Saturday January 21, 2012 Day 24 Finished Greenhill Road

St. Mirren 0 - 2 Celtic

  • Forrest 71’
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  1. Celtic sink battling Saints

    Celtic sink battling Saints

    James Forrest and Scott Brown scored as Celtic beat a stubborn St Mirren 2-0 at St Mirren Park to extend their SPL lead to five points. More

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    • St. Mirren
    • Celtic
    • 90'+3 And there's the final whistle! It’s 12 wins on the spin for Celtic. The Bhoys have overcome a battling St Mirren 2-0 and extend their lead at the top of the SPL to five points. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90'+2 We're in the last minute. Celtic are playing out time in the St Mirren half.
    • 90' There'll be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' It's another free-kick to Celtic, ROGNE!! It's a third!! NO!! It's been disallowed for offside! That looked a good goal but it’s been chalked off!
    • 88' GOAL CELTIC!! Corner to Celtic, played short to the unmarked Scott Brown who curls a superb strike beyond Samson and into the corner! St Mirren 0 Celtic 2!! Game over!
    • 87' Sub for Celtic. Forrest makes way for Adam Matthews.
    • 86' We're in the last five minutes as the rain lashes down in Paisley.
    • 85' Brown to Stokes. Forced backwards. Rogne thumps it long. Tesselaar is there. Thompson now, Imrie again on the right, cus inside, SHOOTS!! Can't get the curl on it and it's wide of Forster's goal!
    • 83' Commons with a wayward effort that almost spins out for a throw!
    • 82' Double sub for St Mirren. It’s Teale on for Mair and Aaron Mooy for Barron.
    • 81' Corner for St Mirren. McAUSLAND!! Heads straight at Forster who saves with his knee!
    • 80' Gary Teale is about to come on for Saints with 10 minutes left.
    • 79' And that shows how frantic! McLean lets fly with a long range effort that sails into the crowd!
    • 78' There's a frantic air about St Mirren now. Celtic are understandably looking much more settled and are beginning to spray a few passes around.
    • 77' Foul against Imrie now. Similar position to last time, out wide. Swung in, this time it's cleared by the St Mirren backline.
    • 76' Foul against Barron who climbs all over Commons.
    • 75' No changes yet by Danny Lennon with 15 minutes remaining.
    • 73' Forrest is on to a loose ball by McAusland. Great defending by Mair to snuff out the danger!
    • 72' No wonder the St Mirren players are holding their heads! They've had enough chances to score, but it's the league leaders who have found the net - against the run of play in the second half!
    • 71' Would you believe it!! GOAL CELTIC!! They win a free-kick out wide, Commons plays it into the box, Samson punches only as far as Brown, lays it off for FORREST who rifles the ball home!! St Mirren 0 Celtic 1!!
    • 70' Brown comes forward again. Looks for options, finds Commons. Out wide to Forrest, McGowan read that one and will clear.
    • 68' Hooper to Stokes. Cuts inside, plays the ball outside but there's no one there!
    • 67' Corner to St Mirren. Carey takes it, Stokes makes the clearance.
    • 66' Yellow card for Cha as McLean looks to jink through.
    • 65' Brown for Celtic, Commons to Stokes, plays it across, but catches a McAusland's foot and falls behind Hooper.
    • 64' Barron for Saints. McGowan looks for Imrie. The new boy is certainly proving an astute signing. No way through this time though.
    • 63' Rash challenge by Hooper. Foot looked high, but no card says the ref.
    • 61' McGowan to IMRIE!! Looks for the corner!! Pushed away by Forster!! It's all Saints at the moment! Celtic are rocking!
    • 60' McAusland's arms were certainly high, but looked ball to hand.
    • 59' Shout for a penalty against McAusland as Rogne's header strikes his arm! Seen them given, but the ref says corner only!
    • 57' Here some the changes. It's Ki and Samaras making way.
    • 56' No surprise there, Celtic have made no inroads on Saints this half.
    • 55' Celtic are lining up a change. Two changes by the looks of it. Anthony Stokes and Kris Commons are getting ready.
    • 53' Yellow card for McGowan. Eventful couple of minutes for the St Mirren man!
    • 52' Still Saints press! Van Zanten to the unmarked McGOWAN!! Must be! NO! Forster makes the save from close range!! Should have scored!!
    • 51' McGowan to IMRIE!! Has to check back on his left foot, SHOOTS!! Straight at Forster!
    • 50' Ki and Cha linking up well. Ball comes in, but Samaras' huge frame concedes a free-kick. That was cheap, Celtic were in the St Mirren box!
