Superior Greens hit Rovers for six
Royston Celtic Greens 6 BSCFC Rovers 0 Under-12s Division Four THIS was an important match for Celtic with their rivals only three points behind them at the start of play and both teams launched early attacks to try and establish their superiority. It was
Royston Celtic Greens 6 BSCFC Rovers 0
Under-12s Division Four
THIS was an important match for Celtic with their rivals only three points behind them at the start of play and both teams launched early attacks to try and establish their superiority.
It was the hosts who threatened the most, with just five minutes on the clock when Callum Goodall put the ball into the net after Rovers had failed to clear from the goalmouth.
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In the eighth minute the same player, showing excellent energy and support play, was on hand again to finish a strong run down the right by Danny Mynott who put in several such runs and crosses, plus a few shots, during the match.
Rovers hit back quickly and Ryan Judge was called upon to make an important block in the 10th minute and another save just three minutes later without which Rovers might have been back in the match.
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Celtic were clearly dominating in midfield with Robbie Filby full of energy, harrying the opposition, chasing back in defence and prompting the attack, and he was well supported by Matthew Foley who had a close shot in the 21st minute.
This pressure paid off for Celtic in the 23rd minute when Charlie Edwards, playing on the left wing, scored a trademark goal with a left foot shot through the crowd following a Celtic corner.
Despite being 3-0 down Rovers rallied strongly and still looked dangerous, outpacing the Celtic defence on occasions. Timely interventions were needed by Jordan Cooney and Ethan Lewis to keep things going Celtic's way.
Earlier in the season Celtic had surrendered a three goal lead to let slip two points but they started strongly in the second half and scored on the break with a well-taken goal by Brandon Hargreaves who had deputised well in an unfamiliar striker's role whilst still posing a threat with several threatening runs down the left flank.
Man-of-the-match Charlie Edwards reverted to left back in place of able deputy Ian Kuenzi, but that did not stop him scoring his second as he glided a header into the net from a corner halfway through the second half.
After that, with Tom McGee marshalling an increasingly mean Celtic defence, Rovers began to wilt and Faheem Jeewoth made no mistake when put through after 21 minutes.
Celtic finished strongly with some assistance from late substitutes Ollie Green and Matthew Cudmore.
Team manager Wayne Hargreaves expressed his delight with the performance in one word: "Excellent."
Royston Celtic Greens: Judge, Lewis, Cooney, McGee, Kuenzi, Mynott, Filby, Foley, Edwards, Goodall, Hargreaves. Subs: Jeewoth, Ison, Green, Cudmore.