0 - 2
0 - 2
League Cup (3rd Round)
Gary Hooper (13)
Scott Boyd (51, og)
Badr El Kaddouri
Kurtis Byrne for Iain Vigurs (75)
Mark Corcoran for Paul Lawson (84)
Stuart Kettlewell for Colin McMenamin (84)
Victor Wanyama for Kelvin Wilson (45)
Mohamed Bangura for Anthony Stokes (78)
Paul George for Gary Hooper (89)
Colin McMenamin (32)
||Adam Matthews (23)|
Calum Murray (Referee)
Hooper netted from close range after a 14th-minute corner before Scott Boyd's own goal early in the second half removed any doubt about the outcome of the Scottish Communities League Cup third-round tie.
Celtic survived one tense moment in between the goals when Michael Gardyne volleyed against the post but County otherwise did not look like emulating their 2010 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Neil Lennon's men amid torrential rain.
But Celtic quickly settled their nerves after a scrappy start when Hooper netted. Majstorovic was close to connecting with Charlie Mulgrew's inswinging delivery and Stokes retrieved the ball beyond the far post before clipping a cross back in. Ledley rose to head towards goal and Hooper tapped the ball over the line from two yards in a crowded six-yard box. Celtic looked to build on their lead and Stokes had a first-time effort deflected over before some desperate defending helped the hosts survive Mulgrew's corner.
But Celtic survived a scare in the 20th minute when Kelvin Wilson's weak headed clearance was met full on the volley by Gardyne, whose 22-yard strike bounced off the post. The hosts pushed Celtic back for a spell without carving out a chance and Lennon's side came back into it before the break. Forrest's shot was blocked by Grant Munro before Celtic cut open their opponents through some one-touch passes from Forrest and then Hooper to set Ledley through.
However, Michael Fraser narrowed the angle and blocked the Welshman's shot with his trailing foot. County had the final chance of the half though when Badr El Kaddouri failed to clear and Rocco Quinn sent the ball low into the box, but Colin McMenamin could not connect properly with his volley and Fraser Forster made a comfortable save.
Celtic moved two ahead in the 52nd minute. Fraser held Hooper's 20-yard shot at the second attempt and gave the ball to Iain Vigurs, but the midfielder was caught in possession deep inside his own half. Celtic eventually worked the ball to Stokes on the right and he sent in a driven cross that was turned home by Boyd without any pressure from a visiting player. Boyd soon cleared a similar cross from Stokes as Celtic broke and Fraser blocked Hooper's shot after a Ledley knockdown.
Although the hosts did not drop their efforts, the game petered out in the final quarter. Irish youngster Paul George almost grabbed his first goal for Celtic moments after coming on when he turned Ledley's low cross towards goal in the closing stages, but Fraser dived to make a brilliant stop.
|Michael Fraser (GK)||27||10||-||10||-|
|Stuart Kettlewell (sub)||27||6||-||74||1|
|Mark Corcoran (sub)||30||10||-||37||1|
|Kurtis Byrne (sub)||21||8||1||8||1|
No league table has been added for this season.