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Holders ease into fourth round of the Scottish Cup

Alloa Athletic 0

Celtic 8

McInroy 3, Aitchison 21, 33, Miller 47, 66, 68, Welsh 81, Henderson 83
  • Sunday, 05 November 2017
  • Indodrill Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup

Craig Edwards | YFS East Region Journalist
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Celtic progressed to the fourth round of the Scottish Youth Cup after a comfortable victory over Alloa Athletic at the Indodrill Stadium. Kerr McInory gave the visitors the lead before a double from Jack Aitchison before half time sent the holders on easy street. Calvin Miller completed a second half hat-trick with Stephen Welsh and Ewan Henderson netting late on to send Celtic through.
 
The hosts started brightly and Adam Martin brought the first save as his strike went straight down the throat of Ross Doohan in the Celtic goal. That woke Celtic up and they made Alloa pay a minute later. Michael Johnston drove down the right wing and whipped a ball into the penalty box. Alloa could only half clear and McInroy was on the edge of the box to strike the ball into the bottom right corner.
 
Celtic searched for a second but the hosts threatened on the counter-attack with Doohan easily saving from Mark Greene. Andy Wilson in the Alloa goal was also being called into action as he made a brilliant point blank stop to deny Johnston from doubling Celtics lead on thirteen minutes. Wilson was unable to do anything eight minutes later when Henderson’s cross was tapped home by Aitchison.
 
The visitors pressed for a third to try and wrap the game up before half time and just after the half hour mark, they got it. McInroy drove down the left wing and found Aitchison, who turned his marker and placed the ball under the goalkeeper.
 
Aitchison almost completed his hat-trick before the break but his shot clipped the outside of the post and trickled wide to the relief of Wilson in the Alloa Athletic goal.
  • Half Time:
  • Alloa Athletic
  • 0-3
  • Celtic
Celtic begun the second half as they had the first with a goal. A well worked free kick found Calvin Miller on the edge of the box and the left back placed the ball into the far corner of the net.
 
The Hoops continued to dominate proceedings with the home side putting their bodies in the way to deny Celtic adding to their total. Substitute, Grant Savoury forced another good stop from Wilson before watching another effort drift just wide of the left-hand post. Eventually, Celtic got their fifth. Miller disposed an Alloa defender and fired a shot into the bottom corner.
 
Miller completed his hat-trick two minutes later as he drove down the left wing and unleashed a powerful effort into the far top corner leaving the keeper with no chance at all.
 
The visitors made it seven with ten minutes to go when Welsh finished off a lovely Celtic move on the right before Henderson finished off the scoring with seven minutes to go as the Hoops survived a potential banana skin to book their place in the fourth round of the Scottish Youth Cup.
  • Full Time:
  • Alloa Athletic
  • 0-8
  • Celtic

Lineups

Alloa Athletic
Celtic
1. Andy Wilson
2. Jack Pow
3. Ronan Kearney
4. Kieran Connelly
5. Sean Fagan
6. Keir Mackenzie
7. Mark Greene
8. Scott Sinclair
9. Josh Cunningham
10. Dylan Monaghan
11. Adam Martin
SUB Chris Wylie
SUB Niall Burns
SUB Yosuf Bamba
SUB Nathan Fell
SUB Paul John Fee
SUB Ryan Curtis
1. Ross Doohan
2. Lewis Bell
3. Calvin Miller
4. Robbie Deas
5. Stephen Welsh
6. Kerr McInroy
7. Ewan Henderson
8. Mark Hill
9. Jack Aitchison
10. Regan Hendry
11. Michael Johnston
SUB Conor Hazard
SUB Ryan Mullen
SUB Wallace Duffy
SUB Anthony Ralston
SUB Ross McLaughlin
SUB Brandon Payne
SUB Ciaran Diver
SUB Grant Savoury
SUB Brogue Watson
SUB Thomas Caffrey
Star Player
Alloa Athletic
Celtic
Andy Wilson – Made some good stops to deny Celtic adding to their total.
Calvin Miller – Second half hat-trick helped the visitors finish off Alloa.
Magic Moment
Alloa Athletic
Celtic
The superb point blank stop from Martin while the score was only 1-0.
The smart free kick that saw Miller net his first.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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