A scoreless draw that threatened to boil over at times which both teams will have felt they could have won. A lack of consistency and possession was the obvious downfall for both teams as neither succeeded in taking control of the game.
With Thierry Henry’s hand still in the back of the mind of some bitter Irish Celtics contingent along with a certain “je ne sais quoi” from the French a clear clash of culture and personalities was evident in this edgy game of football in side park.
Besides a few opportunities early in the match the Celtics uncharacteristically never threatened to break the deadlock. On the other hand, the French grew with confidence throughout the game with some very classy players in the midfield pulling the strings and frustrating the Celtics. Men of the match Demus George and David Mahon were vital in keeping the match scoreless as the French ‘’va va voom’’ was not quite enough to break down the Celtics defence.
Overall a fair result to a very scrappy game, a hint of disappointment resonated around the pitch at the sound of the final whistle with Ian Shaw consoling his players telling them ‘’c’est la vie’’.