Celtic can look at the opening quarter of an hour of the game against Scarborough to see where it went wrong.
Tom Wilson backed off hotshot striker Nathan Cartman, after the Scarborough striker had stolen the ball in his own half. He evaded a challenge, raced into the box and curled his shot beyond the reach of Tom Stewart. However, it should have been one each quarter of an hour in, when Jonathon Ustabasi put Harry Freedman with only the keeper to beat. With the goal at his mercy, Freedman fluffed his shot, putting it too wide and missed the target.
Celtic rued that when Ashley Jacksonâ€™s floated cross to the back corner where Josh Barrett was waiting closely guarded by Stephen Oâ€™Halloran. There looked to be a shove by Barrett to keep Oâ€™Halloran away allowing him to loop his header over Stewart. The second goal allowed Scarborough to control the rest of the half, and they did, Celtic getting nowhere and just before half time, Jackson and Barrett linked up again, this time there was no doubt about the goal, it was sweetly struck from the edge of the area through a crowd.
Though Wilson got his head to a couple of corners, the closest Celtic came to scoring was after a good move, Mike Burke held off Harry Coates and put the ball into the path of Anthony Williams who hit the ball first time, Ryan Whitley watched relieved as it hit the outside of the post and went out. Williams got Celticâ€™s first shot on target with five minutes left on the clock, Whitley getting across to punch the ball out for a corner.
In truth, Scarborough did the work in the first part of the match and seemed content with that in the second, they converted all their chances.
|7||Barrett, Josh||> 69|
|8||Bishop, Neal||> 68|
|14||Cadman, James||< 68|
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