Bates tackle preventing Miller going beyond the defence.
Celtic wasted no time grabbing a second goal. When Archibald’s shot collided with the arm of Bates Celtic were awarded a penalty. Miller stepped up and placed the ball low into the left hand corner of the goal. Perryman got his hand to the ball but couldn’t prevent it crossing the line.
Celtic had most of the play in the early stages passing the ball quickly and putting lots of dangerous crosses into the box. Sheffield United’s attacks were largely long balls up the field.
Rory Currie then cut the ball back accurately into the path of McKenna who calmly placed the ball in the net from a couple of yards outside of the six yard box.
Sheffield United then had a chance for a goal. Nandala Muyakwa attempted an overhead kick after a free kick from the wing. Joseph Cummings attempted to get onto the ball and was in a promising position but was ruled offside.
The half was coloured by Celtic pressing and moving the ball well around the midfield creating chances and being very clinical in front of goal. Sheffield’s opportunities were limited by organised Celtic defending.