MATCH REPORT Salford City 1-0 Stalybridge Celtic
Monday 20th February 2017 @ 13:21 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Steve Burr’s first league game back in charge saw a narrow defeat but his side gave promotion chasing Salford City a big fright.

Celtic dominated for large spells of the opening forty five minutes and should have been a couple of goals to the good come the break.

As it was ultimately Celtic’s lack of cutting edge that cost them but this was a performance that offers a glimmer of hope to all connected with Celtic. Rio Ahmadi was causing the Salford centre halfs all manner of problems and got in behind them on numerous occasions. It was fellow attacker Danny Wilkins that had the best chances however. One a long range effort that was tipped over by Lynch. The second was after good work by Ahmadi who fed the nippy forward but his effort was again parried away by Lynch. Salford’s only main threat came from long throws into the box which Celtic handled fairly well.

Just before the break Pilkington, recalled to the side after several months out on loan had a superb chance to score. A ball by Wilkins completely ripped open the home defence and Pilkington cleverly cut back onto his left foot to bamboozle his marker. The winger then clipped a left footed effort to the far post only to see it rise over the bar. A chance he will fell annoyed at not doing better with.

Salford picked their game up in the second half and just before the hour mark Salford got the only goal of the game. It was another one of the home sides long throws, this time Celtic didn’t deal with it well at all. After a couple of ricochets Mike Phenix was on hand to poke the ball over the line.

Celtic introduced debutant Keano Deacon and he proved a handful with his pace and direct play but he and his fellow Celtic forwards couldn’t quite find a way past a now water tight Salford back line. A harsh result on Celtic who more than deserved something from the game but a performance that will non the less leave the Celtic faithful hopeful that results are just around the corner.


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