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2011-09-21: Ross County 0-2 Celtic, League Cup
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- League Cup third round.
- Good night as Rangers knocked out 3-2 by Falkirk! Hearts & Aberdeen also out! Sort of makes up for our loss to Huns in league on Sunday past.
- Loads of injuries prior to this game....
Review"That'll do me ....a good win to get us back on track : midweek, away from home, pashin' a rain, shampoo bus trip, dogged opposition, small pitch, immediately after worst performance under the current manager and a humping by der scumbags .....about as unappealing as professional football gets really.
It should help get that effin horror story out of the system...a decent starting point for a fresh resolve.
'Mon the bhoys.
Hail! Hail! "
(Asgardtreasure of KDS Forum)
Hooper's interview with the BBC:
'So, Gary, a good performance tonight'
'Yeah, played well, glad we scored early, just looking forward to Saturday
'Does that help moral after Sunday?'
'Yeah, played well, glad we scored early, just looking forward to Saturday'
'It was a tough game though?'
'Yeah, played well, glad we scored early, just looking forward to Saturday'
- 06Lawson (Corcoran 84)
- 11Vigurs (Byrne 75)
- 09McMenamin; yellow card (Kettlewell 84)
- 04El Kaddouri
- 06Wilson (Wanyama 46)
- 02Matthews; yellow card
- 10Stokes (Bangura 78)
- 88Hooper (George 89)
- Hooper 13
- Boyd (og) 51
- Match Report (see end of page below)
- Voting Thread
- Result Thread
- Winner -
- 2011-12 Winners
- Ross County 40%
- Celtic 60%
Attempts on target
- Ross County 2
- Celtic 5
Attempts off target
- Ross County 1
- Celtic 0
- Ross County 5
- Celtic 4
- Ross County 8
- Celtic 13
Ross County 0 - 2 Celtic: No Highland emergency as Celtic avoid any late lapsesThe Scotsman
Published Date: 22 September 2011
By Andrew Smith
at Victoria Park
THERE was all sorts of excitable natter about what a Celtic slip-up last night could do for Neil Lennon's managerial status on the back of his team's foul-up against Rangers.
It wasn't matched by what ensued in the Scottish Communities League Cup third round tie at Dingwall.
The visitors never looked like failing to improve on a pre-match sequence of two wins in seven games once Gary Hooper had given them a 13th minute lead. In contrast to the teams' never-to-be-forgotten last cup meeting, it was regulation top-flight team beats lower division team stuff in the Highlands.
This time around, County ultimately cooked their own goose instead of feasting on a big bird. There was really no way back for them after an own goal in the 51st minute from Scott Boyd. Celtic stood up to a tricky and, at time, tousy contest without ever attaining any great fluency or flair. They were dogged and efficient whenever they had to be. Having proved so pathetically powder puff in the second period at Ibrox, that alone would have made the performance of his men one from which Lennon could draw satisfaction. And relief.
Celtic's starting line-up told the story of who Lennon decided must carry the can for the derby disaster. For only one player dropped out for purely tactical reasons. That was the luckless Glenn Loovens who was by no means the worst in the 4-2 loss. It isn't that he would have been joined by Georgios Samaras, but there wasn't a decision to be made on the Greek owing to a rib problem. Injuries accounted for the absence of a further three with Scott Brown, Ki Sung Yeung and Mark Wilson left behind in Glasgow.
The recently disappeared Kris Commons wasn't, but he might as well have been. For the midfielder once more could not even make the bench. And that was despite Lennon stating pre-match that Commons, whose public expression of surprise over his non-appearance in the squad at the weekend via Twitter didn't thrill him, was looking better in training and getting over "trying too hard".
There was a trying element to the encounter at Dingwall for much of the first period. It could be attributed to both sides struggling to master horrible conditions. The sheeting rain sometimes did abate - to leave a downpour.
The home side, meanwhile, featured a number of the players to have caused a deluge of biblical proportions to be cast down on Celtic with their historic Scottish Cup semi-final win in April 2010.
Captain Richard Brittain, Michael Gardyne and Gary Miller didn't appear in any mood to give their opponents an easier time of it than 18 months ago. Not that the defeat would have featured much on the minds of those in the visiting side since not one of them had played in that Hampden humiliation.
Derek Adams' men scrapped, as was expected of them, and did so in admirable fashion after Celtic seemed to have secured themselves a nerve-settling early lead. A corner from Charlie Mulgrew on the right on 13 minutes drifted beyond the far post where it was collected by Anthony Stokes. He chipped it back in to cause an almighty mess in the penalty area. The ball dropped to Hooper, practically on the goal-line, and he made sure with a firm shot.
