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Celtic battle hard to earn victory against Drumsagard

Drumsagard FA 2

McDade 43, Ryan 44

The Celtic BC 4

Carrigan 5 Murphy 35, Hay 60, Reilly 89
  • Tuesday, 19 August 2014
  • Greenfild Complex, Carntyne
  • Under 15´s
  • League Cup

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Drumsagard FA
  • 2-2
  • The Celtic BC

The Celtic boys came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half and Murphy was unlucky not to add his second of the evening when his shot was tipped narrowly wide by Monaghan.

Monaghan was called upon again to keep his team level from a Celtic corner as Bailey Harvey made good contact with Carrigan’s cross testing the Drumsagard keepers’ reflexes as he made a brilliant double save.

The game was finely poised as both teams battled it out in the middle of the park for possession with the result on a knife-edge.

Celtic soon began to get a grip of the game and the pressure was lifted for them when Harvey found himself in plenty space before playing an appetising pass for Hay who fired it past Monaghan from the edge of the box to restore Celtic’s lead early in the second half.

Carrigan was proving to be a nuisance for the Drumsagard defence once more as he danced past two defenders but couldn’t find the target from just inside of the box.

The home team were desperate for an equaliser and a number of chances came their way with Jamie McBrearty waltzing his way into the Celtic area before feeding Ryan who scooped the ball inches over the bar.

The chances came and went for Drumsagard with much of the game now taking place in the Celtic half as they tried to get back on level terms.

The full-time whistle was creeping ever closer though and a free-kick was awarded to Celtic inside the blues half. The ball was laid off to Luke Reilly who with a memorable strike from 20 yards fired the ball into the back of the net to give Celtic their second win in as many games.

Both teams will be able to take positives from this game, with Celtic maintaining a 100% start and Drumsagard proving they will be a threat to other teams in this group.

  • Full Time:
  • Drumsagard FA
  • 2-4
  • The Celtic BC


Drumsagard FA
The Celtic BC

1. Paul Monaghan
2. Jamie Needson
3. Michael Curran
5. Jamie Main
6. Daniel Zekaj
7. Lawrence Hendry
8. Brian McLean
9. Lewis Ryan
10. Jamie McBrearty
11. Blane McDade
14. Adam Benelkaied
16. Ryan Hamilton
17. Steven Wood

1. Ryan Morrison
2. Alexander MacDonald (c)
3. Martin Cassells
4. Luke Reilly
5. Craig Cullen
6. Luke Connor
7. Andrew McKenzie
8. Bailey Harvey
9. Kyle McKeowan
10. Declan McBride
11. Liam Murphy
12. Connor Johnson
14. Patrick Carrigan
15. Ryan Hay
16. Michael Troy
17.Aiden Allan

Star Player
Drumsagard FA
The Celtic BC
Adam Benelkaied - He was a constant threat with his pace and power.
Luke Reilly - Composed display topped up with an unbelievable strike to win the match.
Magic Moment
Drumsagard FA
The Celtic BC
The fight-back from Drumsagard FA before half-time was a huge turning point in the match.
Luke Reilly's 20-yard strike was a fine strike and a fine way to round-off the match.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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