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The Balls of the Old (Green) Brigade

Discussion in 'TalkCeltic News' started by CheGuevara, Nov 7, 2021.

By CheGuevara on Nov 7, 2021 at 2:09 PM
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    The start of this crucial tie was held up due to a tennis ball protest, but it took only seven minutes after the restart for Celtic to take control of the tie.

    The boot of Ralstinho cause a lot of consternation in the Dundee defence as his shot ricocheted off the head of Sweeney before rattling the post. The rebound dropped invitingly to the foot of the magnificently maned Jota, who swept it into the net past the prone and despairing Legzdins in goal.

    Kyogo came close after a nice cross from Abada on the right. The little Israeli sptted the run from the Japanese talisman and he met it with the head, but glanced it slightly wide.

    Welsh looped a ball onto the roof of the Dundee net when the home team failed miserably to clear a ball that bounced invitingly around the area from a Celtic cross, but eventually nestled safely over.

    Kyogo, who had narrowly missed from an Abada cross found himself in identical territory on 20 minutes, and this time he would NOT miss the target. Carter Vickers found Abada on the right with a nice pass. The wee winger held the ball up for the run from Ralstinho and the Brazilian born brickie chipped the ball into the path of the Japanese hitman who rose above the Dundee defence and nodded it into the net for the second.

    Kyogo tried a cheeky and deft chip across goal, but the execution wasn't precise enough.

    Much to my chagrin, Dundee broke back at the opposite end to half the deficit. McMullan and McGowan combined on the left to cross into the box where Mullen was waiting to pounce with an easy header past Joe Hart.

    Carter Vickers came close with an absolute bullet header from a corner, saved at close range by Legzdins when it looked like a goal all the way.

    Celtic racked up a huge 9 corners in the first half and the last fell to the head of an unmarked Stephen Welsh 8 yards from goal. There big centre half met it with aplomb but somehow contrived to knock it wide when he should have at least made the goalkeeper work. A poor attempt it has to be said.

    Half time Dundee 2 Celtic 1

    The lustrously locked Portuguese wideman would get us started in the second half with another great goal. Abada showed good determination to tarck down the Dundee defence. He touched inside to Turnbull who passed in turn to Ralston. The goal was made sweeter by the attempted tackle on Ralston by Adam who ended up sprawled on the deck, and for Ralston to cross over to the foot of Jota who guided it past Legzdens into the net. Ralstons THIRD assist of the game so far.

    The best goal was yet to come, but it wouldn't take long. Some fantastic one two touches down the left involving Jota culminated in a pass of beauty to the feet of Kyogo, and once again the little hitman was lethal with his finish into the Dundee goal. His left footed shot curled in off the keepers right hand post to nestle into the net.

    Kyogo and Abada were replaced with half an hour to go, by Giakoumakis and Forrest and the two new faces almost made an impact with a dinked ball by the Scottish winger into the near post towards Giakoumakis who had made the front post run, but couldn't quite find the finish.

    Dundee scored another as a cross ball came into the box from a shy on the left. It seemed fairly safe but Hart came out and never got near the cross only for Ashcroft to nod into the net.

    The game took a little dip for a while but it was lit up by great footwork by Jota who skinned Kerr on the left and drove into the box unleashing an effort that went past the post.

    Jota was replaced late on by Johnston, but it was the combination of Forrest and Giakoumakis who would come close shortly after. Forrest found himself onside from a nice pass through the lines and he rounded the goalkeeper and a defender. His unselfish pass was aimed at the big greek but he was under pressure and leaning back and shot over.

    It would end at 4-2. Two goals apiece from Jota and Kyogo in what was a very comfortable performance, and nothing less than Celtic deserved for the endeavour shown. We go into the international break one point behind the KKKlan, albeit that they have their game in hand against Ross County later today.
     
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