Bhoys end on a high
Celtic ended their three-match tour of Australia on a high note following a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.
Last Updated: 13/07/11 3:20pm
Celtic ended their three-match tour of Australia on a high note following a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory at Ammi Park.
A second-half goal from substitute Scott Brown was enough to give manager Neil Lennon's side their second victory Down Under.
The Parkhead club, skippered by their Greece striker Georgios Samaras as a tribute to the big Greek community in the city, were worthy winners in what was another highly-competitive friendly match.
And had it not been for home goalkeeper Tando Velaphi, the margin of victory for Lennon's side would have been greater.
He twice denied Samaras in the first half and he saved from Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick just after the break.
Daniel Allsopp passed up two decent chances, including a near-post header with which he should have opened the scoring.
Celtic responded positively again with Kris Commons picking out McCourt at the far post with a wonderful delivery but the former Derry City player was unable to keep his header down.
Lennon's side dominated the closing stages. Striker Gary Hooper's low cross was almost turned into his own net by Adrian Leijer, before Anthony Stokes - on for McCourt - drove into the side-netting.
Hooper was then unable to get on to the end of Samaras' inviting pass which would have surely resulted in a goal had he connected.
With 12 minutes remaining the Parkhead men were rewarded for their efforts when Commons' quickly-taken corner found Brown, on for Beram Kayal, at the edge of the area and his shot took a slight deflection before finding its way in to the corner of the net.