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Celtic 2 Dunfermline 1 - It Was A Real Struggle
James Forrest bagged an extra-time winner as Celtic scrambled into the last eight of the Betfred Cup.

James Forrest bagged an extra-time winner as Celtic scrambled into the last eight of the Betfred Cup .

The cup holders managed to put their Champions League nightmare exit to CFR Cluj to bed by starting the defence of their trophy with a success.

However, it was a real struggle as they needed additional time to see off their Championship opposition.

A Mikey Johnston goal nine minutes after the break seemed enough to settle the tie in Celtic’s favour, but Tom Beadling struck 12 minutes from the end to shock the champions and force extra-time. It was a deserved reward for the visitors for a performance full of endeavour, and when the chance presented itself, no little adventure.

Alas, that wasn’t quite enough to pull off a seismic shock, James Forrest saving the day for Celtic as his deflected effort sailed into the corner with six minutes remaining of extra-time.

The Green Brigade in the standing section of Celtic Park had sent out a message to the Celtic board prior to the game that their downsizing was risking 10 in-a-row. They were presumably referring to league titles, rather than a tilt at a tenth domestic trophy in succession that almost came unstuck here in the unlikeliest fashion.

The last thing that Celtic manager Neil Lennon would have wanted as he tries to regroup his shattered troops ahead of their Europa League play-off first leg tie against AIK Stockholm on Thursday night was to have his men play 120 minutes here. But it was no more than they deserved.

The fact that Celtic kept up their long unbeaten record in domestic cup competitions, which now stretches to 28 games, was about the only positive they could take from the afternoon. It is the first time they have been taken to extra-time during that run.

Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 17 August 2019 - 17:01:20 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
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