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Celtic   2 - 0   Hamilton

Glenn Loovens slams Celtic into an early lead
Loovens (right) slammed Celtic into an early lead

By Colin Moffat

Celtic needed a fantastic last-minute strike from Niall McGinn to make sure of victory over Hamilton.

Glenn Loovens opened the scoring on 14 minutes, volleying in a Barry Robson corner, and the home side went on to dominate for long spells.

Accies keeper Tomas Cerny made a string of saves, while the visitors were denied a late equaliser when Marco Paixao made a mess of a simple chance.

And McGinn's 18-yard sizzler on 90 minutes finally killed off the Accies.

The win takes Celtic to within a point of Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers, who visit Hibernian on Sunday.

It took Celtic eight minutes to warm up in the bitter cold when in-form midfielder Aiden McGeady latched on to a long pass from Landry N'Guemo and jinked past an opponent to curl in a shot that Accies keeper Tomas Cerny did well to turn round his post.

Soon after, more trickery from McGeady led to Robson earning a corner from which the home side took the lead.

Robson's delivery from the left found the unattended Loovens 10 yards out and the defender crashed a sweet volley into the back of the net.

With Celtic in complete control, right back Andreas Hinkel failed to find a team-mate after an enterprising run into the penalty area, while McGeady slammed a shot high into the side-netting after a neat passing exchange between Marc Crosas and Georgios Samaras.

Despite their dominance, Celtic failed to trouble Cerny further in the first half, the Czech keeper easily gathering a long-range strike from Scott McDonald.

Hamilton's first effort on target arrived five minutes from the break and it came when Marco Paixao tried an ambitious shot from his own half but Celtic keeper Artur Boruc earned a round of applause by nonchalantly bringing the ball down on his chest.

After Robson had ballooned a good shooting opportunity wide, Loovens was again given time and space from a corner early in the second half but Mikael Antoine-Curier was on hand to clear from the goal-line.

Cerny had to make a smart save to prevent substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune making an immediate impact after a strong, direct run and shot.

The visitors then raced straight up the park and Boruc had to awkwardly palm away a dipping volley from Flavio Paixao.

With Hamilton enjoying more possession, the home fans were growing restless and there was further frustration when Fortune slammed a shot against the post and Samaras chipped an effort beyond the advancing Cerny but inches wide of the target.

The lively Fortune manufactured room for another stinging strike from just inside the penalty area but again Cerny was right behind it, palming the ball to safety.

There was a huge let-off for Celtic on 80 minutes when Antoine-Curier headed across goal to set Marco Paixao up for the easiest of tap-ins.

However, the Portuguese forward miscued horribly right in front of an unguarded net and the ball spun up to hit his elbow before his twin Flavio slammed the ball into the net.

The celebrations were cut short once referee Stevie O'Reilly blew up for the inadvertent handball.

Cerny turned over a powerful shot from Zheng Zhi, a late replacement for Celtic, before another substitute, McGinn, settled the game with a wonderful strike.

The Northern Irishman held off a clutch of defenders on the edge of the penalty box before steering a delicious effort into the top corner.

At the death, Fortune was guilty of dithering when clean through and Cerny was able to block at the striker's feet and keep the score down.


Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:
"I'm happy to take the points although at times we made hard work of it.

"We missed opportunities, although I think we controlled the game for the vast majority and got the result we deserved.

"Boruc never had much to do but 1-0 is never a comfortable result.

"They made life difficult for us, and at times counter-attacked well."

Hamilton manager Billy Reid:
"Celtic dominated in the first period, but we changed our formation and we kept ourselves in the game in the second half.

"We could probably have passed the ball around a little quicker, but I've no complaints about the disallowed goal.

"We've come a long way since the start of the season and it's the best we've played at Celtic Park.

"But unfortunately we go home with nothing."

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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 2-0 Hamilton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Loovens 13
  • McGinn 90+1

    Celtic

    • 01 Boruc
    • 02 Hinkel
    • 04 McManus
    • 11 Fox
    • 22 Loovens
    • 06 N'Guemo
    • 17 Crosas
    • 19 Robson (Fortune 60)
    • 46 McGeady
    • 07 McDonald (McGinn 60)
    • 09 Samaras (Zheng 80)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 12 Wilson,
    • 52 Caddis,
    • 14 McGinn,
    • 27 Zheng,
    • 10 Fortune,
    • 49 Forrest

    Hamilton

    • 01 Cerny
    • 02 McClenahan
    • 03 Hastings
    • 04 Canning
    • 06 McLaughlin yellow card (Flavio Paixao 46)
    • 07 Wesolowski (Beuzelin 72)
    • 08 McArthur
    • 27 Mensing
    • 09 Antoine-Curier
    • 10 Neil (Sullivan 88)
    • 21 Paixao

    Substitutes

    • 19 Murdoch,
    • 36 Crawford,
    • 12 Evans,
    • 35 Beuzelin,
    • 37 Sullivan,
    • 18 Flavio Paixao,
    • 28 Kirkpatrick
    Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 36,827
    CELTIC
    HAMILTON

    Possession

    • Celtic 56%
    • Hamilton 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 13
    • Hamilton 1

