Our 2015 Celtic Game 1 was certainly one to remember, with an incredible 21 goals being scored during the 90mins. Unfortunately for the Home team they all came at their end… The Home team battled hard throughout and never gave up, however the Away team’s combination of high energy attacking football and rock solid defence never allowed the Hoops a chance. The Away team were just too good on the day and were definite contenders for team of the year.
Date: Sunday 3rd May 2015
Venue: Celtic Park
Celtic (Home) vs Celtic (Away)
Kick Off: 10:30 am
Match Officials: Euan Birch, Tony Fullerton, Gary Hanvidge & Ross Gray
The Celtic Park pitch was in immaculate condition for Game 1 and the Home team kicked off the match in their traditional Green and White hoops. They started the game promisingly, with Simon Lindsay’s through balls creating a couple of quick opportunities for his strike partner Shaun Gilbert, however the powerful No 71 couldn’t quite get a clean effort away on either occasion.
The Away team, wearing all Green, responded well though and their No 10 Chris Walker tested Home keeper Jason Lawrie with a fine low effort, however the No 1 was up to the job and expertly palmed away the effort to safety. The Celtic stopper made another fine save a few mins later, getting a hand to a shot from Jonathan Heaney and tipping it round the post.
The classy Away team were well on top now and despite the heroics of Lawrie in the Home goal, it didn’t take long for them to open the scoring. No 8 Desmond Reilly found space on the right of the box on 11mins and when he fired a cross come shot at goal Barry McMahon was in the perfect position to fire an unstoppable effort high into the roof of the net (0-1).
The 2nd goal followed soon afterwards, and this time it was the impressive No 10 Chris Walker who got his name on the scoresheet with a powerful low strike from the edge of the box after 14mins (0-2).
It was one way traffic now and on 17mins the Away team scored again, neat passing play allowed No 15 James Flynn to waltz into the box and when he looked like he was certain to score he was un-ceremoniously upended by Home keeper Lawrie. The defender dusted himself down and slammed the penalty into the roof of the net (0-3).
More heroics from Home keeper Jason Lawrie were required to deny the Away No 9 Heaney soon afterwards, however his strike partner David Nicholson made no mistake from the resulting corner, the No 11 bulleting home a stunning header on 18mins (0-4).
Worse was to follow on 21mins when Jonathan Heaney was released by a clever ball from fullback Paul McCormick, the striker raced into the right side of the box and fired a low left foot effort past the keeper and the Away team’s 5th goal was the cue for the #Hawaii50 music to start up (0-5)!
The Home team were certainly up against it now, as they were facing a hugely impressive set of players in Green who were definite contenders for our team of the season. Their strikers Lindsay and Gilbert were keeping the Away defence on their toes though, and the team in hoops certainly weren’t going to give up yet.
However despite all their resistance the Away team were to increase their lead on 34mins. Away No 11 Nicholson dinked a clever through ball to strike partner Jonathan Heaney, and the No 9 made no mistake from inside the box, dispatching the ball low into the net (0-6).
Minutes later the Away team were on the scoresheet again and this time it was their No 2 Paul McCormick who provided the finish, collecting the ball on the edge of the box, before dancing past a couple of defenders and firing a low shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. This time the goal cued the Magnificent Seven music (0-7)!
The Away team’s 8th goal followed on 39mins, and this time Jonathan Heaney turned provider, with a well weighted through ball for No 17 Mark Heaney. The flying winger sliding in to provide a clinical finish from inside the area (0-8).
The rampant Away team were unstoppable now and No 9 Jonathan Heaney got on the scoresheet again, expertly heading home a Chris Walker cross on 42mins for his hat-trick (0-9).
The pain continued for the Home team on 44mins when David Nicholson fired in his 2nd goal of the game. It was another well worked goal as well, the No 11 playing a neat one two with Paul McCormick before smashing the ball home from 10 yards (0-10).
Thankfully for the Home team the referee’s whistle brought to an end a difficult 45mins seconds later and the team in Hoops got the chance for a much needed breather. It had been a hugely impressive performance from the youthful Away team and at times they were unplayable!
