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Celtic Game 1 2006

Saturday 13th May, Celtic Park

Celtic (Home) 5 Celtic (Away) 2

Ryan Sloan was in sizzling form as the Hoops Home team romped to a rousing victory over McGrain’s Away side in the Celtic FC leg of the Football Aid Championships.

The silky striker opened the scoring in the 15th minute after some beautiful forward play. A turn of pace saw Sloan 1-on-1 with Robinson before neatly lifting the ball perfectly over the advancing keeper.

Away levelled the score on the half hour as forward Loudon burst beyond the back line and struck hard for goal. Keeper Drummond managed to palm away the first attempt but great positional play meant Quirke was onside to finish the move.

But minutes later, McBride’s Home team moved forward in an aggressive counterattack. A great piece of individual skill from substitute Croarkin saw the midfielder skip through the Away defence before sidestepping the keeper and confidently thumping the ball home.

A rampant Home team, hungry for goal, dominated the rest of the half. An attack down the left flank ended with an impeccably waited shot by midfielder Gallagher which reverberated off the cross bar. But Sloan was to make no such mistake with his attempt minutes from the break, making the score 3-1 at half time.

The Away team started strongly in the second half, pulling a goal back in the 47th minute. A perfect pass from a corner allowed McClafferty to send a vicious volley past Drummond from 25 yards.

A break down the left wing saw the hard working Ryan Sloan in behind the ball. Cutting into the box, he let rip with a stinging strike, which ricocheted over the line to bring the Home squad flying back into the game in the 68th minute.

He then completed the rout in the 75th minute with a low finish for his fourth goal of the match. The final score 5-2 to a dominant Home side.

As Sean Quirke commented after the match, “Quite simply the experience of a lifetime. To actually use the facilities of Paradise in the same way that our idols throughout the clubs glorious history have done will live with me forever. Sitting in the dressing room getting a half time pep talk from Danny McGrain still seems kind of surreal. Many thanks for a fantastic and unforgettable day.”