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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Mighty Whites notch up first victory

PLAYED on Friday night under lights on the Netherhall Astro turf, this was the reverse fixture that Celtic A U10s had won at home, 7-0, against Seaton.

The game started at a cracking pace as both teams launched their respective attacks. Celtic opened the scoring when a Jamie McAllister long throw was allowed to bounce across the Seaton goal area. A kind bounce fell to Ben Casson on the back post who fired in a great shot from the edge of the box. It wasn’t long before Celtic extended their lead when Keelan Waddington struck a sweet shot that lifted the Seaton net.

Waddington also had a hand in the next goal providing the telling pass that enabled Owen Bell to score Celtic’s third goal. This took the match to the half time whistle. A half that Celtic had controlled from the back, with Lewis Durham having a big game. Seaton for their part had not troubled the Celtic keeper who was playing behind an in form defence. Celtic may have thought it was ‘job done’ at the start of the second half but Seaton got stuck into them and had an attacking spell that saw Celtic on their own goal line for an extended period. Seaton had numerous corners, forced several top class saves out of Karl Garner in the Celtic goal and missed a couple of great chances. Celtic’s Captain Jamie McAllister having been knocked backwards, of his feet, by a ball that struck him in the chest defended heroically with a tackle count that went ‘off scale’.

McAllister’s contribution to the team effort was immense. Battling out of defence, Reuben Butterworth picked up a ball in mid field that he pushed out to Owen Bell on the wing. Bell cut inside to hit a great goal from outside the box, his second of the match. Celtic again got the upper hand requiring the Seaton keeper Thomas Dover to pull off a few class saves. When Celtic were awarded a free kick close to the Seaton goal, Owen Woods hit a thunderous shot past the Seaton wall that Dover got a touch on, to put it over the bar. Woods made no mistake later however, running on to a through ball to crash in Celtic’s fifth and final goal of the match.

A good 5-0 win for Celtic to keep this season’s unbeaten run in tact, and to stay top of the division. Seaton could have and perhaps should have scored but it wasn’t to be. They played some good football with a lot of spirit, none more so than mid fielder Luke Wilson who was their MOM. Celtic’s MOM was Keelan Waddington.C M Celtic U10’s Vs Whitehaven Amateurs Whites.

U10s: Cleator Moor Celtic v Whitehaven Amateurs

THIS was a top verses bottom clash between an unbeaten Celtic side and Whitehaven Amateurs Whites with just one win under their belts.

Celtic without their regular keeper gave the gloves to Keelan Waddington and gave mid fielder Reuben Butterworth the striker role. Fed by a good Owen Woods cross Butterworth was soon on the score sheet with a close range strike. He got his second with a smart turn and strike from an Owen Bell cross. This same partnership produced a third Celtic goal and a Butterworth hat trick.

Though Amateurs were battling hard it looked at this stage that Celtic were going to run away with this one. Amateurs fighting spirit got them into the Celtic half where they forced a corner. The ball was whipped in and when Celtic failed to clear it Oliver Williamson hit an unstoppable shot that was a deserved uplift for Amateurs. The teams went in at the half with Celtic 3-1 up. For the restart Butterworth was moved into the Celtic goal and Waddington was switched to his more usual striker role. When a long range Jami McAllister shot was so powerful the keeper could only parry the ball, Waddington was in like a flash to stroke the ball home.

Waddington got his second from a good ball from McAllister to take the score to 5-1 to Celtic. Ben Casson added a sixth and McAllister added a seventh goal to make the final score 7-1 to Celtic. Though overrun at times Amateurs showed great spirit with Mitchel Sparks having a good game at the back. Goal scorer Oliver Williamson also had a good game and was voted Amateurs MOM.

The Celtic MOM was mid fielder Owen Woods who put in another eye catching performance.

U10s: Whitehaven Amateurs Whites v Whitehaven Miners

A CHAMPAGNE moment at the Focus scaffolding stadium as the “Mighty” Whites’ after 15 defeats, finally recorded their first league victory with a 3-2 scoreline over the hardworking Miners.

