Celtic Game 2 2003
Celtic Report Game Two
The sunshine greeted the 28 Celtic fans who arrived at Parkhead to take part in the second Football Aid match. After their tour of the stadium, the players were led into the newly furbished changing rooms to the sight of their personalised shirt hanging up. It was then out for a warm up taken by team captains, Home team, Tosh McKinlay and Away team George McCluskey. Then back into the changing rooms for an inspiring team talk from the two managers, Home team manager Dixie Dean and Away team manager Bobby Lennox.
The final result was a 1-1 draw, with goals from Gerard Hunter in the first half followed by a last minute equaliser from Vernon Fox in the Away team. So it was down to penalties. The two teams gathered in the centre circle as five team members from either side took the long walk to the penalty spot to test their nerve against the goalkeepers.
The shoot-out went down to the wire, balanced at 5 - 4 to the home team, an away team player stepped forward to level the score and take the penalty shoot-out into sudden death, but unfortunately for Neil Heron his miss meant glory for man of the match goalkeeper Jason McKeown and joy in paradise for the home team.
When poor Neil missed his penalty the scores where 4-4 which meant that the match was clinched for the home team when Kevin Casey cooly slotted home or shut his eyes and hoped for the best- depending on who you believe.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved, players, spectators and Football Aid staff alike. Thanks must go to all at Celtic Park for their great efforts in helping to organise such superb Football Aid events.
Home team scorer,
No. 11 Gerard Hunter
Away team scorer
No.7 Vernon Fox
Man of the match
Home Team, Jason McKeown.
Away Team, Sean McKeown.