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Celtic 4-0 St Mirren: Match Report
Published : 22 Aug 2010 17:30:31Rss feed
Celtic produced an assured display to dismantle St Mirren at Parkhead with an easy 4-0 victory that was never in serious doubt.
First-half goals from Joe Ledley and Shaun Maloney were added to after the break by youngster James Forrest, who outlined his immense potential throughout, and Ki Sung Yueng.
Ki completed the rout with an outstanding strike from 25 yards nine minutes from time.
Forrest had an immediate impact as he played a major part in Celtic taking a sixth minute lead, darting beyond two St Mirren defenders on the left flank before playing the ball infield.
His pass was collected by Georgios Samaras who slipped Ledley through and the summer signing from Cardiff produced a low driven finish for 1-0, shooting across Paul Gallacher in the St Mirren goal with the outside of his foot.
It was 2-0 as Marc-Antoine Fortune advanced down the right and from his low cross, Maloney was claiming the final touch, though the ball looked to have entered the net via a St Mirren defender with both John Potter and David van Zanten in the mix.
Celtic were the dominant force and only the woodwork was keeping the score down, first a fine Maloney strike struck Gallacher's left-hand post, while from the rebound, Fortune's effort hit the outside of the same upright.
The Hoops made it 3-0 when Fortune set up Forrest whose powerful angled drive left Gallacher without a hope.
St Mirren were offering little in response, but Sean Lynch should still have done better as he could only manage a tame effort when the chance to shoot arose with Lukasz Zaluska out of position.
Ki had enough time to leave his mark on the game with an outstanding fourth goal, leaving Gallacher motionless with a terrific long-range strike.