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Peterhead 0 Celtic 3

Sun 08 Jan 2012

Peterhead's Scottish Cup adventure came to an expected end against Celtic at Balmoor, but the memories will live long for a side who didn't disgrace themselves against the current SPL leaders.

With Peterhead sitting second-bottom of the Third Division an upset never really looked on the cards, but Jim McInally's men held strong for much of the first half before Anthony Stokes netted the first of what would be a Balmoor hat-trick.

The game was over when Stokes notched his second just before the hour mark, and the third came with just eight minutes remaining.

Starting with the same personnel who had begun in the 3-0 win over Elgin City six days previously, Peterhead began brightly, and worked an opportunity for Dave Ross to get into the heart of the Celtic penalty area after just 45 seconds, but Lukasz Zaluska mopped up the danger.

McInally had sent his troops out in a 3-4-3 formation but quickly reverted into a 5-4-1 as Celtic pushed forward in the wide areas, Martin Bavidge and Graeme Sharp in particular finding themselves pressed back by Cha Du Ri, who was always happy to get forward down the Celtic right.

Indeed it was his pass, after being slipped in by countryman Ki Sung Yeung, that saw Stokes turn Celtic’s first real opportunity over the crossbar.

There was something of a let-off for the Blue Toon just before the hour, as Ki was left all alone on the edge of the area, and he crashed a shot off the crossbar from Charlie Mulgrew’s corner kick.

Mulgrew himself had an effort from a 20-yard free kick just to the right of goal, but Paul Jarvie was more than equal to the effort.

Just moments later, though, the ball was in the back of the net.

Peterhead cleared their lines but Celtic were happy to play out from the back, and when Paddy McCourt eventually sent a diagonal ball in behind Callum Macdonald, Georgos Samaras squared for Stokes to turn home the opener.

There was perhaps a hint of offside about Samaras’ involvement, but the crisp passing was to be admired.

Peterhead had a rare chance to throw a ball into the Celtic area as Rory McAllister won a free kick out on the left, but the visitors quickly turned defence into attack after Ryan Strachan’s delivery.

They broke quickly, and Neil Lennon’s front two combined to put the ball in the net again, Stokes this time flagged offside as he blasted home from all of a yard.

With just the one goal in it at half-time McInally could already be proud of his side, but he bravely adjusted his formation to try to get some support to the hard-working McAllister.

Bavidge was pushed forwards as Bryan Deasley replaced Graeme Sharp, but the visitors would double their lead shortly before the hour.

Stokes had already seen another effort ruled out by the linesman’s flag from a McCourt pass, before a patient build-up saw him fire home his second of the game.

Twice Stokes exchanged passes with rampaging left-back Emilio Izaguirre before eventually angling a shot from the Honduran’s pass beyond the helpless Jarvie.

If anything, the pass from Izaguirre had taken the former Arsenal, Falkirk and Hibs man away from goal, but it was a mark of his calibre that he coolly dispatched beyond Jarvie.

Celtic made their first substitution in the wake of the goal, Joe Ledley replaced by Victor Wanyama after the former had sustained a facial knock in a collision with Jamie Redman, the contact looking accidental from the former Brechin City player.

A rare foray forward saw Deasley slice a cross-cum-shot wide of the target after 74 minutes following some good play by Ross on the left, but Celtic were to extend their lead eight minutes later.

Ki picked out Dylan McGeouch with a short corner, with the ball eventually worked to Stokes on the other side of the penalty area, and he calmly set himself before angling past the unlucky Jarvie.

That was game, set and match for the visitors, but the record crowd of 4,505 within Balmoor could certainly go home proud of their side.

PETERHEAD: Paul Jarvie, Davie Donald, Roy McBain, Scott Ross, Callum Macdonald, Ryan Strachan, Dave Ross (Lewis Davidson, 69), Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Martin Bavidge (Dennis Wyness, 60) Graeme Sharp (Bryan Deasley, 46). Subs not used: Aaron Conway, Ray Jellema (gk).

Booked: McBain, McAllister, S. Ross.

CELTIC: Lukasz Zaluska, Cha Du Ri, Emilio Izaguirre, Kelvin Wilson, Charlie Mulgrew (Dylan McGeouch, 82), Paddy McCourt, Scott Brown, Joe Ledley (Victor Wanyama, 58), Ki Sung Yeung, Giorgos Samaras (Filip Twardzik, 70), Anthony Stokes. Subs not used: Adam Matthews, Frazer Forster (gk).

Attendance: 4,505.