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Celtic defeat Castlemilk in first league cup fixture

Castlemilk BC 0

Celtic BC 7

  • Sunday, 17 August 2014
  • Castlemilk High
  • Under 15´s
  • GADYFL - League Cup

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Celtic Boys Club got their league cup campaign off to a flying start against a very combative Castlemilk side.  An early strike from Connor Johnson, followed up with two goals from Declan Mcbride sent the away side in 3-0 at half time. The second-half was packed with action with Castlemilk creating a few chances before a penalty save from their goalkeeper Matthew MacBeth. Despite MacBeth making some great saves, Paddy Carrigan added a double before Ryan Hay and Cameron Neil finished the tie off.
Celtic would have fancied their chances for this encounter having finished a close second in the league last season and early on they showed their quality by piling on the pressure and creating chance after chance, but credit to the Castlemilk defence which held firm. 
Castlemilk managed the occasional break but it wasn’t long before Celtic’s pressure paid off with Johnson firing home from inside of the box. Macbeth got a strong hand to it but the shot had too much power for the unlucky keeper.
MacBeth was to be called upon five minutes later when Celtic were awarded a penalty for a foul inside the box. McBride stepped up and calmly slotted the ball to the bottom left leaving MacBeth with no chance.
Castlemilk had chances, including a free-kick awarded 30 yards from goal producing their best opportunity.  Lee Hendry sent a high ball into the box which could have resulted in a goal had it not been for Luke Reilly’s awareness to clear the danger.
Celtic kept pushing for a third with half time fast approaching and they were to be rewarded for their efforts as Luke Connor drove down the bye line before fizzing the perfect cross in for McBride to add his second and Celtic’s third before the half-time whistle sounded.
  • Half Time:
  • Castlemilk BC
  • 0-3
  • Celtic BC
With the start of the second half came a series of chances for Castlemilk helped partly by the wind now blowing in their favour.  Jack MacGregor and Jack McCrohon combined to nearly pull Castlemilk back into the game but their chances whisked wide.
Shortly after, with Celtic now pushing forward into Castlemilks box, a contentious penalty was awarded. Carrigan stepped up but MacBeth continued his first-half form with a comfortable save.
The penalty save triggered Castlemilk’s best spell in the match with two good chances to score created. MacGregor was unlucky not to score from inside the box as he narrowly missed the target.
The waves of Castlemilk attacks triggered a response from the Celtic team and Liam Murphy surged through on goal only to be denied by MacBeth who was equal to the attempt.
Celtic upped the tempo and Murphy was thwarted again when his shot which looked destined for the top corner was tipped away from goal by Macbeth, but Celtic’s Carrigan was on hand to finish off.
The victory was now firmly in Celtic’s grasp and Martin Cassel’s rifled a shot from distance which stung Macbeth’s palms before Carrigan took the ball, ghosting past two defenders and then coolly burying the ball in the back of the net.
Celtic breached the Castlemilk defence - who performed well with no substitutes available – and Murphy was very unlucky to have a goal chopped off for offside. But there was no mistake when Hay curled a shot from outside the box past the helpless MacBeth. 
The game was drawing closer to the end when Kyle McKeowan raced down the right hand side before feeding a great ball for Neill to bundle over the line capping off a good performance for Celtic.
This result sets Celtic up nicely going into what will be a tough tie on Tuesday night against Drumsagard FA whilst Castlemilk can also take some positives despite the result. Two teams will progress from each section and on this evidence Celtic will be looking to be one of them.
  • Full Time:
  • Castlemilk BC
  • 0-7
  • Celtic BC


Castlemilk BC
Celtic BC
1. Matthew MacBeth
3. Sam Gault
4. Connor Rooney
5. John Matthews (Trialist)
6. Michael Cotter (C)
7. Mark Sullivan
9. Jack MacGregor
10. Jack McCrohon
12. Lee Hendry
15. Lucas Hume
16. Ricky Orr (Trialist)
1. Ryan Morrison
2. Alexander MacDonald (C)
3. Martin Cassells
4. Luke Reilly
5. Cameron Neill
6. Luke Connor
7. Andrew McKenzie
8. Bailey Harvey
9. Kyle McKeowan
10. Declan McBride
12. Connor Johnson
11. Liam Murphy
14. Patrick Carrigan
15. Ryan Hay
16. Michael Troy
17. Stephen Finnie
Star Player
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Celtic BC
It's not often you can pick out a goalkeeper for their performance after conceding seven, but Matthew MacBeth can look back on his efforts with pride.
Declan McBride's brace helped take his side into half-time with a comfortable lead.
Magic Moment
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Celtic BC
MacBeth had an outstanding game, but his penalty save was by far the best moment of the game for his side. A clear boost in morale resulted from his save.
Martin Cassel’s rifled shot from distance was excellent and Carrigan did well to capitalize on the save and calmly finish off.
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