Murphy fires double to ease Celtic past youthful Gypsies
DARYL MURPHY scored twice as Celtic comfortably beat a youthful Bohemians side in a friendly at Dalymount Park yesterday.
The Glasgow giants went ahead in the 24th minute when Gary Hooper produced a flash of class to dribble past Derek Kavanagh and Mark O'Reilly before expertly side-footing past Gypsies goalkeeper Chris O'Connor.
Murphy scored Celtic's second in the 29th minute with a low strike from the edge of the box after a good piece of skill to control with his chest.
Bohs had a chance to pull one back less than a minute into the second half, but Mark Quigley's powerful strike was parried away to safety by Celtic 'keeper Lukasz Zaluska.
O'Connor made good saves to keep out a Mark Wilson strike and a Murphy header from a Richie Towell corner.
Towell made it 3-0 on the hour, though, when he headed home from close range. Substitute David Lodola pulled one back for Bohs when he drilled home after pouncing on a loose ball in the Celtic box in the 84th minute.
However, Murphy had the final say when he bagged his second of the day as he found the top corner with a precise effort from the edge of the box 60 seconds later.
BOHEMIANS -- O'Connor (Sexton 75); O'Reilly, Lopez, Kavanagh (Brennan 79), Corcoran, Quigley, Buckley (Forrester 46), Higgins, Greene (Lodola 77), Traynor (Chambers 56), Madden (Dixon 63).
CELTIC -- Zaluska (Cervi 59); Wilson, Loovens (Keatings 67), Hooiveld, Twardzik, Crosas, Towell, Juarez (Feruz 67), Stokes (Atajic 67), Murphy, Hooper (Ruelas 59).
Ref -- T Connolly (Dublin).