What started off as a beautiful autumn day: with the sun shining on historic day for both clubs. Celtic Beijing were in good spirits after a great win in the cup on the previous Saturday.
Too Sexy FC started the game with a high tempo and the Celtic's conceded possession too many times in the early stages and it was no surprize The Celtics conceded just after 20 minutes; when the pressure finally told. Apart from a brief spell in the first half, the Celtic's looked like they were still on their summer holidays, to be fair Too Sexy had a lucky break for their first goal. They were also the better team in the second half and added to their first goal ten minutes into the second half.
Kieron Nolan won a very "dubious" penalty with five minutes to go. This was" calmly" slotted home by Sean McSheffrey on his league debut. The Celtic's rallied at the end to try and gain a point. It wasn't to be and Too Sexy FC ran out worthy winner in all honestly. The Celtic's will come again and will know what to expect from the return fixture later in the season.
Sadly the day was rounded off with a second defeat for the Club with Sexy FC taking the spoils in both respective encounters.
Man of the Match: Sean McSheffrey
Celtic Beijing 0 v 5 Beijing Rockets
The day started off as anything but a normal mid autumn day in the Capital: the weather felt more like a typical day in deep winter in the North West of England.
Celtic Beijing were keen to get going with the weather starting to turn, even though the match officials' were far from accommodating with a delay in proceeding of at least ten minutes.
Once the game got underway the Celtic's realised the team they were playing, was a far cry from the same team they faced in the cup two weeks ago. The Rocket's had made at least seven changes to their starting line up.
The game was very disjointed in the first ten minutes with both teams trying to test each other out early on. The Celtic's really did not get going in this match and just before half time conceded a sucker punch with the Rocket's scoring a lucky goal.
The second goal just after half time really took the wind out of the home team's sails and the third was a "horror show" never to be repeated I hope. With James Martin keeping the score line nearly respectable, it just shows how bad an afternoon it was for the Celtic's. Their fourth goal was worthy of winning any match and then the fifth came when the Celtic's thought life couldn't get any worse. Franky Cater had an excellent low drive saved late on, that's about as much as we could say about the Celtic's as an attacking force.
Celtic Beijing will come again! On a happier note: Beijing Celtic beat France FC 2-0.
Man of the Match: James Martin
Author's Note: To summarize this game as a "proud Celtic" is not for the "faint hearted" and is something I hope I will never have to repeat!