Monday July 15, 2013 Qualifying Round 2 Celtic Park

Cliftonville v Celtic

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    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! All too easy for Celtic. A professional performance by Celtic, who played well within themselves in completing a 3-0 win. Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added to these 90 minutes.
    • 88' Kayal booked for pulling back Curran on the run. Celtic forced to face a free-kick, but deal with it well.
    • 87' Neat play by Rogic from Brown's pass, but the shot straight down the throat of Devlin, who makes a comfortable save in the end.
    • 86' Neil Lennon looking well and truly happy with his lot out there. Has been a professional performance from his side this evening.
    • 85' Off goes Forrest and on comes McGeough for Celtic in the closing moments.
    • 84' GOAL! Forrest buries his shot beyond Devlin from inside the home area, and Celtic lead 3-0. Game well and truly over now. And so is the tie.
    • 83' Forrest with some fine wing play out wide. Can't pick out a fellow team-mate and Cliftonville survive that latest attack.
    • 82' Johnston wallops a shot miles wide of goal from distance. Cliftonville chances few and far between.
    • 81' Forrest departs the action to be replaced by the young Australian player Tom Rogic.
    • 80' Some smart, smart play by Forrest. Finish not there, but Cliftonville not exactly handling the threat of the winger very well.
    • 79' Tony Watt penalised for a late foul on McMullan out wide. Devlin hammers it long from his own half.
    • 78' Another change then for Cliftonville as Garrett departs the scene to be replaced by Curran.
    • 77' Off goes Samaras and on comes Tony Watt for these closing 13 minutes. Celtic hoping to add a third goal for their effort this evening.
    • 76' Stokes sees a shot drift a few yards wide of the target. Change coming then for Celtic.
    • 75' Forrest tries his luck from distance, but ball straight into the arms of Devlin in that home goal.
    • 74' Celtic getting ready to throw Tony Watt into the action for the final 15 minutes or so. Lustig is back on his feet here. Which is good news.
    • 73' Donnelly thrown on for Cliftonville with Caldwell departing the action.
    • 72' Lustig down on the deck needing a spot of treatment here. Going to be another change coming up for the part-time side.
    • 71' Some smart play by Boyce on the run before Ambrose smashes the ball straight out of his own box.
    • 70' Smith on hand to block the Stokes cross. Celtic finding space almost at will whenever they press up the park.
    • 69' Almost an exceptional start for O'Carroll, but he knocks a volley wide of goal from 18 yards on the run. Chance to test Forster not taken.
    • 68' O'Carroll arrives to take over from Gormley for Cliftonville.
    • 67' Stoke thumps a shot against the bar and over from the Forrest pass. So much space in that box for Celtic.
    • 66' Boyce sees his effort charged down by Kayal. Celtic look to move the ball quickly from their own half.
    • 65' Garrett penalised for a foul on Brown in the middle of the park. Takes the heat off Celtic for a moment.
    • 64' Wilson helping out Ambrose with a solid enough piece of defending. Celtic bench discussing their options.
    • 63' Celtic fans making themselves heard. Get the feeling there are more goals in this for Celtic if they put their minds to it.
    • 62' Nice first touch and shot by Commons. Plenty of venom in the shot, but Devlin makes a sound stop.
    • 61' Maybe time for Celtic to freshen matters up. Or Cliftonville for that matter. Celtic again slowing the game down.
    • 60' Johnston eyes up his options from distance, but ends up cracking the volley at least five yards high over the bar. Goalkick to Celtic then.
    • 59' Chance for Smith in the Celtic box, but Wilson makes the block from the shot. Real chance not taken by the home side there.
    • 58' Forster forced to scamper across his line to clear the danger from the Brown passback.
    • 57' Stokes sees an opportunity to thump a shot at goal, but he pulls the effort a few yards wide of the target.
    • 56' Decent cross from Stokes. Forrest almost on the end of it, but the red shirts defend deeply and in numbers to clear the danger.
    • 55' Real chance for Gormley, but he never pulled the trigger in time. Game beginning to rampage from end to end.
    • 54' Devlin quickly off his line to gather the Stokes ball. Gormley tackled by Ambrose after some neat play by Boyce.
    • 53' Scannell doing well to clear the danger from the Commons free-kick.
    • 52' Lustig has been taken out of the action late by Boyce. Free-kick to Celtic.
    • 51' Catney penalised for a late foul on Brown. Celtic bring the ball down the pitch from deep.
    • 50' Caldwell dinks the ball into the middle of the box, but Forster off his line to clasp the cross.
