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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Celtic gain revenge for cup defeat at hands of Bransty

HAVING been dumped out of the cup by Bransty and drawing earlier in the season at Cleator, the Celtic U9 lads were in rampant mood this time around.

Some of the passing and moving was first class and every one of the green machine played very well on the day.

For Bransty, Corey Heal and Sam Stevenson never gave up and themselves played some neat passes but, alas, it was to no avail.

A great move involving splendid captain Taylor Richardson and the ever busy Harry Watson, resulted in the improving Daniel Hood clipping in his fifth goal in three games.

That was early in the first half and from then Bransty were on top as the Celtic midfield struggled against the powerful Bransty lads.

A switch of personnel after the break saw Celtic take complete control. Another terrific passing move was finished off brilliantly by Harry Watson,who still had work to do after Reece and Dan worked the ball well to him.

Reece Radcliffe then started and finished the best move of the day, again involving Dan and Harry. Reece, moving into midfield alongside Taylor, was the catalyst for many of Celtic’s best moves.

Robert Davidson has been prolific this season and netted twice, once with a powerful shot that Ashley got a hand to but couldn’t keep out and then with a cool chip over the advancing Ashley after some neat interplay with Reece. Inbetween times he rocked the bar with a free kick.

Ashley was first class in the Bransty goal and his kicking and distribution was first rate.

In between those goals, Reece again put a polish on his classy performance with another neat finish after great work in defence by Sam King and Dylan Dunn as Celtic ran out 6-0 victors.

Bransty’s man-of-the-match went to Ashley Lowrey, with Robert Davidson taking the plaudits for Celtic.

U9: Whitehaven AFC Yellows v Blues

THE two Amateurs teams played each other for the first time in the league this season. The Blues were clear favourites as they sit toward the top of their league, whilst the Yellows, although showing signs of improvement, are toward the other end of the table.

However, it took a while to break down the brave defending from Dylan Ellison and goal-keeping skills of Jamie Forster, but Aaron Starkey was the most alert forward after a mix up in the Yellow defence to open the scoring.

Corey McCullough was on the score sheet almost immediately afterwards, a similar mix up giving Corey an opportunity to double the lead, before Aaron got his second of the game after good work from Joseph Bawden ended with his shot rebounding off the post and wrong footing Jamie in the nets and defender Samuel Riley – Aaron left with a tap in.

Caleb Parr looked as though he might grab a goal for the Yellows, breaking down the right hand side, no midfielder chasing back after him, but Joe Fearon covered plenty of turf to get in a strong, timely tackle, putting the ball out for a corner.

Patrick Gunn completed the scoring for the first half, taking down the ball well, showing nice control before going around two opponents and unleashing a precise shot past the ‘keeper.

After half time it was more of the same, Dan Starkey increasing the lead after linking up well with Aaron, striking the ball with his left foot and giving the home keeper little chance.

Finally a reward for the Yellow team’s efforts, the ball falling to Parr who sent in a high, speculative shot, which Gunn in the Blues’ nets couldn’t prevent the ball going into the net making the score 1-5 to the Blues.

A nice build up for the sixth goal, Starkey passing cross field to Finlay Bedford, whose good quick control and snap shot was blocked and deflected into the area, another defensive mix up meant Aaron could nip in and complete his hat-trick.

Aaron almost made it four for the day, striking a lovely shot against the bar and from an excellent Jack Buchanan corner, Corey was unlucky, powerfully heading the ball, alas this also hit the bar.

For the Yellows, Owen Weighman was using his strength to hold off opponents and showing nice control too.

Parr again broke down the right hand side, quickly beating a man and getting in a decent shot which Blues ‘keeper Patrick was equal to.

Two quick fire goals from Finn Docherty, one a nicely struck shot high into the net, the other an intelligent backwards header into the net finished off the game at 1-8 to the visiting Blues side.

Blues man-of-the-match: Jack Buchanan; Yellows: Jack Moore.

U10: Bransty v Cleator Moor Celtic A

THESE two teams had a cracking game earlier in the season that Celtic won 4-2. Playing at home now, on a damp misty morning, Bransty were looking to turn the tables and another cracking game ensued.

Celtic were first to score when a long throw from Owen Woods gave Reuben Butterworth an opening. Running to the near post Butterworth hit a bouncing ball first time to lift the back of the Bransty net.

Bransty levelled when Keeton Mellon hit a great shot that gave the Karl Garner in the Celtic goal no chance. This was the first goal that Celtic had conceded in nine consecutive matches.

Bransty were now looking more than a match for Celtic and came storming forward. Celtic were now under siege and had to defend in numbers.

