Beijing Celtic friendships were put on hold for a 90-minute hiatus as both Celtic teams were asked to face off against each other in a very interesting second round cup fixture. Although Celtic Beijing showed some glimmers of prowess going forward, Beijing Celtic looked in control throughout and were ruthless in front of goal. It goes without saying that there was an abundance of goals in this match but some other incidents are most definitely worth mentioning.
Firstly, Kieron Nolan had a point to prove marking Daryl Harkin in the centre of the pitch and within the first ten minutes he skilfully nutmegged his adversary much to the delight of the fans… thanks for coming Daryl. Unfortunately for Nolan he was, as he would say it, ‘’put on toast’’ on several occasions following his piece of magic.
Alan Kelly brought his finishing boots and netted four in total. Despite this fantastic performance what might live longer in the memory is the Joker’s Belief lead singer wearing a revealing tight red singlet for a jersey. We are still unsure if the defence were mesmerised by Kelly’s sexy skills or sexy belly top.
Ian Lahiffe has always been an avid fan of Richard Dunne. In the first half he emulated his idol by scoring one of the goals of the game wrong footing himself and his own keeper before finally tumbling in to his own net along with the ball.
A 5-1 halftime score looked ominous and there was talk of mixing the teams however Player manager and town drunk Ciaran Fallon was adamant that his players would rather die on their feet then live on their knees and the second half began.
Marcos Nois has been under pressure recently as many conspiracy theorists believe that his questionable first touch would indicate that he is not Marcos Nois from Brazil but Mark Nolan from Bradford. In typical samba style he squashed these rumours by taking Franky Carter for a merry dance and in response Franky showed that he is from Bradford and exercised his Maui Thai skills chopping down the Brazilian.
Before the final whistle there was just enough time for Eric Farrel to score a wonder goal from outside the area somehow lobbing the leagues tallest keeper James Martin. Sorry James.
The match was played in good humour, many goals were scored, and many rum and cokes were drank afterwards. Overall having two Celtic teams play against each shows just how much the club has grown and continues to go from strength to strength.