KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 21, 2019
Both Timothy Weah and Ian Harkes made impressive debuts for their respective teams as Celtic and Dundee United secured wins to progress to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
Celtic 3-0 Airdrieonians
Timothy Weah's debut for Celtic was one to remember as he capped off the team's night with his first goal as they breezed into the next round of the Scottish Cup with a win over Airdrieonians at Celtic Park.
Weah would make his first appearance for the team off the bench, playing the final 20 minutes of the contest.
The host would dominate proceedings for most of the game and had been given the chance to open the scoring just after the half-hour mark when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty when Emilio Izaguirre was brought down in the area. Airdrie had protested the call, but there was no reversing the decision.
Scott Sinclair stepped up to take the penalty, but the English midfielder failed to convert as goalkeeper David Hutton guessed right to parry the ball away.
However, Sinclair would redeem himself minutes later as he was on the spot to put away the loose ball as Hutton made a save from an attempt by James Forrest.
Celtic doubled their lead in the 56th minute when Sinclair would once again pounced on a loose ball to put it in the back of the net.
The Englishman would then come off for the Weah, as the young American put the game to bed in the 83rd minute. Dedryk Boyata released the forward with a through ball from midfield, and Weah finished with a deft touch past Hutton as the ball rolled into the goal.
It was a good performance by Weah as he was active throughout his 20 minutes on the field.
Celtic now advance to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup where they will face St. Johnstone in February.
Montrose 0-4 Dundee United
Ian Harkes made his introduction to Scottish soccer as he scored his first goal for Dundee United in their win over Montrose at Links Park to help his team move on to the next round of the Scottish Cup.
Harkes came off the bench to play the last 20 minutes for the Tangerines.
United would open the scoring eight minutes into the contest when Pavol Safranko headed the ball into the goal after it was fumbled following a cross from Aidan Nesbitt.
Callum Booth doubled the visitor's lead two minutes before halftime fired his shot from distance as hit the inside of the post before crossing over the goal line.
The Championship team continued their dominance in the second half and added their third in the game in the 81st minute when Billy King volleyed home a high cross from teammate Nicky Clark.
It would then be left to Harkes to put the game to bed two minutes into stoppage time as he steered the ball into the back of the net following a cross from Paul McMullan.
Dundee United head to the fifth round of the cup where they will next face St. Mirren.
Gboly Ariyibi started his first game for Motherwell since his loan from English Championship team Nottingham Forest, but they were knocked out of the cup following a 2-1 loss to Ross County.