Johnny Kenny stands out as Celtic B triumph in Glasgow Cup; Dembele and Johnston on target
Celtic B boss Tommy McIntyre wasn’t messing about when he named his starting XI to face Partick Thistle in the Glasgow Cup today [Glasgow FA].
Plenty of familiar faces made the side. Owen Moffat, Irish January signing Johnny Kenny, Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston were all picked, with the latter two continuing to gain match fitness after injury lay-offs.
Bosun Lawal, so dominant against Rangers at the weekend, dropped out, with Tsoaenlo Letsosa and Mackenzie Carse in the midfield. It was an attacking line-up, with plenty of threat going forward. At least, in theory.
As it turns out, it worked in practice, too. Celtic put early pressure on the Jags, with Karamoko Dembele finding himself in good positions from Mackenzie Carse passes. At least, they would be, if the diminutive winger wasn’t offside.
Not that Partick Thistle didn’t have threats of their own. Tobi Oluwayemi was forced into two smart saves within 20 minutes. One came from a Lyon shot, while an attempted chip from Turray was audacious in the extreme. The former Spurs Academy goalkeeper, though, wasn’t to be beaten.
Within 5 minutes, Celtic had two good chances. Johnston’s ball for Letsosa yielded an effort, but it was just wide. Then, Johnny Kenny found himself in space with a rebound, but couldn’t convert. Pressure, though, and Celtic were going to find a way eventually.
On 31 minutes, Kenny got his goal. This time, a rebound worked out – Dembele’s shot wasn’t dealt with and the former Sligo Rovers man got his head up to score the winner. Then, without any time for respite, Dembele got his goal; 2-0, and looking comfortable.
Karamoko Dembele and Johnny Kenny make the difference for Celtic B in Glasgow Cup
The second half started much like the first half ended; with Celtic B putting on the style in the Glasgow Cup.
Celtic were knocking on the door from the whistle, and it was little surprise when, 3 minutes into the second half, Mikey Johnston added to the scoreline.
Johnston, recovering from injury, found himself with plenty to aim at on the left-hand side of the box, and curled a shot in expertly to make it 3. Partick Thistle had a job on their hands getting back into it.
As the game went on, Celtic maintained the perssure, without creating too many clear-cut chances. Joey Dawson, another player with first-team minutes this season, came on for Johnny Kenny, while Rocco Vata and Kyle Ure replaced Johnston and Letsosa.
If you thought Karamoko Dembele was getting hauled off though? No chance. The winger got his second of the day with a strike that went right over the Partick Thistle goalkeeper. This was quickly turning into a rout.
It could’ve been five. Rocco Vata, surely with a fantastic future ahead of him at Celtic, was unlucky with a shot just outside the box on the 87th minute, but it had just too much height on it. Vata wasn’t done, though; his pass on the 89th minute found Joey Dawson, and four became five.
Qualification for the semi-finals then, and in some style. This Celtic B side marches on in the Glasgow Cup.