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 and Game 2 saw the impressive Away team come out on top 3-11.
Date: Monday 14th May 2018
Venue: Celtic Park
Celtic (Home) vs Celtic (Away)
Kick Off: 14:30 am
Legends & Managers: Danny McGrain and Joe Miller
Match Officials: Alan Burnett, Andrew Swan, Brian Burke & Jemma Creamer
There was afternoon action at Celtic Park in the 2nd game of the day as Danny McGrain aimed to guide his Home team past that of Joe Miller and his Away team. However, the Away team playing in the all green kit opened the scoring early on as centre forward Courtney Mccormick expertly found the top corner with a curling effort that rattled in off the woodwork.
Christopher Lynch then added a 2nd for the Away team after placing the ball past the Home team keeper after a one on one chance.
The Away team looked to earn a convincing early advantage and a golden chance then fell to CH, Aidan Spalding who found himself in the attacking box, but he was unable to connect with a delightful pass. However it was soon 3 for the Away side as Barry Linden connected with a well delivered corner to make it 3-0.
With the side in Green Hoops in the ascendency, a brilliant piece of skill from Patrick Connaghan on the right fed Mccormick who could only watch his effort cannon off the crossbar.
It was again the dangerous Mccormick who looked to trouble the Home defence and the centre forward had his name on the scoresheet again soon afterwards, finishing off a solo run by guiding the ball into the bottom corner. The Away team including Celtic legend Joe Miller found themselves 4-0 up.
The Home team playing in the famous Green and White Hoops continued to look for a way back into the game, however their efforts were to no avail and 38mins in the lead was extended to 5-0 as Patrick Connaghan had his name proudly read over the Celtic Park sound system. Disregarding the scoreline, home goalkeeper Stephen McGuire was in fine form saving an initial effort from Lynch before Connaghan was on hand to bundle in the rebound.
Connaghan went looking for another but a long range effort was not to trouble the home GK. However minutes later he was on the scoresheet again, played in expertly by Christopher Lynch, the centre forward calmly chipped the keeper to make it six for the Away team.
An unselfish Mccormick was then to turn assister as he finished a lovely one-two with right back Ryan Spalding who passed the ball into an empty net to put the Away team in seven heaven.
Mccormick, still looking for a hattrick was played in by Callaghan but the striker’s effort rattled off the near post and out for a goal kick.
It looked like that was it for the first half, but the Away team weren't finished and made it eight when Mccormick was again on hand for an assist, squaring the ball across to strike partner Patrick Connaghan to fire high into the roof of the net for a deserved hattrick.
A string of fantastic saves from home goalkeeper Mcguire denied the Away team any more before the referee blew for half time.
Half-Time: Celtic (Home) 0 - 8 Celtic (Away)
After the goal-fest of the opening period a slow start to the 2nd half was unexpected, and chances that fell for both teams leaving the goalkeepers untroubled however.
It took until the 56th minute before the Home team found a breakthrough, as an edge of complacency seemed to creep into the Away side. A great goal for the Home team coupled with a fantastic celebration. A through ball cut open the Away team’s defence before a superb low finish by Conor Devlin.
The Home team were back in the game and before long had a 2nd goal, a brilliant defence splitting ball set Paul Clark through and in true Alan Shearer (including the trademark celebration!) style he rounded the keeper and slid the ball into the net. With injuries and cramp creeping into the game after the hour mark, both sides looked likely to score and the end of the goals certainly wasn’t coming soon.
A clumsy challenge by the Away side’s Oliver Kerr resulted in a spot kick for the home side. Paul Clark stepped up confidently to dispatch the penalty to reduce the deficit to 3-8 in favour of the Away team.
With the game heading towards the final 15 mins, fresh legs seemed to be an impetus with the Away side’s half time substitute James Brennan finding space down the right. It was another of Danny Mcgrain’s substitutes who was to find the net however as centre half Kevin Mclaughlin beat Brennan to the ball to hammer home from close range after a pinpoint delivery.
It was the team in all Green who looked the strongest with multiple chances going wide. However they extended their lead when a direct pass from the defence set Derek Spalding through on goal and he exquisitely chipped the oncoming keeper to make it 3-10 for his side and surely his goal was to be the icing on the cake.
However James Brennan was not to be outdone and he had his say, adding the cherry on top of the cake with three substitutes combining for the final goal of the game. A cross from Mclaughlin was well controlled by Alan O’Donnell, who set the ball into Brennan who hammered home for the Away team’s eleventh goal.
The ref's whistle blew soon afterwards, confirming an impressive win for the Away side by 3-11. However the Home team's much improved 2nd half showing saw them get themselves on the scoresheet 3 x times and both sets of players could hold their heads high as they walked off the hallowed turf.
A huge thanks to Celtic FC, Legends Danny Mcgrain and Joe Miller and all our players for their brilliant efforts on the day. A special mention also to the always excellent Celtic Park crowd that enthusiastically cheered the both sides on throughout the whole of the 90mins!
Full-Time: Celtic (Home) 3 - 11 Celtic (Away)
Home Team: Stephen McGuire, Scott Mckinlay, Ryan McDonald, Chris Miller, Matthew Campbell, Michael McCready (C), Thomas Young, Paul Clark, Andrew Campbell, Paul Campbell, Iain McNicol, Brian Lafferty, Alan Fulton, Connor Devlin
Home Manager: Danny McGrain
Home Mascot: Orlaith Devlin
Away Team: Stuart Martin, Ryan Spalding, Joe Miller, Oliver Kerr, Aidan Spalding, Derek Spalding, Christopher Lynch, Courtney McCormick, Barry Linden, Patrick Connaghan, James Brennan, Kevin McLaughlin, Dylan Gaffney (C), Alan O'Donnell
Away Mascot: Keshia Kerr
Match Report written by Ben Waite
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“Just a quick note of thanks for yesterday. Getting the sun to shine was way above the call of duty, well done. Managed to play the first 45, and even got last 10 and scored again…great day. Made even more special with 2 of my sons playing at the same time. Our manager Joe Miller was a credit, and he even came up to my lad at the end of the game and told him he was a good player, which has filled him with great pride and confidence. Glad I put the boots on one more time, but that’s the last…well maybe!!! Great bunch of guys, played in the best of spirit and camaraderie, just like the Celtic family. Hope you continue to have the success you guys fully deserve.”
Derek Spalding – G2 Away Team No.6
“It was a magical experience, put me down for next year!”
Barry Linden – G2 Away Team No.10
“I had a great day, organisation from everyone involved from Football Aid and Celtic FC, it was absolutely first class and I will 100% do it again next year. Thanks again for a great day.”
Kevin McLaughlin – G2 Away Team No.15