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.