Karamoko Dembele stars as Celtic B secure dramatic fightback in Glasgow Cup

By Euan Davidson

February 22, 2022

There was no rest for one Celtic side today, as the B Team travelled to face Queen’s Park in the Glasgow Cup, and the two sides offered up a humdinger.

Albeit, behind closed doors.

With several familiar names lining up for Celtic, it was one that had made a first-team breakthrough who opened the scoring for the Hoops. Joey Dawson, pressing from the front, managed to nick the ball away and put it past the Queens Park keeper for 1-0, after just a minute of play.

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You’d have been forgiven for expecting a comfortable Celtic triumph, but you’d also be wrong. Within 6 minutes, the Spiders evened the score through a long-range Darcy shot that sneaked past England youth international Tobi Oluwayemi. An action-packed first ten minutes would set the scene.

Karamoko Dembele, regaining match fitness with Tommy McIntyre’s side, seemed desperate to make a mark. And he had a half-decent chances to do so, from a Paterson cross. The right-winger, though, just couldn’t do anything with it.

Celtic seemed to have momentum, but a Queens Park attack led to a penalty on 18 minutes. It was dispatched, and Queens Park had a 2-1 lead. The game would then settle, with both sides registering chances as the Hoops hoped to claw the game back.

Queens Park, however, had other ideas, and made it 3-1 on 37 minutes through Williamson. A damaging goal to concede, and half-time came with Celtic down by two.

Karamoko Dembele and co drive Celtic B Team from 3-1 deficit

If Tommy McIntyre had some inspiring words for his players, they worked. Celtic came out and created chances from the off. Dede and Dembele were threatening the Queens Park goal, while Ben Summers had a chance on the 55th minute. No dice though, not yet.

Not for four more minutes. Dembele, taken down in the penalty box, subsequently smashed home the resulting penalty. The recovering right-winger had made his mark, and Celtic chased an all-important equaliser.

The Hoops had their tails up. Frequent threatening moves resulted in corners and half-chances for the Celtic B Team, and it seemed as if the pressure would eventually tell. Some smart changes saw Tsoanelo Letsosa and Rocco Vata come on for Brooks and Moffat, as McIntyre brought fresh impetus on from the bench.

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It took longer than McIntyre would’ve liked, but the pressure and substitutions paid off. It was Letsosa, a hero in the Hoops B Team before, who rocketed a late equaliser past a despairing Queens Park goalkeeper.

3-3, and Celtic secured a draw from what had seemed an insurmountable deficit.

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