A well organized Forbidden City controlled this top of the table clash as the Beijing Celtics struggled to threaten throughout the 90 minutes.
Perfect Spring weather conditions set the scene for this Beijing rivalry as the 2016 Beijing cup champions sought revenge for an opening match of the season loss at the hands of the Celtics.
It was clear from the outset that Forbidden City had done their homework as the usually deadly Celtic attack force was made to look uncharacteristically tame against their well-drilled counterparts.
The deadlock was broken 20 minutes in as an attack from open play granted the Forbidden City striker a clear chance at goal inside the area which he clinically finished firing the ball low into the corner.
The Celtics responded well shortly after with a dangerous cross into the box after an attack down the left wing. As neither attacker nor defender made a clean connection in the air the ball fell kindly to the edge of the area where Dom Lytwyn was on hand to fire the ball into the roof of the net.
As half time approached a golden opportunity went begging for the Celtics which conversely resulted in a quick counter down the other end of the field making it 2-1 to City at the break.
Not much to report in the second half as the Celtics lost their shape and spirit. With little innovation on the field the team resorted to wishful long balls which were easily handled by the physical city defense. The game was finally put to bed as crisp half volley strike from the edge of the area found its way to the back of the Celtics net.
At 3-1 the match fizzled out to the final whistle as Forbidden City celebrated a well deserved win.
Most people will agree it was just one of those days for the Celtics however burger and chips expert David ‘’Dusty’’ Mahon insists the result was due the fact that he wasn’t playing due to a hamstring injury.