The Celtics left it late in this closely contested penultimate league game of the season. For the (arguably) sexy team it was a chance at revenge for their previous quarter final defeat. For the Celtic’s it was a chance to welcome back legend Kyle Wagner and to give Kieron Nolan an eagerly anticipated start which would hopefully to his after match moaning in Paddy’s. One of these people had a big influence on the result, the other one lasted 20 minutes before making up more excuses, I’ll allow you to figure it out.
The hot Beijing weather in SiDe Park led to some early perspiration however it didn’t prevent either team starting the match at a frantic pace. The Celtic’s opted for a very attacking formation and with not much pressure on the team in terms of a result began to confidently pass the ball around from defense to attack. However despite the pressure being exerted on the Sexy defense the match remained 0-0 at the break.
The Celtics came out flying in the second half and within twenty minutes a penalty was awarded for an inexcusable handball. The talented Sexy keeper read the penalty well and parried the ball away from the bottom left corner.
As the match continued at 0-0 frustrations began to rise in the Celtic’s camp, even Jeff Young took it upon himself to tackle his own player James McSweeney without much warning. With all the Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer antics happening in the middle of the park a golden opportunity was presented to the Dutch Sexy striker who found himself in acres of space one on one with the keeper. He delicately lobbed the bouncing ball over the imposing figure of Warren and as the ball seemed destined for the net it took a wicked high bounce which rattled the crossbar.
As a result the Celtic’s were given a get out of jail free card which they gladly took. With less than 10 minutes to go the not so young Sexy players began to tire. Simon Holland sprinted in behind the defense before pulling the ball back square to man of the match Richie Lenehan who drilled the ball goal ward for Kyle Wagner to poke it in over the line. A few minutes later it was 2-0 as a similar attack down the wing gave the returning Kyle Wagner the chance to pass the ball in to the corner of the net from the six yards out.
The match ended with the final whistle and a poem from Rory Baros which we won’t be repeating for both copyright and human rights reasons. A result for the Celtic’s which showed their resilience and will give them further confidence ahead of their cup semi-final against ‘La France’ If you haven’t figured it out yet Kyle was the hero and Kieron cried off after 20 minutes.