Vs: Port Talbot Town
Match Type: League (A)
Date: 06-01-2018 14:00
The lads could have been forgiven for looking a bit rusty after having not played a competitive game since 2nd December but, on the contrary, they started this game like they’d not had a break at all! A testament to their fitness, attitude and commitment.
They went at Port Talbot from the start and mounted a series of attacks, the best of which saw a great crossfield pass from Kesh Patel finding Chris Ham whose shot was blocked for a corner. From this, Rhys Williams played the ball back to Simon Prangley whose shot went just wide.
But football being what it is, from Port Talbot’s first real attack they took the lead. Jonathan Hood went past a couple of tackles down the right and, as he cut in, he was bundled over the goal line a bit too physically for the referee and he pointed to the spot. Craig Jones duly converted the penalty.
Johnathan Hood then hit a shot harmlessly over the bar but Celtic soon regained the initiative. A great cross from Kinsella was met by Chris Ham with a flicked header which went agonisingly just wide of the far post with McCreesh in the host’s goal well beaten. A Chris Ham cross was then a bit too high for Josh Bull. Celtic were not to be denied and a great run down the left by Callum Wakeham ended with him crossing low into the path of Josh Bull who tapped in the equaliser.
Jonathan Hood then hit a shot tamely wide and Jason Bowen side-footed a shot straight at Lewis Watkins after being put through by Anthony Rawlings. Celtic immediately responded and a cross from Lloyd Kinsella was deflected for a corner. From this, a shot by James Young was blocked and then another cross from Lloyd was very fortunately deflected by a defender straight into the arms of McCreesh. Josh Bull then beat his man down the left, but his cross was hit over the bar by Callum Wakeham. Lloyd Kinsella then pulled up with a recurrence of his hamstring problem and was replaced by Iolo Jones. Chris Ham then played a pass into the path of Josh Bull who was adjudged to be offside, but it was a very close call! A cross from Kesh Patel was a little to high for Chris Ham whose header on the stretch went wide. The half ended with another good run by Josh Bull down the left. From his cross both Callum Wakeham and Iolo Jones had shots blocked.
Half Time: Port Talbot 1 Celtic 1
At the start of the second period, Jonathan Hood suddenly found himself free down the right, but his shot went high and wide. Luke Jones then sustained an injury and was replaced by Andrew Larcombe.Josh Bull wriggled free down the left, but his low cross went harmlessly across the face of the goal with nobody able to get a touch on it.
It then looked like Port Talbot would take the lead when Luke Bowen met a corner from the right and headed powerfully down inside the near post, but Lewis Watkins got down brilliantly to make a superb save. Simon Prangley then picked up an injury and was replaced by Adrian MaGuire who, soon afterwards hit a firm shot from 25 yards which was pushed away for a corner at full length by McCreesh.
Celtic continued to threaten but could not create any real chances.
Right at the death, Luke Bowen had a great chance to steal all three points but inexplicably side-footed his shot wide from 6 yards when it looked harder to miss than score!!
Full Time: Port Talbot 1 Celtic 1
Although they had to rely on Bowen’s miss at the end Celtic were full value for the point they won and could maybe think themselves unlucky not to have picked up all three. They dominated the game for long periods, particularly in the first half, but didn’t get that bit of luck you sometimes need in front of goal. Nevertheless, this was a good all-round performance after a 6 week lay-off. The only down side was the three injuries to Lloyd Kinsella, Luke Jones and Simon Prangley that resulted in substitutions. Let’s hope they prove to be not too serious.
MOM: There were good performances right throughout the team, but the nod goes to Callum Wakeham who was playing a full 90 minutes for the first time for a while, most of it in his favoured position alongside Josh Bull. He worked tirelessly throughout the game and set up the equaliser for Josh Bull.
Ref Watch: Jordan Harman had a very good game for such a young man. He controlled things well, let the game flow when he could and there were no unnecessary bookings.