Jake Charles found his form as Barnton came to Bower Fold after losing to Stockport County in the previous round, but getting reinstated after Stockport fielded an ineligible player.
Despite the gulf in the leagues between the two, it took Celtic going behind to get going. Oli Roberts went close early doors, but not as close as James McShane who’s shot was only parried as far as Ryan Malone. Malone’s shot smashed against the bar, which should have been a wakeup call. Connor Hughes however fired narrowly wide and Tom Brown’s effort from outside the box was straight at Callum Shuttlewood in the Barnton goals.
Barnton deservedly opened the scoring half way into the first half, Owen Dursley at the back post to nod home unchallenged a free kick.
That seemed to do the trick, and though it took a great stop to deny Steve Warburton, Celtic looked more in control of the match. A superb cross from Alex Honeyball found Connor Hughes at the corner of the box and he unleashed a curling shot that gave Shuttlewood no chance. There was even time before the interval for Tom Brown’s thirty yard effort to strike the woodwork.
The second half saw Jake Charles start by bringing down Hughes’s lifted ball and smashing home Celtic’s second giving them a lead they would never relinquish.
Warburton almost got the visitors back into the game, but was denied by Aidan Winterbottom’s excellent stop low to the corner. When Winterbottom was beaten, Luke Ashworth was there to hack Malone’s ball almost off the line. With the visitors looking for an equaliser, Celtic carved out huge chances at the other end. Honeyball’s thirty yard rocket required an outstanding save from Shuttlewood, and Hughes’s curling effort had to be tipped over the bar.
Ashworth kept the corner alive, heading Hughes’s ball back into the mix, and Charles nodded in his second and Celtic’s third, killing off any chance Barnton had of getting back into the game.
Barely had the game restarted and Connor Hughes left the fullback for dead and whipped in a low cross that Jake Charles tapped home from a yard out to get his hat-trick!
Charles wasn’t finished. As stoppage time approached, Brice Pouamon nodded down Hughes’s cross and Charles was there for his fourth and Celtic’s fifth.
To really emphasise the gulf between the two teams, Jake Charles added a sixth in stoppage time with an excellent goal. Teed up by Pouamon, Charles curled a shot with the outside of his boot past Shuttlewood’s stretched fingers to finish the game in style.
|8||Houghton, Sam||> 80|
|9||Bandell, Chris||> 82|
|10||McShane, James||> 69|
|15||Riley, George||< 80|
|16||Newman, Nick||< 82|
|17||Stafford, Jordan||< 69|