Celtic B continued their impressive recent form in the Scottish Lowland Football League, running out as convincing 4-1 winners against Bo’ness United at the Penny Cars Stadium earlier today.
Dominating in the early exchanges, the young Hoops nearly opened the scoring, as left-back Matthew Anderson cut back a zipped ball to Ben Wylie who blazed over from 12 yards.
Soon after, Bo’ness United nearly drew first blood in front of their sizeable away support. From a whipped corner kick, Celtic stopper Tobi Oluyawemi did well to palm a looping Stuart Hunter header onto his own crossbar from a corner-kick.
However, the opposition was left to rue the missed opportunity just minutes later. Dane Murray did well to guide a searching corner kick back across goal, finding captain Brody Paterson who smashed home from close range on 21 minutes.
Striking twice in quick succession, the young Celts doubled their advantage with 23 minutes on the clock. Combining to great effect, Ben Wylie played in the lively Anderson who crossed from the left-hand side of the box for Adam Brooks to finish.
Northern Ireland under-21 cap Wylie fancied a goal for himself before half-time, sending a drilled effort narrowly wide of the target from around 20-yards following some good approach play from Joseph Murphy.
Adam Brooks nearly had a second goal just before the interval, forcing the opposition keeper into a smart one-on-one stop with his outstretched leg.
Moving into the second 45 minutes, Tommy McIntyre’s men edged further ahead in bizarre fashion. Ben Wylie delivered a swirling in-swinging corner kick from the right which evaded the Bo’ness keeper for Bruno Davidson to guide in from a yard out.
The young Celts then had an opportunity to make it four in the immediate aftermath of Davidson’s goal. Some excellent pressing from Adam Brooks on Andy Murphy lead to a penalty, with the 17-year-old eventually being fouled just as he was about to roll the ball into an empty net.
Ben Wylie stepped up to take the spot-kick, only to see his low side-footed effort denied by the relieved goalkeeper. Nevertheless, it wasn’t long before the Bhoys’ made their victory a comprehensive one.
Substitute Ben Doak made some great progress down the right-wing, sending in a powerful cross which Ryan Stevenston subsequently turned into his own net.
There was to be a late consolation goal for Max Christie’s side in the dying embers of the fixture. Nick Locke reacted first to head past Oluwayemi at the near post from a corner-kick before full-time.
Celtic B return to action away to East Kilbride in the Scottish Lowland Football League on Tuesday 21st December.
Man of the match: Adam Brooks
Looking threatening throughout the clash, the poacher can be pleased with his work this afternoon as he added to his goal tally alongside winning a penalty.
Celtic run out 4-1 winners against ‘Bo’ness United. ??
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