It was a bright and welcoming afternoon at Celtic Park on Sunday 14th May and the famous stadium was to be the setting for an 8 goal thriller, which saw some truly superb goals being scored from both sides. In the end the Home side won by the narrow margin of 5-3, but both teams could be rightly proud of their excellent efforts.
Date: Sunday 14th May 2017
Venue: Celtic Park
Celtic (Home) vs Celtic (Away)
Kick Off: 14:30 am
Legends & Managers: Joe Miller
Match Officials: Duncan Williamson, Ross Hardie, Tony Ventre & Euan Birch
The Away side had the first clear cut opportunity of the game, after a whipped in cross from Cameron Simpson was met by an unmarked Paul Clark, however the striker’s header floated over the bar.
And it was the Away side who capitalised on their 2nd opportunity to open the scoring with 10 mins gone. Paul McConnachie was dispossessed inside his own box by Cameron Simpson, and the No 8 skilfully placed his shot around the keeper with the outside of his boot (0-1).
The Home team quickly found their equalizing goal however, with 12 mins on the clock a pinpoint through ball by Aidan Peden found Donald Peden, the No 9’s shot was well saved by Neil Palmer, however the rebound was turned into an empty net on the 2nd attempt by Patrick McGarvey (1-1).
Another good chance arrived for the Away side, when Cameron Simpson’s cross found Stephen Dolan in the box, however the No 7 saw his goal-bound header well caught by keeper Gerry McGill
A fantastic solo run from his own half from Scott McQueen - set clear by a quick intercepted pass from Paul McConnachie - saw the powerful No 10 slot the ball past the oncoming keeper, giving his Home side the lead after 15 mins (2-1).
The Home side nearly found their 3rd goal minutes later when Scott McQueen’s lifted pass cut through the Away side’s defence to find Donald Peden, but the No 9 saw his finessed effort hit the post and rebound back out to safety.
Just as quickly, the Away side were denied a goal by a smart save from Gerry McGill, after a good strike from Stephen Dolan.
The play was raging from end to end and an expertly judged chipped through ball from legend Joe Miller found its way to Patrick McGarvey in space, the striker steered a 1st time shot around the keeper and into the net, giving McGarvey his 2nd goal of the game after only 27 mins (3-1).
The Home side were full of confidence now and they increased their lead further on 40 mins after Joe Miller’s spectacular long range effort crashed off the underside of the bar and over the line (4-1)!
The Away side did manage to reduce the deficit a minute before half-time though, when some defensive confusion allowed No 17 Chris Purdon the chance to fire a fantastic left foot shot across the keeper and into the net from outside the area (4-2).
Half-time came at a good time for the Away side after they had grabbed a goal shortly beforehand. It had been a 6-goal thriller of a 1st half and after scoring some quality goals the Home side were looking to continue where they left off in the 2nd half, with some colourful words from Paul Walker in the locker room added to fire up his team!
Half Time: Celtic (Home) 4 - 2 Celtic (Away)
After choice words from captains and players of both teams, detailing team tactics, the 2nd half was underway, with all to play for.
The Home side were looking to impress again early on and they nearly got a quick 3rd goal after a good cross from Scott McQueen fell to Patrick McGarvey, the No 11 took the ball on the volley and narrowly missed netting his hat-trick.
The Hoops didn’t have long to wait though for their 5th goal and it came about after another pinpoint assist over the top of the defence from Joe Miller found Scott McQueen. The No 10 went on a great run before audaciously lobbing the keeper and giving his team a 3 goal cushion after 50 mins (5-2).
Yet again the Away side replied with a quick goal of their own, Gary Wilson’s excellent cross was met by Matthew McGlinchey at the back post, and the No 10’s towering header flew past the keeper with 53 mins on the clock (5-3).
The Away team tried desperately to get back into the game, but the Home team exhibited some great defending to keep the mounting pressure at bay, with players sticking to their positions and tackling well.
The Away side nearly got a much needed goal when Chris Purdon found himself in space, but the No 17 could only chip the ball into the welcoming hands of Gerry McGill.
Then a good run from the ever dangerous Chris Walker almost produced a good chance for the Away side, however a crucial block from defender Craig Reid denied the ball before it got to goal.
The Away side were throwing everything at the Home defence and a cheeky cross-cum-shot from Chris Walker nearly caught the keeper unawares, but the crossbar denied what would have been a much needed and well taken goal for the Away team.
Out of nowhere it was nearly 6 for the Home team, a smart one handed save from keeper Neil Palmer denying Aidan Peden a goal.
Another chance squandered by the Away side, after Paul Clark found a pocket of space in the box but the striker’s effort went wide of the target.
Yet again, the 6th goal for the Home side would not come, Scott McQueen’s thunderous left footed effort bulleted off the bar and the rebound was missed.
The referee blew the full time whistle with both teams battling well, with the Home side just edging the win with a succession of goals in the 1st half and some resilient and impressive defending in the 2nd half. However the Away team never gave up fighting, and certainly did themselves proud. A thrilling game packed with some spectacular goals with the final score ending 5-3 to the Home team.
Huge thanks again to all our players, club Legend Joe Miller and especially to Celtic FC and the Celtic FC Foundation, who were hosting their 17th straight year of Football Aid games.
Full Time: Celtic (Home) 5 - 3 Celtic (Away)
Man of the Match Home: No.10 Scott McQueen
Man of the Match Away: No.10 Chris Walker
Moment of the Match: No.8 John Peden
Home Team: Gerry McGill, Sean McConnachie, Joe Miller, Steven Peden, Paul McConnachie, Aidan Peden, Michael McCready, John Peden (C), Donald Peden,
Scott McQueen, Patrick McGarvey, Sean McGarvey, Craig Reid, Declan Smith, Paul Coxon
Home Mascot: Ewan Peden, Meghan Smith
Away Team: Neil Palmer, Paul Walker, David Walker (C), Ben Walker, Paul Fox, Stephen Dolan, Cameron Simpson, Ryan McDonald, Chris Walker, Paul Clark,
Matthew McGlinchey, Sean Brennan, Gary Wilson, Chris Purdon
Away Mascot: Michael Walker, Lucas Clark
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
"Thanks for a great day yesterday. What dreams are made of!"
Paul Coxon - G2 Home Team No.17
"Firstly, can I just congratulate Football Aid again for hosting another memorable day – it really is just a great occasion and even though this was my 5th or 6th year, I could never tire of it – coupled with Michael being a mascot this year, it was a brilliant experience. I cannot describe how wonderful a day it is and I very much look forward to supporting Football Aid and the fantastic work that you do in the years ahead. Long may it continue."
Paul Walker - G2 Away Team No.2
"I would like to take the opportunity to once again express my thanks to the Football Aid team for allowing me to "live the dream once more". An absolute must for all football fans around the world regardless of age or ability!!"
Neil Palmer - G2 Away Team No.1
"The day itself was truly special and always memorable especially as I got to play football with my son at Paradise – a moment I shall never forget. Your charity is one I love to support and you guys are all doing a fantastic job – keep up the good work!! Hail Hail !!!!"
David Walker - G2 Away Team Captain & No.4
"Had a fantastic day playing on the hallow turf that is Paradise on Sunday the 14th of May 2017. It was a great experience one I will remember for the rest of my life. Thanks to all the Football Aid team for making the experience as authentic as it possibly could be. Hope to do it again in the near future. Keep up the good work for a good cause."
Christopher Purdon - G2 Away Team No.17
Match report written by Joshua Brimble.