    • 49' St Mirren with the early pressure. Mair pulls off the back of Mulgrew, gets a header but can't direct it goalwards.
    • 48' Now the St Mirren man has space. Opts for a shot, but there's no power in that one and Forster will gather.
    • 47' Samson has to hustle to clear a back-pass. Makes it with a few seconds to spare. Wayward pass from McLean.
    • 46' And the teams are back out. Celtic kick-off the second half. No changes at the break.
    • - There's no doubt that Danny will be the happier of the Lennons at half-time. Saints have contained the league leaders and carved out some good chances of their own. Namesake Neil will know his team need to step it up in the second period.
    • 45' And as the clock hits 45, the ref brings the first half to a close, right on the dot! At the break, it's St Mirren 0 Celtic 0!
    • 45' Last minute of normal time.
    • 44' Unbelievable! The ref has given a corner! Boos ring out, but fortunately for the man in the middle it all comes to nothing!
    • 43' Forrest again with an identical run and cross, Looks for Hooper at the back, catches in the wind and bounces off the top of the bar!
    • 42' And Forrest again in the thick of things. Great run! Digs out a cross at the byline, headed uncertainly by Thompson across the box, but Samaras and Brown can only watch as the ball drifts to safety!
    • 41' Imrie again looking to make things happen. Forrest is there to cut out the danger.
    • 39' There's no doubt that St Mirren have had their chances in this one, but they've got to make them count soon!
    • 38' And it's Saints who come forward. Imrie with another deep cross. Mulgrew and Thompson contest that one, falls to CAREY!! Drags it wide!! Good chance for the hosts!
    • 37' Celtic have struggled to find their way through a solid black and white wall so far. They need a better final ball.
    • 36' Samaras hits the deck somewhat theatrically under David van Zanten's heavy challenge. Free-kick to Celtic just inside their own half. It's been a bitty last 10 minutes or so.
    • 34' Misjudgement by Forrest. Takes his eye of the ball before bringing it under control, St Mirren can counter, the ball is bouncing around, falls to BARRON! Wasted! More threat to the flag than Forster!
    • 33' Again Celtic win possession. Ki delivers to the back post, Wind gets behind that one and Mulgrew can barely get a head on it. No doubt the conditions are making it tricky for both sides at the moment
    • 32' Scott Brown picks up the clearance. Has time to pick an option. Goes left and the ball is immediately knocked forward, only to find a St Mirren head.
    • 31' Hooked away. Here come Celtic again with Forrest. Rogne tries to slip the ball through, but that's wayward and Samson will claim and clear.
    • 30' We're at the half hour mark. Barron looks for Imrie. It's been a lively start by the debutant. Wins a throw deep in Celtic territory.
    • 29' Imrie again out right. That's another teasing cross. Just too much on that one and James Forrest will see it out.
    • 28' Hooper again for Celtic, Ki is under pressure and as Mulgrew and Forster hesitate, Thompson is penalised for a battling challenge. Bit of a let-off for Celtic there!
    • 26' Carey tries to weave through the Celtic backline. Claims a foul but doesn't get it. Imrie tries his luck, balloons his shot that catches in the wind and takes an age to come down into Forster's arms.
    • 25' Mulgrew with the inswinger. Samson opts to punch clear this time. Probably a good decision in the swirling wind.
    • 24' Rogne with the ball. Saints have everyone behind the ball. Played out wide to Cha. Whips in the cross looking for Samaras. Headed behind again for another Celtic corner.
    • 23' Another patient build up by the Bhoys. Ki is clipped by McGowan. taken quickly, Cha lofts it in, no yellow and black shirts in there and Samson takes an easy catch.
    • 22' Halfway through the first period. This match is nicely poised at the moment.
    • 21' Barron with a good run, to Imrie, swings in the ball for THOMPSON!! Gets in front of Mulgrew but his header is right at Forster!
    • 20' Mulgrew opts for the far post and Wanyama this time. Too much on that one and the ball drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 19' Celtic throw deep in their own half. Hooper wins it and charges forward. Finds Cha, outpaces Carey and Tesselaar has to knock it behind for a corner.
    • 18' The match has suddenly sprung into life in the last few minutes, but it's still 0-0. Goals in this one though, for sure!
    • 16' Corner from Ki, Oooh! It's Steven Thompson with a thumping header towards his own net! It hits David Barron on the line and bounces to safety! What was Thompson doing there?!
