Five alive for Celtic as they return to winning ways

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WEST Allotment Celtic returned to winning ways with an emphatic 5-1 win over Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.

Allotment got off to a flying start when their first attack of the game after two minutes saw a Dean Lee corner headed back across goal for Sean Reid to turn in.

Celtic pushed hard looking to extend their lead and were awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute.

Liam McIvor duly dispatched the penalty to double Allotment’s advantage.

After the interval, Reid went very close to scoring his second and Allotment’s third when he rounded the advancing goalkeeper and turned the ball towards goal only to see it cleared off the line by the backtracking Albion defence.

A third goal for Allotment soon followed when Lee latched onto a long ball through the Albion defence.

His shot was turned away by Kyle Barlow in the Albion goal but Gary Day scrambled the rebound home.

Reid did grab his second goal just after the hour mark when he drove a free kick from the edge of area into the Albion net for his 14th goal of the season, putting him top of Allotment’s scoring chart for the campaign.

Albion, who had only really threatened from corners, did pull one back from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, Mark Eccles sending the ball to the goalkeeper’s left.

Allotment rounded off a fantastic win with a fifth goal on the stroke of full-time when Day cut inside from 20 yards to smash past the goalkeeper to claim his second of the game.

West Allotment Celtic play local rivals North Shields in their next game at Whitley Park on Good Friday with a noon kick-off.