An early Christmas treat for the neutrals as goals were exchanged throughout this thrilling final game of the 2016 season. Both teams hit purple patches at different stages of the match with Tobacco going in front on two separate occasions. Nonetheless the Celtics showed great resilience to come from behind twice and finally snatch a winner to take home the 3 points.
The Celtics started the match in their usually attacking fashion but squandered some guilt edged chances early on to take the lead. Against the run of play an individual piece of skill from the Tobacco target man put them in the lead from a seemingly nothing long ball.
Captain Dom Lytwyn equalized through a scrappy goalmouth scramble from a corner kick however this was cancelled out by an equally sloppy goal from a corner moments before the half time break to make it 2-1 to Tobacco.
Despite being behind at the break stand in keeper Alan Kelly remained surprisingly calm and relaxed. This may have confused and maybe even unnerved some of the Celtics players but it seemed to work as they started the second half very confidently.
A dazzling run by Herman down the left wing gave Irish Basketball expert Daryl the opportunity to strike a clean low half volley from inside the area to level the scores at 2-2 around the 60 minute mark.
A dipping free kick from the edge of the area from infamous set piece specialist Demus George made it 3-2, however before the Canadian had time to finish his acrobatic celebration Tobacco capitalized on a slight lapse in concentration to make it 3-3.
Nerves were starting to show on both sides but this didn’t affect the cool headed swede Herman who stepped up and created a goal from nowhere with a crisp one two pass splitting the defense inside the box before he rolled the ball past the stranded keeper. His parents Freddie Ljunberg and the blonde girl from Abba must be very proud of him.
Tobacco continued to press but men of the match Finn and Charlie kept them at bay from their respective left and right back positions. The final whistle was met with both joy and relief as the Celtics continue to keep up the pace at the top of the table.