    • 15' HOOPER!! Lets fly with a brilliant, dipping snapshot from some 30 yards out and Samson does well to get across and push the ball away at full stretch!
    • 14' Thompson for Saints. Floats it forward, but there's only Imrie up there and the ex-Hamilton man is in an offside position.
    • 12' St Mirren win a corner. In it comes to the back post, McAUSLAND!! Great stop by Forster on the line! No one picked up the defender who swivelled, but the keeper was in the right place to make the save! Great chance for St Mirren!!
    • 11' Tesselaar outstrips Rogne who's late and that's the first yellow card of the match.
    • 10' Foul on Paul McGowan. Ref could and perhaps should have played on there!
    • 9' Cha with the delivery. Ref Crawford Allan has spotted an offence in the box and Samson will have a chance to clear his lines.
    • 8' Ball comes straight back at the hosts and Celtic win a corner.
    • 7' Graham Carey for St Mirren. Shows too much to Brown. Celtic on a quick counter! Cha's cross is cut out, Brown and Kenny McLean challenge for the ball and that's a bit cynical by Brown. McLean hits the deck. No card though!
    • 6' Jeroen Tesselaar gets in the way of that one. Falls to Joe Ledley. Wanyama now. He's forced backwards to Ledley who hoofs the ball out of play.
    • 5' It's all Celtic possession in these first five minutes. Mulgrew robs debutant Imrie. Thomas Rogne can build from the back.
    • 4' The Buddies keeper is again called in to clear. Cha on the right wing picks it up. Finds countryman Ki. Samaras loses it, surrounded by a cluster of St Mirren players.
    • 3' To Brown. In comes the cross. Good take by the orange-clad Samson.
    • 2' Craig Samson thumps the ball long. Victor Wanyama stands strong. Scott Brown is faced by Graham Carey. Wins the throw.
    • 1' Lofted ball in for Gary Hooper. Pushes Lee Mair outside the Saints' box. First free-kick of the match goes to the hosts.
    • 1' And it's the Buddies who gets us underway in a bright and breezy St Mirren Park!
    • 12:29 And here they come! St Mirren in their traditional black and white stripes, Celtic swap to their wasp-like yellow and black hoops.
    • 12:28 Shot there of Rod Stewart in the crowd as the anticipation grows for this one. Celtic looking for a 12th straight win.
    • 12:24 So we're waiting for the teams to emerge. Any predictions for this one?
    • 12:10 Neil Lennon makes three changes to the Celtic team which beat Dundee United. James Forrest, Cha Du Ri and Ki Sung Yueng all start. Adam Matthews, Emilio Izaguirre and Anthony Stokes drop to the bench.
    • 12:09 So one change for the Buddies. Saints' Danny Lennon throws Dougie Imrie straight into the fray at the expense of Gary Teale. Paul McGowan lines up against his old club.
    • 12:07 CELTIC: Forster; Cha, Rogne, Mulgrew, Ledley; Brown, Wanyama, Ki, Forrest; Samaras, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, K Wilson, Matthews, Commons, Stokes, McGeouch, Izaguirre.
    • 12:06 And the teams are in! ST MIRREN: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Barron, Carey, McLean, McGowan, Imrie, Thompson. Subs: Smith, Thomson, Murray, Hasselbaink, Mooy, Teale, Reilly.
    • 11:52 And the hosts will be boosted by the addition of Dougie Imrie to today's squad, signed yesterday from Hamilton.
    • 11:51 Meanwhile Danny Lennon's Saints have found wins hard to come by lately. St Mirren have just one win in nine, but ominously for Celtic, Rangers were the victims, losing 2-1 courtesy of two late first half strikes from Aaron Mooy and Paul McGowan.
    • 11:50 And the Englishman went one better in November, netting a hat-trick as the Bhoys romped to an easy 5-0 win. Georgios Samaras and Dylan McGeouch scored one apiece either side of Hooper's goal-fest.
    • 11:49 The last visit to Paisley was decided in 12 minutes following two Gary Hooper goals, Celtic running out 2-0 winners.
    • 11:47 And Neil Lennon's men travel to St Mirren having already taken maximum points off the Buddies in the previous two SPL encounters.
    • 11:46 In a stunning turnaround since Autumn, the Bhoys have eroded Rangers' seemingly unassailable lead at the summit and currently lead the blue half of Glasgow by two points.
    • 11:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the early afternoon SPL clash between St Mirren and Celtic from St Mirren Park.
  • Summary

    • 89' It's another free-kick to Celtic, ROGNE!! It's a third!! NO!! It's been disallowed for offside! That looked a good goal but it’s been chalked off!

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