    • 49' Celtic played on artificial surfaces in Finland and Russia last season. Not exactly the ideal surface, but Celtic handling the occasion well enough so far.
    • 48' Lustig with a bit of indecision. Garrett gets a shot at goal, but saved by Forster. Sloppy from the away side.
    • 47' Samaras on the run for Celtic. Tries to pick out Stokes, but dinks the ball into the arms of Devlin. Celtic continue with a sound tempo to their play.
    • 46' Celtic get the second half off and running then holding this 2-0 lead.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break. Celtic lead 2-0 at the break. All going according to plan for the Glasgow side.
    • 44' We approach the end of the first half. Celtic in command of the situation.
    • 43' Celtic will surely look to score a few more goals in this second half as Lustig shows his pace to win the ball from Garrett out wide.
    • 42' Devlin comes off his line to gather a loose ball after it was walloped forward hopefully.
    • 41' Stoke is penalised for wandering offside before Garrett brings down Wilson.
    • 40' The Celtic fans singing in the Belfast sunshine. This match going better than they could have imagined.
    • 39' What an effort that is from Commons. The front four of Commons, Samaras, Forrest and Stokes proving to be a real handful and then some.
    • 38' Commons sees the ball come back off the post with the goalkeeper well beaten. So unfortunate. Celtic pushing for the killer third goal.
    • 37' Forrest speeds to the byline. Picks out Stokes, but he can't control the ball in time as the red shirts clear from deep in their own half.
    • 36' Stokes wallops a free-kick straight into the wall. Samaras then penalised for a late challenge.
    • 35' Forrest taken out of the action late by Scannell, who is booked for that one. Celtic have a free-kick on the edge of the home box.
    • 34' Some lovely play by Commons to pick out Samaras for that second Celtic goal as Caldwell lifts an effort well over the bar at the other end.
    • 33' Stokes just failing to chip the goalkeeper with an audacious chip. Confidence visibly rising among the visiting players.
    • 32' This is turning out to be a very productive night for the Scottish champions. They could put this match to bed before next week's second leg at Celtic Park.
    • 31' GOAL! Samaras turns to slam the shot into the net from 18 yards. Brilliant strike from Samaras. Celtic lead 2-0.
    • 30' Samaras with a cross for Stokes, but he can't get a clean header at goal. Easy enough take for Devlin.
    • 29' Some smart play by Boyce. Turns quickly to slam the shot at goal, but Forster right behind the ball.
    • 28' Forrest slams a pass out to Commons, but he mistimes the cross this time. The Celtic fans enjoying a party in the sunshine.
    • 27' Brown sends Stokes away down a flank, and Devlin is forced to come off his line to clasp that cross. Decent stuff from Celtic again.
    • 26' So much for pre-season failures. Celtic full of confidence, and going for a second goal here.
    • 25' GOAL! Lustig arrives to nod into the net from Commons' corner and Celtic have the lead. All too easy. They lead 1-0.
    • 24' McMullan almost turns the ball into his own net with Forrest causing all sorts of problems from deep. Corner to Celtic.
    • 23' McMullan doing well again to cut out the pass by Commons. Celtic regroup before Lustig pushes on from deep.
    • 22' Commons goes short with the free-kick to Kayal, but he ends up whacking the shot a couple of yards wide from distance. Cliftonville have the goalkick.
    • 21' Was really booked there for a spot of dissent rather than the challenge.
    • 20' McGovern is booked for a late challenge on Samaras in the middle of the home half.
    • 19' Izaguirre throws over a cross, but just too high for Samaras. Decent idea, but delivery not quite there.
    • 18' Commons drills the ball into the wall with his left peg. Ball breaks off the wall before the home team clear the danger.
    • 17' Catney is penalised for a late foul on Commons and Celtic have a free-kick 25 yards or so from goal.
    • 16' Commons beats the offside trap, but can't control the ball in time and Cliftonville clear the danger.
    • 15' McMullan doing much better that time to stay on his feet and prevent Forrest from throwing over the cross. Three red shirts help out the captain.
    • 14' Lustig back to win the ball from Scannell. Celtic have to be very aware of what is going on out there.
    • 13' Strong play by Ambrose to win the ball in his own box before clearing from deep.
    • 12' Forster out to clasp the ball with Boyce lurking. Smith then knocks the ball high into the Celtic half.
    • 11' Celtic enjoying so much joy whenever they attack the right flank of the home side. Forrest and Izaguirre revelling in their evening so far.
    • 10' Catney with a late, late challenge on Samaras. Samaras then nods over under pressure from the Izaguirre cross.
