Celtic B involved in remarkable 8-goal thriller

By John McGinley

November 26, 2022

Celtic B drew in the Scottish Lowland Football League today, at home to Caledonian Braves in a spectacular eight-goal 4-4 thriller.

Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus’ outfit returned to training this week after a short break, having lost out to Dunfermline Athletic in the SPFL Trust Trophy on 15th November.

They were looking to maintain good Lowland League form after winning their last three league fixtures heading into today but didn’t quite manage to get the job done in a dramatic, event-filled 90 minutes.

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Ben Quinn got the scoring underway for the young Hoops after neat work with Joey Dawson on the counter-attack. However, less than ten minutes later Braves were level after a Tobi Oluwayemi mistake playing out from the back allowed the away side to capitalise.

Celtic were ahead again before halftime after classy play from Tsoanelo Letsosa allowed Dawson to turn scorer after provider. But it was 2-2 at the break after the Bhoys conceded from a corner.

The home side surged to a 4-2 lead after the interval. First Bruno Davidson won a penalty, which Dawson struck home for his double. Then, there was an unfortunate own goal for Braves after Quinn’s cross was deflected in.

You would have expected the youngsters to see the game out with that advantage but sadly they let the lead slip again. Remarkably, Braves found their way back to 4-4 after winning two penalties in the space of just a few minutes.

The B side have games in hand on most of the teams above them in the table but today’s draw doesn’t propel them beyond seventh in the table.

There’s now a busy run of games for them in the league with Bo’ness United, Edinburgh University, Berwick Rangers and Cowdenbeath all on the schedule over the next two weeks.

With all of them currently below the Bhoys in the table, there’s a chance to string together more victories and push further towards the top.

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