Beijing Celtics continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-3 draw against Añejo Gran Reserva. Temperatures and temperaments flared hotter than a chipotle tamale on the day as two strong sides battled out an intense game.
The starting line-up welcomed back Ed “El Burro” Reeves, who most knew merely as the boring bloke who would leave Paddy’s at 10pm on a Saturday night. The match was barely 10 minutes in before Ed decided he’d had enough in traditional fashion.
Celtics’ opening exchanges were very positive. The central forward superstar pairing of Brendan “El Armadillo” Fennell and Frank “La Barracuda” Carter proved impossible to mark for the defenders. The two dangermen made impressive runs which made Anejo feel even older. It wasn’t long before The Hoops made the breakthrough with El Armadillo’s unstoppable *cough* shot too hot for the keeper to hold.
The fiesta was in full swing as Celtics doubled their lead through Alan “La Anaconda” Alafour. La Anaconda slithered his way through the defenders before putting the ball past the keeper who could do nada to prevent the goal.
The backline slipped into a siesta as Anejo Gran Reserva levelled up the scores to 2-2. To add salt and tequila to the wound, Celtics conceded a penalty straight after the restart. Luckily no Celtic bulls were shown red by the refereeing matador. The Anejo penalty taker stepped up and put his shot wide of the post. Beijing Celtics celebrated like it was Cinco de Mayo.
After a series of substitutions, John “La Llama” Sands was introduced on the left wing. The ball was played out wide as La Llama galloped after it. You could hear the calls from the onlooking supporters calling “arriba, andale!” Sands whipped in a perfect cross for the strikers as La Barracuda made a near post run dragging away the goalkeeper and defender, it left an open goal for El Armadillo to head the Celtics into a 3-2 lead.
The two teams continued to tango, but it wasn’t long before Anejo were asking questions of the Celtic defence again. Nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition. Anejo crossed the ball into the box where there was complete incommunicado between defenders and goalkeeper as we conceded for the final time to level the scores.
The game finished 3-3 and while Celtic will feel that they should have won the game, sometimes just it’s nacho day.
There were some great performances on the day with special mentions for Alex “El Caimán” Chen and Eric “El Mosquito” Farrell. However, the man of the match award was given to Josh “El Mustang” Brown.
After a hard fought guerra, the players shared a few mojitos and daiquiris in Paddy’s.