    • 9' Tommy Breslin must be happy enough with how his side have started this match. Samaras seemed to be fouled but referee said no.
    • 8' Celtic forced to clear the ball for a corner after Wilson is caught out. Forster punches away the corner before Commons empties the clearance into the stands.
    • 7' Samaras continues to feed Forrest as much as possible. Celtic look to keep possession. Stokes fires the shot at distance, but easy enough take for Devlin.
    • 6' Kayal races forward from deep. Looks for a free-kick after taking a tumble, but the referee is content to wave play on. A hopeful dive perhaps by Kayal.
    • 5' Wilson rolls the ball back to Forster, who smashes it out of play. Gormley is then flagged offside after setting of too soon.
    • 4' Samaras showing off his class early on as he slides the ball into the path of Forrest, whose shot from inside the area clears the bar. Celtic look in the mood here.
    • 3' Commons sees a header come back off the bar from the Forrest cross. Lovely ball into the middle. Celtic so unfortunate not to be ahead.
    • 2' Wilson penalised for a late foul on Boyce and the home side have a free-kick from 25 yards out. Boyce smashes the ball straight into the wall and Celtic can clear.
    • 1' Cliftonville get the action off and running then in this one. A gorgeous night for football.
    • 19:40 Teams on their way out. Cliftonville in red, Celtic in green-and-white hoops. Certainly plenty of Celtic fans in for this away match on an artificial surface.
    • 19:35 "It's fantastic (to be home) for a competitive game, but I'll let you know afterwards," says Neil Lennon, who is without Victor Wanyama after he moved to Southampton in a £12.5 million switch. Gary Hooper is also missing with a £5m move to QPR apparently on the horizon. This is the biggest match in the 134-year history of Cliftonville.
    • 19:30 Midfielder Barry Johnston's great uncle Charlie Tully played 319 times for Celtic in the 1940s and 50. He is relishing the prospect of facing his boyhood idols. "I have supported Celtic since I was a kid and Paul McStay was my hero back then. But come kick-off there will be no divided loyalties. I won't be pulling out of tackles or saying 'after you' simply because it's Celtic. I'll be doing everything in my power to secure a positive result for Cliftonville."
    • 19:25 Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin is chasing a huge upset. "Everyone is fit and ready to go, except for long-term injury absentees Chris Scannell and Barry Holland, while Ciaran Donaghy is unavailable as he is just back from honeymoon. We have played in Europe before and had some good performances but to play a world renowned team like Celtic is just beyond belief. Remember just a few months ago they were in the last 16 of the Champions League and beat Barcelona."
    • 19:20 Neil Lennon is wary of what the home side have to offer on a plastic pitch and a 5,000 crowd hemmed into their small Belfast ground. "We have to be as professional as we can, quell the home crowd and try to impose our game on them," said Lennon. "We have to be as professional as we can, quell the home crowd and try to impose our game on them. Cliftonville are a good side and we've had them watched."
    • 19:15 Georgios Samaras is less than enthused about the prospect of playing on Solitude's plastic pitch when Celtic take on Cliftonville in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday night. Read what the Greece striker has to say about it here. "It is not like natural grass.."
    • 19:10 Celtic go with a strong side for their first competitive match of the new season. Captain Scott Brown is in from the start in midfield with Georgios Samaras partnering Anthony Stokes up front for the Scottish champions. Efe Ambrose is posted at the heart of the Celtic defence alongside Kelvin Wilson.
    • 19:05 Teams: Cliftonville: Devlin, McGovern, R Scannell, Johnston, Caldwell, McMullan, Garrett, Smyth, Catney, Gormley..subs: Brown, Donnelly, McNeill, O’Carroll, Curran, Cosgrove, Seydak/////Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Kayal, Forrest; Stokes, Samaras..subs: Zaluska, Amido, Rogic, Irvine, McGeouch, Waters, Watt
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Cliftonville v Celtic LIVE from Belfast in the second round of Champions League qualifiers. Celtic finished last season by winning the Scottish Cup on May 25, but are back in action only eight weeks later against the Northern Irish part-timers in the first of this double header. The Glasgow side need to get through three rounds to reach the group stages for a second successive season. Teams coming right up for you.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Cliftonville

    Manager: Thomas Breslin

  • Celtic

    Manager: Neil Lennon

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