Celtic too strong for inexperienced Cork City

Cork City 0 Celtic XI 2

Celtic Development Squad coach Steve Frail fielded a very young team as Neil Lennon took seven of his squad to the first team’s friendly fixture against Brentford on Saturday night, which they won 2-1.

The Celtic side had already defeated Longford Town 1-0 last Thursday in Longford courtesy of a Patrik Twardzik penalty, but the young Bhoys failed to create any notable chances in a poor first half played in front of a very small crowd.

Former Cork City and Avondale United striker Damien O’Connell was an interested spectator with his two sons on opposing side — Eoghan started at right back for the Celts with his brother Andy playing up front for the home side.

It was Celtic who came closest to scoring in the opening half, but Conor McManus’ long range effort flew narrowly over David Browne’s crossbar.

The second-half was a lot better and substitute Danny Morrissey had an early chance but fired over from inside the box after being put through by Adam Rundle.

Celtic went in front in the 59th minute as Twardzik scored his second goal in three days when he finished McManus’ corner kick at the second attempt.

Sergio Buenacasa then showed a neat bit of skill in the box to set up Lewis Kidd but the substitute couldn’t finish from six yards.

Kidd did make it 2-0 15 minutes from time when he finished the excellent McManus’ through ball, which split the home defence.

Morrissey and Daryl Kavanagh had chances late on but Patrik’s brother Dan in the Celtic goal made two super stops to deny the City strikers.

CORK CITY: Browne; J Kavanagh, E Murphy, Lenihan, Rundle; Turner (D Kavanagh 64), Duggan (D Murray 45), A Browne, Kenny (Abbott 80); O’Connell (D Morrissey 45), Furlong (Lehane 45).

CELTIC: D Twardzik; O´Connell, McNally (Kelleher 82), Findlay, P Twardzik; McMullan, Hoareau (Kidd 58), McManus, Lindsay, Johnstone (Donnelly 74); Buenacasa (McIlduff 69).

Referee: K Callanan (Cork).

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