The fixtures on Monday night’s edition of the Celtic E-Sports League were: Shamrock Rovers (Jake Roberts) versus Hibernian (Graham McIntyre) and Hamilton (Jack Beasley) versus Dundalk (Graham Leydon)
The first game of the night featured Shamrock Rovers against Hibs. Hibs took an early lead with a smash and grab type goal as they countered downfield and scored against the run of play. A second soon came in the 27th minute, with their striker being composed and clinical in a one-on-one situation.
Rovers dragged themselves back into the game after a superb cross goal shot found its way into the back of the net. A hammer blow came for all Rovers fans as a penalty was awarded to Hibs after a poorly timed challenge. The penalty was converted and this made the score 3-1.
A fourth was added after a quick counter was launched in injury time at the end of the half. Rovers found themselves right back in the tie after they scored two quality goals in quick concession but it wasn’t to be as a final and fifth goal came for Hibs with the game ending 5-3 in favour of the Scottish side.
The second leg saw France (Jake Roberts) take on Brazil (Graham McIntyre)
France found themselves cruising in the ninth minute as they had a two-goal cushion and plenty of possession in all the right areas. Skip forward ten minutes and they had doubled their lead.
But the game fizzled out as Brazil looked shell shocked and France were happy to pass the ball around and avoid injuries. It all got very impressive for France as they added three goals within the 45th and 75th minute to make it a whopping 7-0 at full-time.
The final leg was an all Real Madrid affair
Graham McIntyre looked to put the last leg behind him and he did so in an impressive fashion as he took a 2-0 lead in the first half.
The sides seemed to switch, however, as Jake Roberts came storming back with wave after wave of counter-attacks and he managed to claim a draw, with the game ending 2-2.
The second match was contested between Hamilton and Dundalk
From the off Hamilton were comfortable in all areas of the pitch, especially defence. Dundalk were trying but failed to break down the solid Scottish club’s defence. Hamilton got their first in the 20th minute and their second in the 45th. These two goals seemed to knock all the momentum out of Dundalk and a third was soon added, which put the game to bed.
Dundalk displayed their resilience in the last quarter and scored a 90th minute goal to get themselves on the scoreboard.
The second leg featured England (Jack Beasley) versus Switzerland (Graham Leydon)
A plundering of the Swiss goal saw English goals in the 3rd, 13th and 17th minutes through Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Kyle Walker. Xherdan Shaqiri scored in the 24th minute, which was well deserved after the Swiss had begun to mount a comeback.
Jamie Vardy scored a wonder goal in the 48th minute and after a number of failed Swiss attacks from midfield, Sturridge grabbed his brace in the 77th minute.
An Old Firm derby was the finale of this fixture, as Rangers (Jack) took on Celtic (Graham)
Moussa Dembele got Celtic into the game as he smashed the ball into top right hand corner in the 17th minute. But Rangers came downfield straight after they regained possession and scored an equaliser in the 25th minute. Both sides were guilty of wasting opportunities but it must be said both goalkeepers pulled off some impressive saves.
Rangers became the dominant side in the game and added goals in the 54th and 70th minutes respectively. A fourth and fifth goal came after some unsuccessful Celtic shots on goal and the game ended 5-1 in favour of Rangers, with Jack taking all three points.
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