No one would deny this set of kids this first victory as they have stuck together and improved throughout the season and after the final whistle blew champagne sprayed and glistened in.

The floodlit night sky falling like a thousand shooting stars onto their delighted faces and with parents and coaches alike joining in the celebrations. It was like a cup final victory.

To the match itself and the Whites got off to the best possible start as early pressure saw their leading striker Logan Graham put through on goal and he duly opened the scoring after just four minutes.

The Whites were always on the attack with Aarron Groggins putting in a dazzling display of running and a second goal threatened.

But all credit to the Miners as a chance came their way and Calvin Nicholas duly put the ball in the net and it was 1-1 as the half time whistle blew.

The second half saw the Whites back on the attack dominating the game with Ellis Selkirk putting in a great shift in midfield and some good running down the line from Mitchell Sparks.

A second goal was sure to come and it did as the impressive Oliver Williamson put the Whites 2-1 ahead with a fine strike, but again the Miners,who played their part in a great battle got themselves back into the game as they squeezed the ball home in a defensive melee with Miners’ Oscar Nicholson getting the final touch.

However the Whites were not going to be denied this first victory with goalkeeper Callan Lynch and his back line of Patrick Gunn,Liam Wright and the awesome Dylan Watson making sure the Miners were kept at bay.

The Whites then after a lot of attacking pressure finally got the goal to take them 3-2 ahead after a goalmouth scramble saw Oliver Williamson poke home his second goal of the match.

The final minutes were nail biting for Whites’ coach John Graham as he waited for the final whistle to blow to end the game whereupon scenes of jubilation erupted from all connected with the Whites.

Surely one of the greatest scenes ever witnessed in junior football !

U9s: Maryport v Cleator Moor Celtic

CELTIC arrived in Maryport on the back of some great wins and were expected to make light of the Monsters B.

That, unfortunately for them, proved harder than they thought and after a hard battle they left town with a narrow victory.

From the start Celtic had the better of the play but the Maryport lads tried, and succeeded at times to play some nice football of their own. Taylor Richardson and Reece Radcliffe bossed the midfield but couldn’t get their normal balls out to wingmen Sam King, getting stuck in as normal,and Robert Davidson.

Consequently Dan Hood, scorer of six goals in the last four games had slim pickings up front. Dan was marked well by the Maryport back two and couldn’t get into a decent scoring position.

Half way through the half, the Bigrigg bullet Ethan Kegg, pushed a Maryport attacker in the back and a penalty was awarded. Harsh by some standards but a penalty none the less.It was duly despatched and Celtic found themselves a goal down against the run of play.

The second half saw the introduction of the Wizard Harry Watson, and as so often the case, he provided the extra spark Celtic needed to gain the upper hand.

Harry’s extra movement and probing runs gave the Monsters more of a problem and he created space for the other green machine lads to play the more expansive game they like.

Keggy and Dylan Dunn were getting more involved in the play and the greens took control of the game. From a throw in taken quickly by Taylor, Robert danced by two markers cut the ball back and Sam King tapped into an unguarded net to even things up.

Celtic then won a corner on the left which Rob took short to Dylan. Dylan, surprising the Maryport lads, whipped a lovely ball into the area which Taylor got a head to and glanced a cheeky flick past Alaister Shaw Hughes in the monsters goal for the deciding goal.

Celtic had other chances and restricted the Monsters to few efforts at Natty Dougan’s goal, yet the game was still a battle in midfield, and Celtic were given a good test by the excellent Monsters’ team,who have improved tremendously. Another good win for the Green and Whites and a great showing from the Monsters.

Celtic goals Sam King,Taylor Richardson

U8s: St Bees v Bransty Yellows

THE Bees stormed the first half and overpowered the Yellows to go into the break with a 3-0 advantage.

However the Yellows got themselves organised during the half time break and came out fighting as Jay Taylor grabbed two goals to close the gap to 3-2.

St Bees sensed the danger and upped the tempo and added two goals to their tally and the game finished 5-2 to the Bees.

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