After forcing three consecutive Bransty corners out of play, the fourth found its way through a packed goalmouth to hit the foot of the Celtic back post, coming to rest on the goal line in the mud.

At that moment it looked as though defenders and attackers alike were transfixed looking at the motion less ball. The ball was eventually cleared by Celtic who were being tested by a confident Bransty team.

Having just missed this scoring chance Bransty had another great opportunity denied them when Karl Garner in the Celtic goal made a terrific one on one stop.

More Bransty pressure brought another goal and again it was Keeton Mellon who scored it. Deservedly 2-1 up at half time, Bransty were looking to be the first team to beat Celtic this season.

Celtic for their part were going to have to battle harder if they were to get any points out of this game.

Keelan Waddington having been brought on from the bench got Celtic level with a well worked goal. Picking the ball up in mid field, Owen Woods found Reuben Butterworth out wide on the right. Butterworth squared the ball to the feet of Waddington in the area, who hit a ‘first timer’ on the turn into the Bransty net.

Now with the score at 2-2, it was Celtics turn to apply the pressure and it was Waddington who delivered the killer blow.

Celtic were winning corners and it was the strike partnership of Ben Casson and Waddington who were getting their heads on the ball.

A lovely flighted corner by Jamie McAllister cleared the Bransty defenders for Waddington to head a great goal.

Now 3-2 up Celtic made a few positional changes in order to defend what they had. There were still chances for both teams as Bransty shaved the post and brought out more excellent saves from the Celtic keeper, as Celtic dug deep for the result.

Thomas Houghton had a fine game for Bransty and was judged their man-of-the-match. Elliot Todd had a good game for the visitors and was judged Celtic’s star man.

Results from March 10

Under-9: Bigrigg 1, Workington Jnrs A 5; Bransty Rangers 0 (Ashley Lowry MOM), Cleator Moor Celtic 6 (Reece Radcliffe 2, Dan Wood, Harry Watson, Robert Davison 2 + MOM); Cockermouth Thunder 0, St Bees 3 (Morgan Ackerley MOM); Frizington Whitestar 0 (Tor Pattinson MOM), Maryport Monsters A 9; Maryport Monsters B 0, Cockermouth Lightning 2; Whitehaven Miners Social 0 (Ellis Trotter MOM), Cleator Moor Celtic 0 (Robert Davidson MOM).

Under-10: Maryport Monsters A 4, Maryport Monsters B 0; Seaton 5, Cleator Moor Celtic B 0 (Jake Bonney MOM); St Bees 1 (Thomas Bragg MOM), Dearham 7; Whitehaven Miners Social 1 (Ellis O’Connor, Josh Ferguson MOM), Whitehaven AFC Whites 0 (Aaron Groggins MOM); Bransty Rangers 1, Workington Jnrs 2; Bigrigg 1 (Cameron Purdham, Robbie Moffit MOM), Workington Jnrs 2.

Under-11: Seaton 0, St Bees 5 (Will Field 2, Joseph Brennan, Matthew Le Jeune, Billy Thompson 1 + MOM); Seaton 1, Cockermouth 2; Maryport Monsters 1, Dearham 0; Windscale 2, Cleator Moor Celtic A 5.

Under-12: Bransty Rangers 6 (Sheldon Mossop 6 + MOM), Workington Jnrs 4; Windscale 5 (Owen Woodburn 2, Jordan Bowness 2, Keeton Trilby, Robert Farrah MOM), Cockermouth 1.

Under-13: Whitehaven Miners Social 0 (Rhys Brett MOM), Workington Jnrs 2.

Under-16 Div One: Bransty Rangers 3 (Brandon O’Fee 2, McCauley Woodburn 1 + MOM), Windscale 5 (Alex O’Connor, Jordan Livingstone, Joe Bold, Reece Fretwell, Aaron Blinco, Ryan Young MOM).

Fixtures for March 17

Under-9: Frizington Whitestar v Silloth; Maryport Monsters B v Maryport Monsters A; St Bees v Cockermouth Thunder; Whitehaven Amateurs Blues v Bransty Rangers; Whitehaven Amateurs Yellows v Cockermouth Lightning; Workington Jnrs A v Cleator Moor Celtic; Workington Jnrs B v Bigrigg.

Under-10: Maryport Monsters A v St Bees; Seaton v Maryport Monsters B; Whitehaven Amateurs Blues v Cockermouth; Whitehaven Amateurs Whites v Bransty Rangers; Whitehaven Miners Social v Cleator Moor Celtic B; Workington Jnrs v Dearham; Workington Redstar v Cleator Moor Celtic A.

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