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 9
    • Hamilton 3

    Corners

    • Celtic 8
    • Hamilton 5

    Fouls

    • Celtic 11
    • Hamilton 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:15 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+2:40 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 90:00+1:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McManus on Mickael Antoine-Curier. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:24 Marc-Antoine Fortune challenges Martin Canning unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Canning.
    • 90:00+0:17 The assist for the goal came from Landry N'Guemo.
    • 90:00+0:17 GOAL - Niall McGinnCeltic 2 - 0 Hamilton Niall McGinn grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hamilton.
    • 87:58 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with John Sullivan coming on for Alex Neil.
    • Correction - 86:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Alex Neil. Trent McClenahan takes the free kick.
    • 86:41 Marc-Antoine Fortune gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Neil. Free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
    • 86:29 The ball is sent over by Richard Hastings, Andreas Hinkel manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:37 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Fox.
    • 83:58 Zheng Zhi takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny. Corner taken short by Daniel Fox.
    • 82:43 Aiden McGeady produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 82:18 The ball is delivered by Trent McClenahan, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
    • 80:33 Marco Paixao is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 79:31 Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
    • 79:31 Substitution Georgios Samaras leaves the field to be replaced by Zheng Zhi.
    • 79:31 Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur.
    • 78:11 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 76:08 Shot from deep inside the area by Niall McGinn goes over the bar.
    • 75:20 Flavio Paixao concedes a free kick for a foul on Landry N'Guemo. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 74:37 Alex Neil challenges Glenn Loovens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 73:54 Unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Stephen McManus results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Hastings.
    • 72:40 Unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Trent McClenahan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
    • 71:18 Substitution Guillaume Beuzelin joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Wesolowski.
    • 71:18 Close range effort by Georgios Samaras misses to the right of the goal.
    • 70:32 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot from close range that strikes the post.
    • 69:23 Alex Neil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
    • 69:03 The ball is delivered by Richard Hastings, clearance by Glenn Loovens.
    • 68:04 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 67:09 Unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Richard Hastings results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Fox, save made by Tomas Cerny.
    • 65:25 Corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 65:02 Corner taken by Marco Paixao played to the near post, clearance by Georgios Samaras.
    • 61:48 Richard Hastings fouled by Andreas Hinkel, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Hastings.
    • 61:29 Flavio Paixao takes a shot from 20 yards. Artur Boruc makes a save.
    • 60:43 Shot by Marc-Antoine Fortune. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 59:10 Artur Boruc takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:10 Substitution Barry Robson leaves the field to be replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune.
    • 59:10 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Niall McGinn coming on for Scott McDonald.
    • 59:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Artur Boruc by Flavio Paixao.
    • 58:31 Corner taken left-footed by Richard Hastings, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 57:06 Effort from 18 yards by Aiden McGeady. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 56:06 The ball is swung over by Georgios Samaras, clearance made by Alex Neil.
    • 55:22 Martin Canning delivers the ball, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 54:43 The ball is swung over by Flavio Paixao, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:58 The referee penalises Georgios Samaras for handball. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
    • 53:02 Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line, Glenn Loovens takes a shot. Clearance made by Mickael Antoine-Curier.
    • 50:45 James McArthur fouled by Barry Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:07 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Georgios Samaras goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 48:19 Foul by Georgios Samaras on James Wesolowski, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Martin Canning.
    • 45:51 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Barry Robson goes wide right of the goal.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Flavio Paixao is brought on as a substitute for Mark McLaughlin.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:10 The first half comes to an end.
    • 44:26 The ball is delivered by Aiden McGeady.
    • 43:20 Corner taken by Marco Paixao from the left by-line, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 41:19 Daniel Fox crosses the ball in from the free kick, James McArthur makes a clearance.
    • 41:19 Booking Mark McLaughlin is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 41:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Mark McLaughlin.
    • 40:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by James McArthur. Free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
    • 36:40 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Georgios Samaras goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 35:39 The ball is delivered by Aiden McGeady, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 34:54 Shot from 25 yards by Scott McDonald. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 34:00 The ball is sent over by Barry Robson, clearance by Trent McClenahan.
    • 33:36 Georgios Samaras sends in a cross, save made by Tomas Cerny. Barry Robson decides to take a short corner.
    • 31:44 Landry N'Guemo fouled by Mark McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick. Marc Crosas takes the free kick.
    • 30:32 Marc Crosas challenges Alex Neil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.
    • 29:58 Mickael Antoine-Curier is ruled offside. Artur Boruc takes the indirect free kick.
    • 29:15 The offside flag is raised against Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
    • 27:50 The ball is sent over by James McArthur, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 26:33 Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Trent McClenahan. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:54 Shot from just outside the box by Daniel Fox misses to the right of the goal.
    • 24:24 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 23:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Georgios Samaras. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:25 Aiden McGeady has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 21:08 Corner taken by Barry Robson, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 20:35 Richard Hastings delivers the ball.
    • 20:05 Aiden McGeady sends in a cross, clearance made by Alex Neil.
    • 19:37 Trent McClenahan challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
    • 18:49 Shot from just outside the box by James Wesolowski goes over the bar.
    • 17:28 Marco Paixao has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 14:47 Foul by Mark McLaughlin on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.
    • 13:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Wesolowski on Landry N'Guemo. Landry N'Guemo takes the free kick.
    • 12:57 Assist on the goal came from Barry Robson.
    • 12:57 GOAL - Glenn LoovensCeltic 1 - 0 Hamilton Glenn Loovens grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Hamilton.
    • 12:30 Barry Robson takes a outswinging corner to the near post,
    • 12:22 The ball is sent over by Aiden McGeady.
    • 10:03 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marco Paixao, clearance by Glenn Loovens.
    • 8:18 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Canning.
    • 7:30 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save. Barry Robson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
    • 6:19 Daniel Fox produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Hastings.
    • 5:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Trent McClenahan on Barry Robson. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
    • 5:03 Shot from just outside the box by Marco Paixao goes over the target.
    • 2:38 The ball is crossed by Barry Robson, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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