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Young Celts remain unbeaten with Killie victory

Celtic FC 3

Breslin 61' Archibald 72' 96'

Kilmarnock FC 0

  • Thursday, 15 October 2015
  • Cappielow Park, Greenock.
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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It had been exactly a month since both sides had last won a match, in Celtic’s case they had only played a single match since then. Killie on the other hand had drawn one and narrowly lost out to a very good St. Johnstone team, so both sides were looking for a result.
Celtic had complete control of the first half but were unable to make their dominance count due to the goal mouth heroics of Kilmarnock stopper Mark Ridges. Celtic worked hard and passed the ball about well and their effort finally paid off when Jack Breslin headed home the opener before Theo Archibald added another couple to seal the win for the home side.
Celtic had the first attempt of the match when Aidan Nesbitt blasted a twenty five shot toward the Killie goal, but Keeper Mark Ridgers was up to the task and guided the ball out for a corner with a great athletic save.
It was another twenty minutes before the next opportunity. The ball was played out wide to Kieran Tierney, his cross found Archibald who struck towards goal but Ridgers made another classy save.
Celtic then had an opportunity to open the scoring on thirty three minutes when Archibald ran wide and sent the ball into the penalty area. Regan Hendry ran in and sent over the cross bar from eight yards.
Moments later Archibald made a striding run out wide to match the Celtic break. The ball was played to him and he shot as he entered the penalty area, but the fifteen yard strike went clear of the back post.
The Celtic pressure continued when Tierney saw his shot go clear of the cross bar and he then sent a cross into the box that Joe Thomson headed over from ten yards. Then on the stroke of half time, the ball was again sent wide for Archibald who controlled the ball skilfully before crossing in for Nesbitt. The striker’s close range effort went over the cross bar, in part due to pressure from Mark Dempster.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 0-0
  • Kilmarnock FC
The beginning of the second half was a dire affair and needed some magic. From nowhere, Thomson released Nesbitt with a good ball forward from midfield. The striker controlled the ball and shot from ten yards, but Ridgers made another magnificent save to deny Celtic yet again. Nesbitt then tested the Killie keeper with a twenty yard strike toward the back post, but once again Ridgers got down to make a good one handed save.
Celtic managed to finally break the deadlock with 61 minutes played after being awarded a corner kick. Nesbitt hit the ball toward the near post and Breslin got into position to head in from close range.
Substitute Andrew Sibbald looked to double their lead and attempted a speculative long range strike from thirty yards, but Ridgers made the save look comfortable.
Celtic finally did add a second when Nesbitt shot from the edge of the penalty area and Ridgers got down to block with his chest. Unfortunately for the Killie keeper, Archibald was on hand to guide the rebound into the net.
Then with six minutes of injury time played, Calvin Miller received the ball out wide, came inside and laid it off for Archibald to strike and finish the game.
The win see’s Celtic create a three point gap between themselves and second placed St. Johnstone and they now face Hearts in two weeks’ time. Killie stay eighth on nine points and face Falkirk at Rugby Park on Tuesday evening.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 3-0
  • Kilmarnock FC


Celtic FC
Kilmarnock FC
1. Logan Bailly
2. Jack Breslin
3. Kieran Tierney
4. Jamie McCart
5. Fiacre Kelleher
6. Mark Hill
7. Regan Hendry
8. Joseph Thomson
9. Luke Donnelly
10. Aidan Nesbitt
11. Theodore Archibald
12. Calum Waters
13. Colin McCabe
14, Innes Murray
15. Calvin Miller
16. Brandon Payne
1. Mark Ridgers
2. Taylor Queen
3. Mark Dempster
4. Iain Wilson
5. Adam Hodge
6. David Syme
7. Aaron Splaine
8. Dean Hawkshaw
9. Adam Frizzell
10. Greg Taylor
11. Scott McLean
12. Aidan Wilson
13. Ryan Millar
14. Lewis Clark
15. Andrew Sibbald
16. Lewis Morrison
17. Will Graham
Star Player
Celtic FC
Kilmarnock FC
Theo Archibald - Scorer of two goals and good performance in front of goal as well as out wide.
Mark Ridgers - Made a series of saves that kept Kilmarnock in the game when they had no right to be.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Kilmarnock FC
Celtic had a sequence of passing in the Kilmarnock half that didn't see the away side get a touch for twenty five or more touches.
Mark Ridgers first save after only two minutes from a Aidan Nesbitt strike.
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