Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 6:27 AM on Tuesday 29 July

/ Front page / Sport

Hooper scores late winner for Celtic

Afp
Friday, January 04, 2013

GLASGOW - Gary Hooper has scored a late winner after Fraser Forster saved a penalty as Celtic claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Motherwell to head into the Scottish Premier League's winter break with a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

Celtic had a second minute header from Georgios Samaras ruled out for offside and Darren Randolph superbly saved a Charlie Mulgrew free-kick as the home side laid siege to the Motherwell goal on Wednesday.

However, Well weathered the storm and Jamie Murphy, in his last game for the Fir Park side before his transfer to Sheffield United, twice missed chances to give his side the lead before the break.

The stage looked set for a dream end to Murphy's Motherwell career when he earned them a 76th minute penalty after being tripped by Kelvin Wilson in the box but Forster was the hero when he made a tremendous save to turn Tom Hately's spot-kick round the post.

Celtic took heart from the penalty save and Hooper handed them the three points in the 80th minute when he finished a move he had started by turning a low Samaras cross past Randolph.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 10 degrees lowest yet
  2. New United formation
  3. Misleading phone deals
  4. Party to fight alone
  5. Man pleads for return of medal
  6. Super shark nanna
  7. Hospitality amazes traveller
  8. NZ sevens beaten in Games gold medal match
  9. Recognition for officers
  10. Alarm bells as diabetes forecast points to rise in cases

Top Stories this Week

  1. No 'free education', says party Wednesday (23 Jul)
  2. Playing 'enemy' Tuesday (22 Jul)
  3. $24,000 payout a lifeline for family Tuesday (22 Jul)
  4. Illegal Fijians in Tonga Friday (25 Jul)
  5. Warning for teachers Thursday (24 Jul)
  6. Calls for support Tuesday (22 Jul)
  7. Fijian woman jailed for stealing millions in NZ Sunday (27 Jul)
  8. $70m plan Wednesday (23 Jul)
  9. 10 degrees lowest yet Monday (28 Jul)
  10. New United formation Monday (28 Jul)