Celtic’s B team hit the goal trail in the Borders to demolish Vale of Leithen 6-0 at Victoria Park, Innerleithen.
Owen Moffat was the star of the show with five goals, two coming in off the left then another three when he moved to centre-forward for the last half hour.
On the wing he was tricky and brave with his first goal showing he can anticipate where the chances fall. Moving to play through the centre his finishing was exceptional, shots were on target and regardless of the standard of opponent that is a good skill to have with his fifth in the 86th minute showing a determination to chase down every chance till the final whistle.
The hosts went into the game on the back of six defeats that had generated a 1-24 goal difference but Tommy McIntyre’s side put in a strong, pacy professional display to make it four wins on the bounce before facing league leaders Civil Service Strollers on Tuesday night.
It took Celtic 15 minutes to make the break through but soon after Joey Dawson tapped the ball in from close range a panicked home defender did likewise after Ben Wylie sent a pass across goal.
The home keeper blocked well from Owen Moffat in the 21st minute but very soon afterwards McKenzie Carse dragged the ball wide of the keeper and tucked the ball into the net.
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On the half hour mark Bosun Lawal moved forward for a corner sweeping home the fourth goal on the volley from 10 yards out.
Moffat completed the first half scoring in the 33rd minute when he bundled the ball home after great work from Benny Jackson to hit the bye-line and cut the ball back.
Vale again kept Celtic out for the first 15 minutes of the half but on the hour a good passing move opened up the home defence with Moffat turning his shot into the net from 15 yards out.
It was hat-trick time for Moffat in the 74th minute when he was in the right place to net after a shot from Rocco Vata struck the post.
Rudi’s bhoy did get on the scoresheet in the 79th minute when he fired home the loose ball after Brody Paterson had charged into the box, some Vale defender appealed for offside as they saw double figures beckoning.
Moffat was back on the scoresheet in the 81st minute, taking a great touch on a ball in from the left then firing his shot home from 15 yards out.
Fittingly Moffat completed the scoring in the 86th minute, when the keeper parried his shot high into the air he chased it down and headed in from two yards out.
CELTIC: Oluwayomi; Jackson, Lawal, Murray, Paterson; Murphy (Deane 64), Carse (Letsosa 64); Vata, Wylie, Moffat; Dawson (Davidson 60).