County's response was to dig deeper. And, courtesy of a 22-yard swerving, thumping volley from Gardyne that shuddered the base of the upright with Fraser Foster beaten, they almost dug out an equaliser eight minutes later. Their dig thereafter in the opening half stopped Lennon's side building up any momentum and resulted in some meaty challenges. Indeed, throughout Miller and Stokes seemed to be constantly niggling each other. The first booking did not arrive until just after the half-hour mark, however. It was earned by Colin McMenamin after the home forward clattered Kelvin Wilson.
It left the big Englishman requiring a lengthy period of treatment and, although he carried on, he did not reappear after the interval. Victor Wanyama entered the fray in centre midfield, which meant some rejigging for Lennon with Mulgrew moving into centre-back and Ledley taking up his previous position wide on the left.
Within six minutes of the restart Celtic seemed to wrap up their place in the quarter-finals, - with more than a little help from their hosts. There was no need for Scott Boyd to slide in and turn the ball into his own net in attempting to cut-out a ball across the box from the left by Stokes. There was no Celtic player coming in behind the County defender and so no real danger to react to. Especially not in such clumsy fashion.
Adams's men continued to harry, chase and even spread the play to decent effect on occasion and never at any stage gave up the tie. But Celtic played out the second half in composed and convincing fashion. Three days too late for that, their manager and their fans would bemoan.
Ross County: Fraser, Miller, Boyd, Munro, Fitzpatrick, Lawson (Kettlewell 84), Brittain, Quinn, Vigurs (Byrne 75), Gardyne, McMenamin (Corcoran 84). Subs: Malin, Flynn.
Celtic: Foster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Wilson (Wanyama 46), El Kaddouri, Forrest, Kayal, Ledley, Mulgrew, Stokes (Bangura 78), Hooper (George 89). Subs: Zaluska, Rogne.
Referee: C Murray
Ross County0-2CelticPage last updated at 20:11 GMT, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:11 UK By Andy Campbell
BBC Sport Scotland Celtic booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup after seeing off the challenge of Ross County.
County, looking to repeat their 2010 Scottish Cup win over Celtic, fell behind when Gary Hooper tapped home on the line after 13 minutes.
The hosts almost levelled when Michael Gardyne's piledriver rattled the post.
Scott Boyd's own goal gave Celtic a healthier lead and Neil Lennon's side were comfortable thereafter.
Celtic join Scottish Premier League contemporaries Dundee United, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Division One Falkirk and Second Division East Fife in the last eight.
The visitors moved into the lead after Charlie Mulgrew's corner had been cleared and then retrieved by Anthony Stokes. Hooper's opener put Celtic in control early in the match The striker's cross back into the danger area was headed down by Joe Ledley to the predatory Hooper, who added the final touch.
Celtic were having some success from Mulgrew's deliveries, County taking several attempts to clear after another inswinging corner from the left-sided player.
County's fans were on their feet moments later, only to have their celebrations cut short.
Michael Gardyne hovered on the D of the penalty area as the Celtic defence cleared and smacked a volley against the base of Fraser Forster's left-hand post.
Goalkeeper Michael Fraser was quick off his line to block an effort by Ledley after the Welshman had been put through by Hooper.
Colin McMenamin was unable to get enough purchase on a shot that Forster claimed but the Highlanders' ability to get the ball forward quickly was causing Celtic problems.
However, Celtic doubled their lead seven minutes after the break.
Hooper forced a save from Fraser but County failed to clear their lines and Stokes's low cross was turned into the net by Boyd.
Pressure continued to be exerted on the Ross County backline and a late intervention by the experienced Grant Munro averted the danger posed by Forrest.
Celtic retained possession well in the closing stages and Fraser made an excellent save late on to deny substitute Paul George from close range.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon:
"I'm delighted, it wasn't easy. It never is coming to a First Division ground, the conditions were difficult to play in.
"We were very professional and it was exactly the reaction I was looking for from the players.
"The attitude and the manner we approached the game in was what I wanted.
"The football we played at times in the final third was very good. I'm also very pleased with the clean sheet.
"There were some very good individual performances."
Ross County manager Derek Adams:
"We started the game very well. We lost a bad goal but after that Michael Gardyne hit the post.
"In the second half, no complaints. I thought that Celtic thoroughly deserved to win the match.
"We went 2-0 down and there was only one winner after that.
"Celtic were far too strong for us. They're at a different level from us.
