On paper this should have been a relatively straight forward victory for Celtic considering their recent form, however Origin proved that their poor league position does not accurately reflect their footballing ability. It was a match which started out quite open before turning into a real scrappy dog fight with Celtic just about edging it 1-0.
Many fans were unnerved with the sight of almost forgotten left back Ste Hurworth scrambling through the gear bag looking for his dustier than Dusty Mahon shin pads which indicated that their new star signing Chris Liu would be absent from the starting eleven. However, a few Rory Delapesque throw-ins into the danger area from the Liverpudlian reminded everybody exactly why they allow a scouser to play on their team.
The Celtics built on the momentum created from these dangerous throw-ins and finally broke the deadlock after 25 minutes. A looping cross delivered by striker Franky Carter temptingly floated towards the back of the area into the path of the incoming Richie Lenehan who struck the ball first time on the volley back across the keeper into the far corner. From an objective and unbiased match reporter’s perspective it looked like one of the goals of the season. Nonetheless after taking the lead the Celtics continued to press in the first half but couldn’t quite put the ball in the back of the net and it remained 1-0 at half time.
It was clear that the quality of the football dropped significantly in the second half. Many late tackles and petulant behaviour had an apparent effect on the flow of the match which led to a very disjointed and stop start game. Arguably this suited Origin and if it was not for a trademark one on one Warren Eben save the outcome of this game could have been very different.
The game threatened to boil over at times and Origin were reduced to 10 men with just 10 minutes to go. Thankfully Sinclair McMath’s deep breathing yoga techniques allowed players such as Daryl Harkin to find their ZEN and remain calm despite being provoked by the opposition.
Not a pretty 3 points by a long shot but from looking at the faces of the Celtic’s starting 11 it’s clear that this team should have no problem with winning ugly… I’ll see myself out.