Celtic Game 2 2006
Saturday 13th May, Celtic Park
Celtic (Home) 6 Celtic (Away) 4
Hoops Home sealed victory after stemming a brave fight back from McGrain’s Away side in the final match of the Celtic FC leg of the Football Aid Championships.
Paul Lambert’s side certainly started the brighter scoring in the 3rd minute from a superb Peter Haslam strike.
The striker neatly doubled the lead ten minutes later. Finding space, he took his time to catch the keeper off his line and despatched a fantastic chip over Fenton’s head much to the delight of the appreciative crowd.
Legend Lambert joined in the fun minutes later sending a curling cross from 30 yards to the back post where the ever-vigilant Alcock was perfectly placed to help head the ball over the line.
The Home side looked to be strolling to their fourth goal shortly after when Haslam once more sent a cheeky chip high over Fenton’s head. Much to the relief of the Away side, the ball hit the bar and dropped onto the top of the net.
McGrain’s men came back into the game on the half hour. Some great movement down the left wing by Donnelly resulted in a flawless cross back across the face of goal to McCrossan. The midfielder met it on the half volley and jabbed it home to make it 3-1.
Once more, the Home side were quicker of the blocks in the second half with the vibrant Haslam popping up in the right place in the 47th minute to edge Lambert’s side further forward and complete his hat trick.
Undaunted, the Away team pulled one back a minute later, a beautifully taken goal from Cameron that sailed high into the roof of the net to make it 4-2.
Without pausing for breath, Lambert’s squad replied with another goal in the 53rd minute. This time substitute McParland tapping home from close range.
On a roll, McParland secured his double shortly after and looked to have wrapped the game up for the Home team but with 30 minutes to go, the game was by no means over…
A penalty neatly taken by Cameron made the score 6-3 and sustained pressure by the determined side hailed another deserved goal.
Donnelly was the mastermind, working the ball from back to front bringing Away forward with intelligent passing. The ball finally fell to Diamond who hammered it low past a diving McDonnell to reduce the gap further.
A frantic finale ensued as Away fought to equalise. In the 75th minute, Donnelly held up play on the edge of the box giving Cameron enough time to run up front. His attempt skimmed wide of the post to keep the score at 6-4.
In the dying minutes Mulvenna came close twice - the first a fearsome shot against the bar from an angle and the second flying just wide of the right hand corner after the midfielder pounced on a rebound.
The final score 6-4 to an ecstatic Home side.
As Peter Haslam commented after the match, “Thank you for one of the best days of my life! A hat trick at Celtic Park, truly a dream come true. A great cause, a great charity and a great day!”