Celtic B gathered all three points in Airdrie after a brace from Ben Quinn claimed them a dramatic late win against Bo’ness United.
Both sides traded chances in the first half, but neither could convert. Celtic were thwarted on multiple occasions by the offside flag and by an impressive performance from the Bo’ness ‘keeper Musa Digaba.
While Bo’ness were kept at bay by Tobi Oluwayemi in the opening 45. Olywayemi’s first test came early on after he failed to clear an incoming cross and had to recover with an impressive stop from close.
Bo’ness came close to scoring early in the second half as a volley from Alassan Jones struck the bar after he wriggled through the box.
The hoops continued to put pressure on United’s defence as Joey Dawson had multiple looks on goal, but he couldn’t find the back of the net.
Despite Celtic’s persistent attacks, it was Bo’ness who opened the scoring in the 74th minute. Jones gave his side the lead as he fired a volley tidily into the bottom right corner.
Celtic were quick to respond though as Ben Quinn slotted the ball underneath Digaba after it bobbled through a crowd of players in the box to the boot of Celtic’s #11.
Quinn struck once again on the 84th minute mark as he sealed the win for his side. Quinn did well to manoeuvre through the sea of Bo’ness defenders before sending the ball into the net from a tight angle.
Quinn’s brace was enough to seal the three points for the bhoys as they now look onto Saturday’s test at home against Edinburgh University.
B team coach, Steven McManus, reflected on the game saying:
“Bo’ness are always very well organised and they made it difficult for us.
“I felt our final pass or cross let us down at times but the boys stayed positive. At half time, I asked them to stay patient and pick their moments and in the second half we did that.
Looking ahead to the Bhoys’ next game, McManus said:
“Every game is different and every team throws up a different challenge so it’s important that we always stick to the way we play.
“I still think we can get a bit better defensively, so of course there are some small things we need to improve on.
“The games all come thick and that, but the boys are developing and I think we are still getting better all the time.”
By Sam Scouller