Celtic Beijing once again were unlucky not to come away with all three points as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Vikings.
Celtic dominated possession from the kick-off and just like last weekend's game against the Barbarians B they deservedly took the lead midway through the first-half. The ball was kicked up the field by Michael Shiels, and as the keeper rushed out from his box, Enda Winters got to the ball first and as cool as you like lobbed the ball over the onrushing keeper to put Celtic in front.
There were few and far chances to follow for both sides in the opening 45 until shortly before the break when the Vikings had the opportunity of an equaliser with Jack Todd handling the ball on the line following a Viking's header. The referee without hesitation pointed to the spot with Todd picking up only a yellow card for his troubles. Unfortunately for Celtic, for the second weekend running the opposition found their way back into the game through a penalty kick with the Viking's striker sending James Martin the wrong way.
The second half was a drab affair with Celtic Beijing dominating proceedings but unable to create any clear-cut chances. However, without much possession, the Vikings were able to create some chances, and Man of the Match James Martin made some smart saves to keep the game at 1-1.
However just as both sides looked like settling for a point, Enda Winters made a great run down the left wing, and he pulled the ball back to Franky Carter in the box and with just the keeper to beat he failed to get good contact on the ball, and the ball trickled wide. The Celtic fans and players urged their side on to create one more scoring opportunity but time was up, and the referee blew the full-time whistle.
Another draw as the Celtic Beijing continues to look for their first win in the league, but in terms of this performance and the progress being made a first league win is imminent. With the next league game four weeks away the Cup will take centre stage with the Celtic Beijing taking on Beijing Celtic in the 2nd round of the cup on the 14th of October, in what is expected to be a highly entertaining game, and also a highly entertaining weekend of craic and debauchery.