It was a frustrating night for Celtic B as they lost out for the first time in the league since the opening day, in a 1-0 defeat to East Stirlingshire last night.

Tommy McIntyre’s side was in action for the first time in 22 days on Friday night, facing another tough test in the Lowland League.

With the extended break without a game, the young Celtic side looked a little sloppy in possession at times, which was to be expected as they look to get back into the swing of things.

After restricting Celtic to primarily shots from outside the area in the early stages, East Stirlingshire scored the game’s only goal just past the half-hour mark.

Pressing high up the park, they were able to nick the ball away from the Hoops defence, and Stirlingshire midfielder David Churchill finished with a lovely dinked effort over Ryan Mullen.

Celtic had the best chance of the second 45 minutes to level up the scoring after Owen Moffat won a penalty, getting caught late in the box.

The winger stepped up to take the penalty. However, he blasted it over the crossbar.

The young Hoops didn’t have enough on the evening against another experienced side in the fifth tier of Scottish Football.

Friday night’s fixture was the first game this season, which they had failed to score in.

As disappointing as the result was, Tommy McIntyre will be looking to build up that momentum once again as his side return to action against Spartans on Wednesday night.


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