Half Time: Celtic (Home) 0 - 10 Celtic (Away)
The team in dark green kicked off the 2nd half and they certainly weren’t resting on their laurels, immediately creating 2 quick chances for Walker and Heaney, however Home GK Jason Lawrie made a couple of smart saves to deny them and the danger was cleared.
The Home defence couldn’t hold out for long though, and the Aways increased their lead on 51mins when Paul Kennedy fired home a quickly taken indirect free-kick from inside the area (0-11).
Another goal followed for the Away team on 54mins, and it was scored by Mark Heaney this time. The No 17 sliding in at the back post to smash home a pinpoint cross from James Flynn for his 2nd goal of the game (0-12).
The Home team were desperate to get on the scoresheet themselves though and they had a couple of great chances to do so in quick succession. The 1st chance came when Shaun Gilbert played in strike partner Simon Lindsay with a clever through ball, however the No 9’s well struck effort was just too high. Then Gilbert went on a rampaging run right through the middle of the defence, however just when it looked like he was going to pull the trigger the ball rolled beyond his reach and into the path of strike partner Lindsay and his snatched effort went wide.
The Away team weren’t phased though and on 60mins their 13th goal was to be another bad omen for the Home team...Mark Heaney was the scorer again, smashing home an unstoppable effort into the top corner for his hat-trick after a cross wasn’t cleared in the box (0-13).
Their 14th goal followed just 2 mins later, and this time it was David Nicholson who completed his hat-trick. The No 11 showing great skill to beat a defender on the edge of the box before having his goal-bound effort deflected past the keeper by a luckless Home defender (0-14).
Unfortunately for the Home team the Away team were in no need to let up anytime soon, and on 68mins they racked up their 15th goal. The impressive No 2 Paul McCormick scoring his 2nd of the game from close range after good work by James Flynn and Martin Melly on the right side of the area (0-15).
With 71mins gone the score-line kept ticking over for the Away team, and the 17th goal was a special one too, Chris Walker expertly curling in a free-kick with his left foot from the edge of the box (0-16).
The Away team continued to press and when David Nicholson fired in a dangerous cross come shot to the back post the luckless Home 16 Colin Ross diverted the ball into his own net after doing his best to clear the danger (0-17).
The clock ticked on to 79mins and despite all their efforts there was to be no respite for the brave Home team and the next goal for the Away team was by their No 5 Blaine Stewart after his curling shot from outside the box evaded the dive of the shell-shocked Home GK Jason Lawrie (0-18).
On 82mins the Away No 14 Martin Melly added to the Home side’s pain, latching onto a through ball from Nicholson to dink a clever finish over the advancing Lawrie (0-19).
And with just 5mins to go the Away side notched up their 20th goal. Good work from No 9 Heaney on the right allowed him the space to square for his strike partner David Nicholson and the No 11 made no mistake from 8 yards, turning smartly before smashing home his 4th of the game (0-20).
The Home side were out on their feet, but they somehow summoned enough energy to make one last attack, however Gilbert’s free-kick was comfortably saved by Away keeper Dean Trainor, who along with his defenders had achieved a rare Football Aid clean sheet.
It was the Away team who ended the scoring on 88mins though, Away No 9 Jonathan Heaney capping off a fantastic performance by waltzing past the exhausted Home defence to slide home his 4th of the game (0-21).
The referee’s whistle brought the proceedings to a close moments later and there were certainly some thanjkglad Home
Full time: Celtic (Home) 0 - 21 Celtic (Away)
Man of the Match (Home): Derek McEwan
Man of the Match (Away): Jonathan Heaney
Moment of the Match: David Nicholson
Home Team: Jason Lawrie, Gary Bergin, Billy McShane (C), James Spratt, Gary Wilson, Gerard Strain, Baljinder Singh, Simon Lindsay, Derek McEwan, Shaun Gilbert, Damon Kirk, Darren Ross, Colin Ross, Norrie Duncan
Home Mascot: Austin Lawrie
Away Team: Dean Trainor, Paul McCormick, David O’hear (C), Blaine Stewart, Paul Kennedy, Barry McMahon, Desmond Reilly, Jonathan Heaney, Chris Walker, David Nicholson, Martin Melly, James Flynn, Gerry Stuart, Mark Heaney
Away Mascot: Taylor O'hear