"I'm proud of the players and the way they stuck to their task. We caused them problems at times."
- Final Result
- Full Time
- 90:00+2:33 The match has reached full-time.
- 90:00+1:54 Mark Corcoran takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
- 90:00+0:31 Gary Miller takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
- 88:29 James Forrest takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Michael Gardyne makes a clearance.
- 88:29 Substitution Paul George on for Gary Hooper.
- 83:30 Substitution Stuart Kettlewell is brought on as a substitute for Colin McMenamin.
- 83:30 Substitution (Ross County) makes a substitution, with Mark Corcoran coming on for Paul Lawson.
- 81:37 The official flags Kurtis Byrne offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
- 80:27 Corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain from the right by-line, clearance made by Victor Wanyama.
- 79:02 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain from the left by-line, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic.
- 78:21 Unfair challenge on Scott Boyd by Mohamed Bangura results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Fraser.
- 77:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by Paul Lawson. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
- 77:41 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Mohamed Bangura coming on for Anthony Stokes.
- 75:40 Colin McMenamin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
- 74:36 Inswinging corner taken by Richard Brittain from the left by-line, Victor Wanyama makes a clearance.
- 74:36 Substitution Iain Vigurs leaves the field to be replaced by Kurtis Byrne.
- 73:40 Charlie Mulgrew is adjudged to have handled the ball. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Iain Vigurs from right channel, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
- 72:19 The referee blows for offside against Anthony Stokes. Michael Fraser takes the indirect free kick.
- 66:09 Daniel Majstorovic challenges Colin McMenamin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rocco Quinn takes the free kick.
- 60:12 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Michael Fraser.
- 59:20 Joe Ledley decides to take the corner short, Colin McMenamin manages to make a clearance.
- 58:31 Unfair challenge on Marc Fitzpatrick by James Forrest results in a free kick. Marc Fitzpatrick restarts play with the free kick.
- 55:19 Iain Vigurs concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
- 51:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Forrest on Marc Fitzpatrick. Richard Brittain restarts play with the free kick.
- 50:58 GOAL - Scott Boyd:Ross County 0 - 2 Celtic Scott Boyd concedes an unfortunate own goal. Ross County 0-2 Celtic.
- 50:15 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Michael Fraser makes a save.
- 46:37 Foul by Gary Hooper on Scott Boyd, free kick awarded. Gary Miller takes the direct free kick.
- 45:01 The second half has started.
- 45:01 Substitution Victor Wanyama joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kelvin Wilson.
- Half Time
- 45:00+0:56 The ref blows to signal half-time.
- 44:19 Colin McMenamin takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
- 41:28 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save made by Michael Fraser.
- 39:09 Rocco Quinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
- 37:15 The assistant referee flags for offside against Colin McMenamin. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
- 36:04 Anthony Stokes fouled by Scott Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Matthews crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Scott Boyd makes a clearance.
- 32:56 Colin McMenamin concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Wilson. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
- 32:20 Booking Colin McMenamin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
- 31:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Brittain on Adam Matthews. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.
- 31:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
- 30:31 Colin McMenamin fouled by Kelvin Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Iain Vigurs, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.
- 24:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Colin McMenamin. Michael Fraser takes the free kick.
- 22:15 Michael Fraser takes the direct free kick.
- 22:15 Booking Adam Matthews goes into the book.
- 22:12 Foul by Adam Matthews on Michael Gardyne, free kick awarded.
- 20:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Ledley on Richard Brittain. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Iain Vigurs, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
- 19:35 Michael Gardyne takes a shot from a just insdie the box and hits the post.
- 19:00 James Forrest concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Fitzpatrick. Michael Fraser takes the direct free kick.
- 17:47 Badr El Kaddouri is ruled offside. Michael Fraser takes the free kick.
- 17:07 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Scott Boyd.
- 16:36 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Miller.
- 14:09 Richard Brittain gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Badr El Kaddouri. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
- 12:55 The assist for the goal came from Joe Ledley.
- 12:55 GOAL - Gary Hooper:Ross County 0 - 1 Celtic Gary Hooper finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ross County 0-1 Celtic.
- 11:54 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Mulgrew.
- 10:04 Badr El Kaddouri challenges Rocco Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Iain Vigurs takes the direct free kick.
- 4:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Colin McMenamin. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
- 3:42 Badr El Kaddouri challenges Richard Brittain unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Miller takes the free kick.
- 1:14 Rocco Quinn fouled by Kelvin Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Brittain, clearance by Gary Hooper.
- 0:00 The game gets underway.
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