Celtic boys club maintained their perfect start to the season with an impressive victory against Drumsagard in what was a very close and competitive game.
Paddy Carrigan opened the scoring and Liam Murphy doubled Celtic’s lead with a fine piece of individual skill. Drumsagard levelled with two goals coming in one minute from Blane McDade and Lewis Ryan shortly before half-time. Celtic’s Ryan Hay made it 3-2 shortly after the restart before Luke Reilly scored a sensational goal to make it 4-2 and wrap up the three points.
Celtic had kicked off their campaign with a convincing win against Castlemilk at the weekend and started the game at a blistering pace with Craig Cullen striking the post in the opening minutes before the rebound went agonisingly wide.
Celtic continued to dominate the opening five minutes and were rewarded when Carrigan sent the ball crashing into the net taking a slight deflection to give the away team an early lead.
The game began to even out in possession and Drumsagard posed an ever present threat with Adam Benelkaied a constant threat with his pace down the right hand side. Benelkaied created a couple of clear chances for himself but Celtic’s Morrison was on hand to cancel out the danger.
The fluent back and forth style of this game continued however and Celtic looked to impose themselves further in the opposition half. A cross into the box found Murphy and he took the ball into his stride turning one defender before stroking the ball into the bottom left hand-corner past Paul Monaghan to double the Celtic lead.
Murphy high on confidence from his goal skipped past two defenders shortly after the restart before sending a hanging ball into the box narrowly headed over by Cullen.
Drumsagard were awoken by the two goal deficit and upped the tempo as half-time loomed. Brian MacLean whipped a curling ball into the box which the Celtic defence cleared only for McDade to race through beating the offside trap and slide it past the helpless Morrison.
The Drumsagard teams now had their tails up and were in dreamland 60 seconds later when Ryan prodded home a cross from 8 yards to restore the home teams hopes and level the tie before the interval.
The half was not over though and the frantic pace at which the game had been played at didn’t show any signs of stopping as Carrigan broke away from the blues defence, beating two defenders before thundering the ball off the bar from 20 yards before the half-time whistle sounded.
Both teams’ managers would have been happy to get their teams in at half-time.