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Celts pass their way to win over Hearts

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Kelleher 19' Hendry 52'

Heart of Midlothian FC 0

  • Monday, 26 October 2015
  • The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Celtic moved three points clear of second placed St. Johnstone, with a comfortable performance over Hearts in a wet and blustery Dumbarton. The young Celts went ahead through a first half tap-in from Fiacre Kelleher and a second half goal from substitute Regan Hendry.
Celtic coach Tommy McIntyre made five changes to the eleven that faced Kilmarnock. Out went Bailly, Hill, Hendry, Archibald and Tierney, who started against Dundee United on Sunday. Into the starting eleven came Fasan, Waters, McCalum, Miller and Scott Allan.
For the visitors, six changes were made to the side that were beaten 1-0 by St. Johnstone. There was no start for Mason, Smith, Reid, Reilly, Zanatta and Belgian, Arnaud Djoun, after making his first team debut on Saturday. Filling their shoes were Gallagher, Henderson, Baxter, McLean, Moore and Soufian El Hassnaoui.
Hearts got the proceedings under way when Ian Smith sent a twenty yard free kick over the Celtic wall and the goal. Celtic then countered with several Aidan Nesbitt balls into the Hearts penalty area to which the Jambos coped well. That was until a free kick was delivered for Celtic captain Fiacre Kelleher to rise above the defence, but only manage to head over.
Against the run of play, Robbie Buchanan shot from fifteen yards and Leonardo Fasan was unable to hold. The ball trickled toward the line, but Calum Waters was quickly on scene to clear before Hearts tapped in. Celtic broke from the clearance, the ball was played wide to Calvin Miller who then skewed a shot wide from fifteen yards.
Nesbitt once more opened up the visitors defence with a great ball through to Jack Breslin. He stormed in toward goal but was successfully tackled just short of the goal line. The Celts then went one up from an Allan free kick, the ball was played into the penalty area for Breslin to touch on toward the near post, and Kelleher was on hand to touch in.
Celtic continued to dominate with their slick passing game, with Nesbitt contributing greatly to the effort, but they couldn’t find a route through the well organised Hearts defence.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 1-0
  • Heart of Midlothian FC
Celtic continued where they left off and Allen made a good run into the Hearts penalty area, cutting back nicely for Calvin Miller. He couldn’t manage to get a shot on target though.
Celtic were well worth their second when it came a few moments later. Nesbitt produced some nice footwork on the edge the penalty area before sending out toward Breslin. The pacey defender ran for the bye line and bulleted the ball across the six yard box. Substitute Regan Hendry then ran through and touched in at the back post to double the lead.
With seventy minutes gone, Hearts weren’t able to hold onto the ball for more than a couple of touches when in possession, basically surrendering the ball to a side that knew how to use it. Celtic moved the ball all over the pitch. Allen picked out Breslin who sent a great ball to the back post for Regan, but his header was touched round the post by keeper Scott Gallagher.
On eighty minutes, Hendry made a strong run into the Heart penalty area and cut the ball back for Joseph Thomson. The midfielder was off balance and falling as he unleashed on goal from fifteen yards, fortune favoured Hearts as it struck a body in front of the goal line, before being cleared to safety.
Hearts saved their best until last. Liam Henderson sent the ball up field for Smith who then managed to unleash Russell McLean through on goal, and unfortunately his first touch sent the ball a little ahead of him, allowing Fasan to race out and smother.
Celtic controlled the match from start to finish, passing nicely from the back and spreading the ball confidently around the pitch. Moves only broke down in the last third through careless touches and in part through the effort of the Hearts defence. Hearts on the other hand, couldn’t keep possession and moves broke down relatively quickly, not providing Celtic with a test of their abilities.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 2-0
  • Heart of Midlothian FC


Celtic FC
Heart of Midlothian FC
1. Leonardo Fasan
2. Jack Breslin
3. Calum Waters
4. Jamie McCart
5. Fiacre Kelleher
6. Conor McManus
7. Aidan Nesbitt
8. Joseph Thomson
9. Luke Donnelly
10. Scott Allan
11. Calvin Miller
13. Colin McCabe
12. Aidan McIlduff
14. Innes Murray
15. Regan Hendry
16. Mark Hill
17. Ciaran Lafferty
1. Scott Gallagher
2. Sean McKirdy
3. Liam Henderson
4. Leon Jones
5. Jahmal Howlett-Mundle
6. Ian Smith
7. Dale Baxter
8. Robbie Buchanan
9. Russell McLean
10. Soufian El Hassnaoui
11. Lewis Moore
13. Greg Fisher
12. Nathan Flanagan
14. Alistair Roy
15. Andrew Irving
16. Euan Henderson
17. Aaron Reid
Star Player
Celtic FC
Heart of Midlothian FC
Aidan Nesbitt - Another great performance, his passing and crosses created lots of potential opportunities for Celtic.
Sean McKirdy - Good performance in defence, despite being played out of position.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Heart of Midlothian FC
Great sequence of passing using the full pitch, Allen found Breslin out wide, finishing with Regan's header being saved by Scott Gallagher.
Nice move a few minutes from time, featuring Henderson, Smith and McLean, unfortunately didn't finish with a goal.
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