Vs: Goytre United
Match Type: League (H)
Date: 26-08-2017 14:30
Celtic were missing the unavailable Josh Bull. Lloyd Kinsella and Owen Cook for this tough assignment against Goytre United who had won both their opening games including a 6-1 demolition of Afan Lido away from home. The recent arrival of Luke Jones enabled Celtic to slot him in alongside Rhys Williams at centre back and move Andrew Larcombe up front alongside Callum Wakeham. James Young and Lee Penry returned in midfield and Jordan Dibble was back in goal. Goytre started the better and were in attacking mode, playing three up front: Jamal Roberts, Tom Walters and Curtis Hutson, and it was Walters who had their first chance in the 12th minute, his speculative header of a long clearance going wide. Goytre then force a corner, the ball was cleared to Cory Francis whose low shot from 20 yards was beaten away by the diving Dibble for another corner. Celtic’s first chance fell to Larcombe who headed Rakesh Patel’s cross over the bar. Goytre responded with Hutson playing Francis down the right. His pinpoint cross only needed a touch for a goal but Patel calmly trapped and cleared the ball. Goytre were playing long balls to their 3 strikers and in the 33rd minute the tactic paid off, Roberts fastening onto a cross ball on the right and sliding the ball under the diving body of Dibble. He looked a yard offside but the linesman did not raise his flag. More misfortune befell Celtic 2 minutes later when James Young went off injured to be replaced by Adrian Maguire. The substitute was quickly into the action, passing to Wakeham who turned and shot to bring a diving save from Luke Martin. The visitors went straight up the other end and when the home defence hesitated Walters nipped in and was foiled by the quick reactions of Dibble who blocked his shot for Goytre’s 4th corner. In the closing minutes of the half Wakeham and Hutson had shots saved.
Half time: Celtic 0 Goytre U 1
Goytre fashioned the first chances of the 2nd half, Jandir Zola’s cheeky pot shot going just wide and a shot from Walters was blocked. Maguire was getting through a lot of hard work down the right flank and his cross was met by Penry who fired over the bar from 25 yards. Adrian then received a fine long cross from Williams and crossed again to Penry who headed wide. On the hour the visitors should have gone 2 up but Roberts headed Hutson’s great cross wide of an open goal. On 62 minutes Iolo Jones was booked. Hutson shot over the bar from a Goytre corner but from then on Celtic dominated the play, putting in countless crosses but captain Dale Griffiths and Tom Atyeo were outstanding in the centre of the defence in the way they dealt with Celtic’s aerial bombardment. Maguire was booked for a rash diving tackle in the 70th minute. Then his shot was saved by Martin. Wakeham’s shot was blocked. Tom Haggett came on for Luke Jones in the 77th minute, Celtic reverting to 3 at the back. Larcombe’s knockdown gave Iolo Jones a chance which he put over the bar. Francis and Ellis had shots blocked for Goytre. On 82 minutes Rhys Williams and Hutson were booked after an off the ball tussle. Penry and Maguire shot wide and the last chance fell to Francis whose long range 40 yarder went wide.
Full-time: Celtic 0 Goytre U 1
Goytre just about deserved their win thanks mainly to Griffiths and Atyeo who are an outstanding pair in the heart of their defence. Celtic’s centre back pairing also formed a fine partnership. Jones has been outstanding in his two games back whilst Rhys Williams was Celtic’s man of the match for his outstanding captaincy, strong tackling and he put in some superb cross balls to the flanks. Adrian Maguire had a fine game on the right. Penry was Celtic’s most potent attacker and Dibble showed calm confidence in the way he dealt with the high ball. In the final analysis Celtic should not be downbeat. They played a lot of good approach football but they undoubtedly missed striker Josh Bull.
Ref watch: Celtic were not happy with some of Alex McInch’s decisions and his control of the match. Our match reporter thought he did OK.
STATS: Celtic 4 shots on target 6 off; 4 corners. Goytre 8 shots on target 5 off; 6 corners.