A dominant performance from the Beijing Celtics who gave their Japanese opponents less than a salmon roll to nibble upon in this very one sided game of football. Unfortunately for Kozo there was very little doubt in the outcome of this fixture from start to finish.
A strong response was needed from the Celtics after their first loss of the season a fortnight ago as the well-rested green and white hoops went out with all guns blazing in lidu park. The pace and directness of the Celtics was too hot to handle for the struggling Japanese as Simon Holland managed to outpace the last line of defence on several occasions to bag himself a first half hat-trick without breaking a sweat.
To get himself mentioned in the match report once again, James McSweeney got himself sent off in the first half for two yellow cards. The first for tackling a player late for no reason and the second for handling the ball in the oppositions penalty box… also for no reason.
Into the second half and despite having a man advantage, Kozo struggled to get a foothold in the match. Dom Lytwyn made it 4-0 as the breaking ball from a low cross fell to him inside the area before he rifling it into the top corner. Shortly after, Simon Holland volleyed a loose ball from a corner into the roof of the net before he was removed from the field as Kozo were not satisfied that his boots conformed to IFF standards. The Japanese FA are still adamant that this had nothing to do with him scoring four goals but rather the safety of their players.
Demus George wrapped up the scoring with a sneaky bottom right corner free kick in the dying moments of the game. Of course, this was greeted with his trademark backward somersault, but this didn’t get the supporters quite as excited as the sexy goalkeeper jersey change between Paul Fogarty and David Mahon mid second half. However, some have ridiculed this as an Iain Shaw marketing ploy to boost Beijing Celtics calendar sales ahead of the Christmas party.
A comfortable win in the penultimate game of the calendar year for the Celtics with an important match against tobacco and a Christmas party to look forward to before the year ends.