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Boston Sail Into The Play Offs
By Debbie Taylor

Boston secured a play-off spot with a comprehensive win taking revenge for the early season Celtic win at their place.

With three academy players in the starting line-up for Celtic, Boston took full advantage, pressing from the off. Carl Piergianni twice went close from set pieces including forcing a superb save from Tony McMillan, before a flicked back header from Matty Hughes allowed Dayle Southwell to go one-on-one with McMillan. Despite the angle, Southwell wasn't going to miss and opened the scoring.

Lewis Willard beat McMillan with his lofted shot to the back post, but Peter Wylie was on hand to clear off the line, but when Southwell took advantage of a slip by Dale Wright to push the ball through to Jay Rollins, one-on-one, Rollins drew McMillan and sent him the wrong way with the deftest of touches to give the Pilgrims a two goal half time lead.

Boston were content to hold Celtic at bay for the first half of the second half, but when a corner was cleared out to Grant Roberts thirty yards from goal, his volley screamed into the top corner.

Ben McKenna was introduced and immediately started causing problems he curled a super shot in from the wing that was only just narrowly wide, and saw his snap shot well saved at the second attempt by a largely untroubled Fabian Speiss. Between the two efforts form McKenna, Southwell notched his second from a corner, stabbing home during a box melee.

Mal Lavelle-Moore's effort from the wing caused more trouble than it should have for McMillan, who spilled for a corner, and though Celtic cleared, Boston worked the ball back and Southwell got his hattrick turning in a low cross from Joe Burgess. For the sixth time this season, Celtic conceded five, but finish in a reasonable mid-table position. Boston go into the play offs full of confidence, and good luck to them in them.

1Speiss, Fabian  
2Mills, Zak  > 80
3McEvoy, Dylan  
4Roberts, Grant  
5Brown, Nat  
6Piergianni, Carl  
7Felix, Kaine  > 76
8Garner, Scott  
9Southwell, Dayle  
10Hilliard, Lewis  
11Rollins, Jay  > 76
12Robinson, Conner  
14Jones, Mark  < 76
15Lavelle-Moore, Mal  < 76
16Johnson, Cameron  
17Burgess, Joe  < 80
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