The Celtics showed their strength in depth to breeze past Tobacco in this last game of the season. With a last chance for players to impress ahead of the cup semi final, the Celtic’s made use of all their resources to play almost two separate teams in each half which was too much for Tobacco to handle in the dry sultry weather.
Simon Holland began the scoring in his usual fashion by causing havoc dispossessing a Tobacco defender in the box before netting home from close range. Kieron Nolan proved there’s still some fight left in the old dog with two goals and a man of the match performance. The first goal coming from a clever short corner orchestrated by Herman Palmgren and Ste Hurworth which was flicked on with pace looping over the keeper. Nolan’s second was a composed strike as he found himself in space just inside the area which flew high into the roof of the net.
Tobacco had chances to bring themselves back into the game before half time most notably coming from their talented striker who after doing the hard work in rounding the keeper was dispossessed on the line by Paul Fogarty who has zero tolerance for arrogant showmanship.
A total of 7 subs were used at half time which didn’t seem to upset the momentum of the Celtics. Aaron Pu scored early on in the second half. He picked the ball up on the edge of the area with his back to goal before beating his man and firing low into the corner. Richie Lenehan bagged two goals either side of a brave Charlie Scott header and Tobacco scored a late consolation to finish up the goal fest.
Some other stand out performances included Brazilian Marcos Noiz who came off the bench and assisted two goals, David Mahon who played the full 90 minutes in the sweltering heat and Franky Carter who headed the ball over the bar with an open goal at his mercy.
It was an overall good game of football and a good day out for those enjoying their Sunday beers on the sideline. The victory cemented a second place finish for the Celtics which is a lot to be proud of considering it’s the highest position the club has ever achieved. Congratulations to Afrika F.C on winning the league but the Celtic’s will be hopeful they can topple them next season.