A dismal second half performance by Beijing Celtic gifted old rivals Barbarians three points as they came from behind to deservedly win 4-1.
Conditions were hot and muggy out in Dulwich and it was looking like the Babas would struggle to field 11 players before Kickoff. Eventually the match did get underway and as the match began to take shape the Celtics looked the stronger of the two but failed to take the lead early on.
With 10 minutes left in the half a ball was bounced through in front of Aaron Pu just inside the area at a wide angle. Without hesitation Aaron let fly from a tight angle and the ball rocketed into the roof of the net. Usually both teams acknowledge when a goal has been scored however the unscrupulous Babas goalkeeper who had been embarrassed by being beaten at his near post stated a claim that the ball somehow went through the side netting so technically it wasn’t actually a goal. It was a very interesting proposal by the Spiderman enthusiast which thoroughly deliberated upon by linesmen and referee before both agreeing ‘’ting bu dong laowai’’ and awarded the goal.
Into the second half and the momentum of the game most definitely switched. A dangerous low cross from the Barbarians winger into the box took a wicked deflection to wrong foot the Celtics goalkeeper and creep over the line to level the score. Soon after it was 2-1 as a goal was conceded in similar fashion and all of a sudden things began to look ominous for the green and white.Celtic began to chase the game but seemed to lack energy and ideas. In the meantime the Baba’s fresh legs started to run riot and before long it was 4-1 and the match was very much out of sight.
A disappointing match for Celtic but they could have no complaints as the Barbarians proved how football is very much a game of two halves, however Local philosopher Rory Baros was quick to remind others that winning a league is a marathon not a sprint.