Origin F.C once again proved themselves to be no walk over keeping the score line at 0-0 well into the second half in this tense affair. However relentless attacking pressure from Celtic led to the deadlock eventually being broken before a second was added resulting in a fair 2-0 victory for the green and white title challengers.
Despite Beijing Celtic's aspirations for silverware it's important to note the players haven't lost sight of their core values such as poking fun at Kieron Nolan’s eye operation and enjoying a good night out. Of course the night before was an evening not to be neglected and it was evident most of the team had been out appropriately celebrating Saint Patrick's day; or rather "Saint Paddy O'Shea’s" day as it's becoming known as in Beijing.
Nonetheless the next morning the players focused their attention on their stubborn opponent and they battled through the hangover. In the first half Celtic looked defensively solid with Dave Mahon and Sinclair MacMath’s combined weight of 200 KG making easy work of containing any potential Origin threat. Most of this Origin threat stems from their talented Russian midfielder, however, due to the fact that all of his Chinese teammates don’t quite understand what he's saying made Daryl Harkin and Eric Farrell's job of taking care of him a little bit easier.
Celtic remained positive and patient and finally took the lead in the second half as Dom Lytwyn lifted a ball over the high defensive line which Richie Lenehan intercepted before striking it on the half volley beyond the approaching keeper. Celtic continued to look dangerous down the left as Chris Liu linked up well from left back. The game began to open up and at the 60th minute mark a goal of similar fashion as the first made it 2-0.
This gave Celtic some breathing space and the opportunity to introduce some fresh blood and give some old legs a run out in the form of new exciting skillful Spanish coach, José Adame; and... Alan Kelly.
A hard fought victory and a first clean sheet for new goalkeeper David O’Connor will most certainly have given Celtic high hopes ahead of the cup quarter final against Russia F.C