That Winning Feeling!
Well,that’s the sheep shorn again,and as I said on Saturday,they really are no better than their position in the league table suggests. They couldn’t manage a corner or a shot on target-from only two attempts,while we mullered them with 12 corners,24 attempts and ten on target. They had two players sent off for truly dreadful ‘challenges’ as well as their manager and his assistant-the former claiming he was provoked by sectarianism.
Strangely,that never seemed to bother him when he played in blue…
Our 70% possession yielded a satisfactory three goals and we are still on course for that Treble Treble.
Neil put out a very strong side yesterday,a team which looked like being first to every ball,prepared to battle if necessary but also capable of The Beautiful Game,given the opportunity. Well,we didn’t take every opportunity-Jozo had two great chances in the opening few minutes and their keeper was the only player to get pass marks-but we took enough of them.
We are on an amazing run in domestic cup competitions. This was our tenth successive semi,and our sixth successive victory. It was our 26th straight win,our 21st clean sheet,our 79th, 80th and 81st goals on the way,with only seven conceded. Pretty astonishing stuff!
James Forrest was our first half hero,cutting in and firing it into the top corner. Special goal,special player-maybe he’s been watching those videos of Marian Shved?!!! Aberdeen were down to ten by this time,with Ball sent off for a shocking assault on Ryan Christie. Ryan was stretchered off after lengthy treatment and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
I suspect he might need a good plastic surgeon too.
Our second was a calm penalty from Eddie after Johnny Hayes was tripped in the box. Our third was the work of the Karma Gods. Ferguson got a straight red for a brutal lunge at Tom Rogic,and although TR looked like taking the free kick,Mikael Lustig fired it in instead.
Straight into the wall,that is!
Undeterred he laid the rebounding ball off to TR,who showed him how it’s done. 3-0 and the only pity was that we didn’t completely humiliate them.
Well,we did-but the scoreline doesn’t reflect that. But it would be churlish to deny Aberdeen my gratitude for being there yesterday-after all,they saved us having to play the huns,and our treatment room being full to the gunnels as a result. We will welcome the guard of honour from them when we play them in three weeks!
Overall,a convincing display,and a welcome return to form. It bodes well for our title run-in.
It is never good to discover that our heroes have feet of clay,even worse to discover that they are morally reprehensible.
Those whom the gods wish to destroy,they first make into sporting superheroes and media darlings?
Tiger Woods ticks all the boxes here,a sporting billionaire,the first black superstar in golf. Fourteen majors in his first decade as a pro,none in his second decade as his personal life publicly imploded and fell apart-and with it,his career,his health and for a while it seemed,his sanity too.
1200th in the rankings a couple of years ago and now?
His fifth Augusta Masters.
He deserves our congratulations for that achievement. If his humility and contrition as shown is genuine,he deserves our congratulations for that too.
I’m iPad-less for two weeks and unable to access certain things,like the site mail account. Or my own gmail,come to that. Hopefully I can get them set up on this phone soon enough. If you have sent a match review or article for publication,my sincere apologies for being a twat. Mahe can still access the SC mail account though,so panic not. Keep sending stuff to him for publication…
And just to prove that Mahe can still access the mail account,he sent me the following-so please,FAN-A-TIC,accept my apologies as above…
Here’s Fan-a-tic match review.
Celtic Team vs Aberdeen
Bain, Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Forrest, Hayes, Edouard
Substitutes: De Vries, Toljan, Sinclair, Rogic, Ntcham, Weah, Benkovic
Celtic v Aberdeen April 14 2019
No real surprises as the safety first approach by Neil continues. Is Burke injured as he doesn’t even make the bench.
Game starts with both teams sending long probing balls forward.
4th minute and Kaiser Jozo slaloms through half the Aberdeen team to see his great shot saved for corner.
From resulting corner he puts an easy chance just past post.
6minutes Hayes breaks into box but cross come shot goes wide
.As the game settles in first twenty Celtic playing all the football,not silky but purposeful and direct.
Aberdeen sitting in and hitting long balls to Cosgrove.
22nd minute Thomson up to his usual standard and books JF who was clearly pulled back.
24 minutes the old KT arrives with great bit of skill to beat a few men and cut back to Ed who has his shot blocked.
29 minutes great interplay by Calum and Hayes leads to Calum shooting over.
35 minutes game very scrappy with no real flow.
37 Minutes ball gets second yellow for scandalous assault on Christie.Was a clear headbutt by player with no chance of getting ball and should have been a straight red.
Typical behavior from an ex hun.
Christie receives prolonged treatment before being stretchered off to be replaced by Rogic.
46 minute JF cuts in from right and hits a thunderbolt into top corner
.Poetic justice 1-0
48 minutes Jf almost makes it to after great combo with Ed but keeper makes a good save .
50 minutes Lustig header saved after good Hayes cross.
We are finishing half strongly.
Aberdeens Ferguson has not made one tackle without fouling yet goes in at half time without a card courtesy of Thomson.
Ferguson starts the second half with another foul without caution.
50 minutes Lustig great cross across 6 yd line but no takers.
52 McGregor effort cleared just in front of goal.
gic54 Ed free kick blocked for corner.
61 Hayes tripped in box.Penalty Celtic.
Ed dispatches in bottom corner . 2-0
65 minutes A Aberdeen head hunting and fouling constantly.
66 minute Ferguson sees red for two footed lunge on Rogic.Pure thuggery and no place for it in the modern game.
68 minutes Lustig free kick rebounds back to him off the wall and he passes to Rogic who plants it in the bottom corner. 3-0
69 minutes Hayes shot saved for corner.
74 minutes greetings face McInnes gets sent to stands and Celtic sub Hayes and JF for SS and Weah.
80 minutes SS shot blocked.
82 minutes Weah shot saved.
83 minutes SS shot blocked resulting in another hopeless corner.
84 minutes Kaiser Jozo volleys just wide from Lustig cross.
89 minutes Ed brings out great save from keeper.
Game ends on 92 minute despite 5 subs in second and delay on Ferguson red card incident.
We played an effective game and were deserved winners but not in a particularly modern way.
But definitely an improvement.
Our corners are now a reason to go and take a piss or make tea as nothing is bound to happen.
Kaiser Jozo was imperious today and old man Lustig not far behind.
Onwards with the treble clearly in sight.