The 2018 games at Celtic Park were played the day after their Hoops heroes had collected the SPFL Premiership trophy and our players certainly added to the festival atmosphere, by providing their watching fans with a feast of entertainment from the 1st minute to the last. The impressive Away team came out on top 3-2, however Joe Miller’s Home team pushed them all the way and came desperately close to grabbing an equaliser in the final moments of the game!
Date: Monday 14th May 2018
Venue: Celtic Park
Celtic (Home) vs Celtic (Away)
Kick Off: 10:30 am
Legends & Managers: Danny McGrain and Joe Miller
Match Officials: Alan Burnett, Andrew Swan, Brian Burke & Jemma Creamer
After receiving their tactical instructions from former Celtic hero Joe Miller the players walked out onto hallowed turf ready to Live the Dream at Paradise. The sun was shining and the pitch was looking immaculate, so the conditions were perfect for a great game of football!
The game started off very evenly, with both teams taking advantage of the conditions and playing the ball on the deck. The Home team had the 1st real effort on goal after 8mins, but Michael Clarke’s long range effort was well saved by Away keeper Joe McGarrigle.
However with 10mins on the clock it was the Away side, wearing the Dark Green hooped kit, who took the lead. Patrick McGarvey won the ball at the back and strode into the midfield area, he held onto the ball until he could see a clear pass forward and when David Harrison found space between the backline McGarvey released him with a clever angled pass, Harrison ran clear of the defence and rounded the keeper before side footing the ball into the empty net (0-1)
The Away side weren’t in front for long though and the Home team came roaring back to even the score straight from the kick-off! Captain David Quinn found space on the right wing and played a pin-point cross into the box and Kevin Donaghy timed his run perfectly to arrive at the back post to volley the ball home (1-1).
The powerful Home striker Paul Henderson was proving to be a handful for the Away defence and he went close to firing his team in front twice in quick succession. His 1st effort from a cross ball crashed back off the crossbar and he then ran clear of the defence to force an excellent save from keeper Joe McGarrigle.
The Home keeper Peter Docherty had been able to enjoy the contest in relative calm so far, however he was called into action when a dangerous ball was played into the box and the stopper did very well to dive to his right and palm the ball away to safety.
With 28mins on the clock the Away team forced a corner and when the curling delivery was played into the box Docherty couldn’t quite collect it 1st time and Chris Rogerson was in the perfect place to sweep the rebound home from 2 yards out (1-2).
The Home team responded well though and when No 10 Chris McGraw collected the ball on the edge of the box and fired a strike on goal it looked destined for the far corner, however Away keeper Joe McGarrigle did brilliantly to dive to his right and tip the ball past the post.
At the other end David Harrison tested keeper Peter Docherty with a low left foot shot, however Docherty got down very well to tip the ball round the post. From the resulting corner Centre Half Gary Thomas almost scored at the back post, however his volley was just too high and grazed the top of the cross bar. Docherty was called into action soon afterwards when left winger Liam Donaghy raced clear of the defence and fired an effort on goal, however the keeper did very well again to save with his feet.
The Away team were pushing hard to increase their lead now and Docherty did brilliantly to punch away a fierce left foot effort from danger man Liam Donaghy.
That was to be the last action of the half and the referee’s whistle signalled the end of a thoroughly entertaining opening period. The Celtic players had provided their fans in the stands with plenty of action to cheer and the spectators were hoping for more of the same in the 2nd half.
Half-Time: Celtic (Home) 1 - 2 Celtic (Away)
The Away team kicked the half off keen to add to their slender advantage and within a couple of minutes they went further ahead! A corner was lofted into the box from the left and when it rebounded to Jamie Doherty the No 7 made no mistake, slamming the ball home from 6 yards out (1-3).
The goal was a massive blow to the Home team’s chances and in the period afterwards the Away team continued to impose their neat passing style on the game and just such a move they managed to create a chance for their No 9 James Maguire. Collecting the ball wide on the left the striker did well to step inside his defender and loft an effort on goal, however his strike was just too high.
