Hoops he did it again… Dish serves up late winner against Celtic B

Posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Spartans left it late at the Penny Cars Stadium on a wet Wednesday evening with a last minute Jamie Dishington header enough to separate the sides.

There was just the one change in Dougie Samuel’s side that defeated Gretna at the weekend, with Gregor Woods replaced by teenager Finn Robson who made his starting debut since his loan move from Dundee United.

The hosts enjoyed several International age-grade call ups for their squad members which offered opportunities for others to show their potential in their absence.

Spartans Academy Patron and former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan was an interested spectator in the stand as the sides used the opening minutes to familiarise themselves with the North Lanarkshire climate following a day of sunshine and blue sky in the capital.

It was the hosts who almost broke the deadlock in the sixth minute when Owen Moffat charged down a clearance and was one-on-one against Jack Newman who raced out from his line to deny the Celtic youngster.

Spartans then had a corner which was well delivered by Cammy Russell however there were no takers at the back post to stick the ball home.

Russell then had a half chance of his own, cutting in from the touchline to forge open a space twenty yards out, however Ryan Mullen was equal to the task to save.

Half Time: Celtic B 0-0 The Spartans

Celtic were awarded a 60th minute free-kick some 30 yards out. The tricky Ben Wylie made a fine attempt, clearing the wall and sending it towards the top corner, only to find Jack Newman in Malt & Hops Man of the Match mode as his flying frame cut through the Airdrie rain to send the ball to safety with a tremendous save.

The hosts produced one of the best moves of the evening when the swept from defence to attack in quick time with a series of passes. Thankfully for the visitors, Newman was on hand, literally, to deny.

Dougie Samuel made a change with 15 minutes to go, with Lennon Walker making it a hat-trick of Spartans Tangerines on the pitch, when he replaced the industrious Russell.

There was a stramash in the Celtic six yard box as Spartans pushed for a goal, but it was a push on the keeper that was the only outcome.

Chris Inglis made his first team debut with the match finely poised, taking over from Ian McFarland in the middle of the park.

It could very well have been the fairytale of debuts for Under 20s defender Inglis when, in the dying moments, a Sam Jones corner kick evaded Mikey Allan at the front post, the ball then hitting the back just outwith the reach of Inglis however it fell to Jamie Dishington who adjusted his body to send his header beyond Mullen into the net.

There was barely enough time to restart the match before Referee Ryan Kennedy reached for his whistle one last time.

FT: Celtic B 0-1 The Spartans

 Malt and Hops Man of the Match: Jack Newman

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 30th September
Opponent: Bonnyrigg Rose
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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