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Celtic exit the FA Cup with no shots on target by Colne
By Deborah Taylor

It is a possible future Trivial Pursuit question as Celtic went out of the FA Cup with their opposition failing to register a single shot on target, mustering three all game.

The first half started slowly, Colne’s main threat arriving from whipped in long throws that Lewis Hood and his defence struggled to deal with but rarely caused any actual problems. Half an hour in, Celtic finally remembered their shooting boots. Keenan Quansah fired Dougie Nyaupembe’s free-kick wide and two minutes later, debutant Connor O’Grady nodded a corner straight at Hakan Burton in Colne’s nets. At the other end, the defining moment of the game arrived, with yet another launched throw-in from Lee Pugh. O’Grady was under pressure, but had he left the throw-in it would have been a goal-kick as it is impossible to score directly from a throw-in. However, he got his boot on the ball and diverted it into his own net.

The second half saw Celtic more of a threat, but still looking for an open-play goal. O’Grady headed a free-kick towards the top corner, with Burton well placed to save, whist Charlie Doyle and came the closest to giving Celtic a sliver of a chance heading in Jay Fitzmartin’s corner only for Burton to pull off the save of the match. Fitzmartin and Bakkor both went close, but ultimately, Celtic failed at the first hurdle in progression in the oldest cup competition in the world.

1Burton, Hakan  
2Forbes, TylerYellow Card 
3Pugh, Lee  
4Roberts, Oliver  
5Dean, Tom  
6Turner, Aaron  
7Williams, Anthony  
8Dodd, Alex  > 64
9Hasler-Clegg, William  
10Webb-Foster, Reece  
11Dugdale, Paul  
12Bayode, Atunde  
14Takpe, Enoch  
15Winstanley, Harry  
16Baldwin, Declan  < 64
17McFarlane, Ewan  
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