CELTIC 1-2 ABERDEEN…… WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP 5 TH ROUND
This was always going to be a big test considering the form Aberdeen have been on,theve now gave themselves a great opertunity to win 2 cups…celtic today lacked a killer instinct,the passing was slack and it just didnt seem the desire was with the players to go the extra yard to win the game,as soon as the aberdeen equaliser went in ,it all came crashing down for celtic…the clean sheet and unbeaten records becoming there achilles heel…
Celtic started well enough and a well taken stokes goal from a fabulous ball from samaras set them on there way ,both pass and finish were sublime but it was about all samaras could muster and he was in and out off the game,stokes took the shot first time from sammys cross and it was a fine goal but he to faded in the game like so many others,it was like the energy was sapped out them as soon as russell anderson scored to break the long standing clean sheet streak….
I really wanted celtic to hammer aberdeen after there fans abused neil lennon last week at the leuge cup semi at tynecastle,but fair play to them they dug in and there midfeild which included 2 former celts in willow flood and barry robson was outstanding,id say robson handled the ball in the build up to the first goal ,but referee willie collum was in a bad position to make the call..
Celtic will bounce back from this the records were going to get broke sometime,its not such a bad thing because …the hunger will be back to go from here marching on to the 3rd title in a row …what i saw of lee griffith he will be a good aquisision to the attack and i believe him and stokes can form a decent partnership…
St johnstone nxt sunday cant be looking forward to coming to parkhead as the hoops will be well fired up …….hh
Official Match Report
Willam Hill Scottish Cup fifth round
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Anderson 38, Pawlett 49
PETER Pawlett´s second-half strike sent Celtic crashing out of the Scottish Cup in Paradise, ending the champions´ dreams of defending the domestic double.
The Aberdeen midfielder struck four minutes after the break after Russell Anderson had cancelled out Anthony Stokes´ early strike for Celtic.
And the Dons resisted some late pressure from the home side to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Adam Matthews made his return from injury at right-back as Neil Lennon made two changes from the side that saw off St Mirren last week.
Georgios Samaras was also handed a starting slot, with Darnell Fisher and Charlie Mulgrew dropping out.
In front of a cracking cup-tie atmosphere, the game began at a furious pace but it was the Bhoys who carried all the early menace, particularly through the front pairing of Kris Commons and Stokes.
They showed superb strength to earn possession against all odds in the final third. Eventually Commons attempted to pick out the Irishman, forcing Dons skipper Anderson into an important interception.
But when the Stokes got his first sight of goal, he made no mistake. The Hoops hitman still had plenty to do when he reached Samaras´ raking pass over the top, but he showed terrific control to bring the ball down in an instant before rifling under Jamie Langfield.
And the Aberdeen shot-stopper had another moment off concern three minutes later from Virgil van Dijk´s low free-kick which skirted the near post and struck the side-netting.
Celtic´s relentless pressing was causing mistakes in the Aberdeen defence and Commons seized on one error and almost set the lively Stokes free again.
Scott Brown was close to connecting with Commons´ low delivery as the Hoops continued to surge forward. But driven on by former Celts, Barry Robson and Willo Flood, the Reds began to become a greater force in proceedings.
Andrew Considine gave first notice of their threat when his header from a corner crept over the bar via the aid of a deflection.
And it was from another corner that they levelled the match. Robson´s delivery ricocheted off Considine and Anderson was on hand to hook home much to the delight of the travelling support. Fraser Forster had no chance for the first goal he had conceded in 12 games.
Buoyed by that goal, Derek McInnes´ men came flying out of the traps after the interval and stunned Paradise by taking the lead.
Robson was again the provider, picking out the run of Pawlett and the in-form midfielder finished in off the far post.
Celtic attempted to mount an instant response and they probably should have but Van Dijk failed to head Forrest´s inviting cross on target.
At the other end, Aberdeen were inches away from adding to their tally when McGinn´s chip eventually dropped into Pawlett´s path and his effort was eventually scrambled behind after a melee.
Efe Ambrose headed over and Commons struck a first-time shot wide but
Searching for some inspiration, Neil Lennon introduced new signings Leigh Griffiths for his Celtic bow just past the hour-mark.
The Hoops probed for equaliser but the Dons defence held firm. Stokes tried his luck from distance but Langfield made a comfortable stop.
Amido Balde and Derk Boerrigter were thrown into the fray in the closing stages as the champions made a late surge towards the Aberdeen goal.
Griffiths shot wide and Balde had an effort deflected into the hands of Langfield but there would be no late heroics as the visitors celebrated a rare victory at Celtic Park.
CELTIC (4-4-2) Forster; Matthews, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Johansen, Samaras (Griffiths 63); Commons (Boerrigter 84), Stokes (Balde 76)
Not Used: Zaluska, Fisher, Biton, Pukki
ABERDEEN (4-5-1) Langfield; Reynolds, Anderson, Considine, Logan; McGinn (Shaugnessy 90+2) Flood, Robson, Pawlett (Vernon 77) Hayes; Rooney