After a long winter break, the first team looked to start the second half of the season with a bang, against newly promoted Añejo FC. With club legend, rock star and party animal Alan Kelly suspended, it was great to see Aaron Hu back in the green and white jersey, leading the front line. The Celtic boys started brightly with Aaron and Richie’s speed and direct running posing difficulties for the Añejo defence.
A solid first half performance from a star studded midfield was thrown off course when newcomer Timmy was bundled over by his own man. Leaving him with an ankle the size of Hurworth’s pocket after receiving his 2000rmb worth of Paddy’ vouchers. The game was evenly poised when a huge penalty shout towards the half time whistle, involving skipper Richie, was turned down by the referee. In usual loutish, Celtic fashion, the Celtic lads, led by Gaffa Dom, screamed obscenities at the referee to no avail.
Even without the club’s sage and fashion guru – Sinclair, the Celtic defence were resolute in their approach. A new back four (including Italian maestro - Marco Barbini, top shot stopper and a calming influence - Davey, club stalwart - Paul Fog and long ball specialist – Ste Hurworth) impressed in a fine, first half defensive display.
It was 0-0 going into the break and the boys had a good opportunity to regroup and listen to 11 different philosophies on how to win the game…
Chances floundered from both sides in the second half but it was the South American’s that broke the dead lock. A long ball from the goalkeeper on the counter caught the Celtic defence napping. A rebound off the post fell nicely to the Añejo ’s playmaker and the ball found itself in the back of the net. The lads in green and white had it all to do going into the final stages of the match…
Club Football Coach, Robbie from Scotland, another newcomer, had the best opportunity of the second half. Robbie looked sharp when he came on but couldn’t convert a tough one on one opportunity in the dying stages of the match. With three gingers on the pitch against Añejo , (Shane, Eric and Robbie), it is clear that David Mahon is still leading the race for the club’s greatest all time ginger Celtic.
The match finished Añejo 1 Beijing Celtic 0. An extremely positive performance all round against a very strong outfit. In memory of Chris Makishima, the boys enjoyed some Japenese beers watching the second team. Onwards and upwards for the lads in green and white. Nothing would please the Celtic lads more than beating close rivals, the Barbarians on Saturday!