At the other end Mark Henderson did brilliantly to jink past his marker and fire a left foot shot towards the back post, however Away keeper Joe McGarrigle did equally well again to dive to his left and palm the ball away. His brother Paul Henderson then tried his luck from distance, however his fiercely struck effort flashed just past the upright.
The Home team were throwing everything at their opposition now and Mark Henderson was desperately unlucky not to score with a left foot shot from the edge of the area, his low effort ending up just the wrong side of the post.
However with 83mins on the clock the Hoops eventually got a fitting reward for all their 2nd half efforts. Chris McGraw received a pass on the right side of the box, instantly controlled the ball with his left foot, and then lashed it into the net with his right. What a brilliant goal from the No 10! (2-3).
The Home team pushed for that all important equalising goal and with the clock ticking down to 90mins they had three good chances to square the game! No 14 Kevin McCafferty came desperately close when his follow up shot cannoned back off the post, then Captain David Quinn couldn’t keep his volley down after controlling the ball well and finally Anthony Michael Paterson did brilliantly to step inside his marker and fire a left foot effort goalwards, however Joe McGarrigle saved the day with an acrobatic save to paw the ball away from his top left corner!
That was to be the final action and the game ended with the Away team just hanging on for a narrow 2-3 win. It had been a fantastic contest though and the Home team could count themselves a little unlucky to come out on the losing side. The crowd had cheered them on every step of the way and both sets of Celtic players received a rousing reception when they left the hallowed turf.
Huge thanks again to Celtic FC, the Celtic FC Foundation and all our players for their fantastic support.
Full-Time: Celtic (Home) 2 - 3 Celtic (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Peter Docherty
Man of the Match Away: Gary Thomas
Moment of the Match: Joe McGarrigle
Home Team: Peter Docherty, Ross Andrews, Joe Miller, Kevin Maree, Michael Clarke, Kevin Donaghy, David Quinn (C), Paul Donnelly, Mark Henderson, Chris McGraw, Paul Henderson, Kevin McCafferty, Anthony Michael Paterson, Colin Blyth
Home Manager: Danny McGrain
Home Mascot: Aidan Henderson
Away Team: Joe McGarrigle, Kevin Cunningham, Gary Thomas (C), Joseph Tartaglia, Patrick McGarvey, Liam Donaghy, James Maguire, Chris Rogerson,
David Harrison, Christopher Mcgarvey, Giulio Cocozza, Peter Marshall, Chris Walker
Away Manager: Danny McGrain
Away Mascot: Tyler Harrison
Match Report written by Simon Farnan
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
" What an absolutely unbelievable day! From start to finish. I can't thank you enough for your help from day one regarding the shirt, the spectator tickets and keeping me up to date with the progress of the date. Also a huge thank you to David Dale and Craig Paterson on the day, it was great to hear the foundations of Football Aid and a little about where the money goes. Also a big thank you to Joe Miller and Danny McGrain for their guidance and their stories and to Shaun Maloney for the presentation at the end.
Ross Andrews – G1 Home Team No.2
“I would just like to thank Football Aid for another great experience at Celtic Park this year. Also a particular thanks to you (Simon Farnan). I don’t know how you manage it, but for any queries we’ve ever emailed over (not only for this year, but previous years also) you always provide very quick and helpful responses at a time of year when you will undoubtedly be inundated with work and messages to reply to. I’ve spoken to my friends/family and other people that we have met through Football Aid and I can tell you that this is a common opinion throughout and I’m sure you receive a lot of positive feedback regularly. Thanks again.”
Paul Henderson – G1 Home Team No.11
“Fantastic day playing for the Away Celts in this morning’s @FootballAid match. An absolutely amazing experience irrespective of fitness level as I can testify. Thanks to all the great people making sure things went smoothly! #sorelegs”
Kevin Cunningham – G1 Away Team No.2
“@FootballAid @CelticFC Fantastic day getting to live my dream! Managed to grab a goal as well 😆🍀Hail Hail!”
Chris McGraw – G1 Home Team No.10