Vs: Haverfordwest County
Match Type: League (A)
Date: 19-08-2017 14:30
Apologies for such a brief report but forgot to make notes until well into the second half when it was a bit late!!
This has always been a difficult fixture for Celtic and we are yet to come away from the Conygar Bridge Meadow ground with anything to show for their efforts. Things didn’t look good this time either when several changes were forced on Manager, Lee Challenger, with injuries to Owen Cook and Lee Penry, James Young way on holiday and Jordan Dibble unavailable. Adrian McGuire was our only real substitute with Manager Challenger and Goalkeeping Coach James Kinsella!!
The hosts started strongly but, after 8 minutes, it was Celtic who took the lead with an excellent goal. A great long pass from Rhys Williams found Kinsella on the right and his great low cross was turned in at the near post by Bull. Normal service resumed, however, and it was the home side doing all the pressing. The changes enforced on the team seemed to be having an effect and here wasn’t much shape to the team. In the 27th minute the inevitable happened but it came in an unlikely way. A long and hopeful punt forward was misjudged by Watkins and, after bouncing behind him, it then hit the bar! The home side’s Dan Williams was first to react and he prodded it over the line for the equaliser.
Celtic remained under the cosh for the rest of the first period and couldn’t seem to put many passes together and rarely threatened the home goal. Haverfordwest were guilty of failing to convert their chances and Celtic could count themselves lucky to go in all square
HALF TIME: HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY 1 CELTIC 1
The lads had obviously had a good talking to at half time and they came out for the second period with more determination and a better shape. It wasn’t all one-way traffic now.
He game flowed more from end to end although, to be fair, Haverfordwest looked the more likely to score. The main reason they didn’t was down to Lewis Watkins who made a few crucial saves to keep us in the game.
In the end, a better second half showing and the fight and determination of the players, was rewarded with a hard-earned point.
FULL TIME: HAVRFORDWEST COUNTY 1 CELTIC 1
The home team will probably wonder how and why they didn’t wrap up the three points from this game but Celtic’s dogged second half performance possibly earned the point. It bodes well that we can come away from games like this with something to show for our efforts.
MOM: Lewis Watkins for not letting his first half error affect him and making some excellent saves in the second half which contributed greatly to us getting a point from the game.