A repeat of last season’s cup semi-final saw the green and white hoops display one of their most comprehensive performances in recent years and gain their first 3 points of the season.
The relationship between French LE and Celtic is most definitely a bitter sweet one. Very bitter on the pitch as French legs are transformed from strong baguettes to bloody steak tartar as they are usually beaten for 90 minutes by the likes of Daryl Harkin; and very sweet off the pitch as you will often hear a beautiful rendition of “Frère Jacques” performed by the (relatively) respected French Greg and Alan Kelly in Paddy O’Sheas after the match no matter what the result.
Good performances are usually built on a solid foundation and that the Celtics had done just that with Paul Fogarty and Eric Farrell creating a solid spine from center back and defensive midfield respectively which allowed the rest of the team to drive forward.
Eventually the Celtic’s took the lead in the first half after some persistent attacking. Dom Lytwyn, who probably set a world record for most headers won in a game, managed to squeeze a looping header just over the line from an in swinging corner.
Despite very good territory the Celtics couldn’t quite put the game to bed in the second half which left the door open for the French to get back into the game. However with Warren Eben as gate keeper along with some brutal Kieron Nolanesque finishing by the French it stayed at 1-0.
Finally with just 20 minutes left to play, a beautifully delicate through ball from a wide angle by Sean Mc Sheffrey found Richie Lenehan in space who neatly drilled the ball low from close range to make it 2-0.(See Below)
An Honourable mention must go to new signing Chris Liu who put in a great performance from left back and was awarded man of the match. After the match many of the fans were delighted to finally have a decent player who can play in that position #nervousste #worriedscouser.