MATCH REPORT Runcorn Town 2-2 Stalybridge Celtic
Monday 24th July 2017 11:24 Football Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

In glorious sunshine, the match was more about fitness than anything else, but Celtic pulled back a two goal deficit to ensure that there was some semblance of the balance of play in the result. 

Runcorn Town opened the scoring with their first attack five minutes into the game, a scampering run by Rob Duran to the touchline, and a pull back to the unmarked Joe Holt standing at the edge of the box who lashed his shot into the top corner, Lewis King rooted to the spot. Twenty minutes later and it was an identical goal with different players that undid the Celtic defence, Josh McGuire the player getting to the touchline and Kevin Exell the unmarked recipient of the pull back.

Something to work on in training. Celtic pulled both goals back from set-pieces, the first on the half hour a free kick from Charlie Ennis to the near post, meant for Aaron Burns but intercepted by the diving head of McGuire turning the cross neatly past his own keeper.
Burns then saw once chance to equalise clear the bar before he knocked the ball past Andy Met in the Runcorn goal, only to be brought down conceding the penalty. Ennis took the penalty, confidently sending Met the wrong way and equalising before half time.
The second half was very much a training exercise with little in the way of action for either keeper, but with ten minutes to go, Gary Gee’s well struck effort from the edge of the box was scrambled clear off the line by last ditch defending.
Celtic from: Lewis King, Liam Gibson, Lee Neville, Adam Jones, Luke Ashworth, Andy LAngford, Lassana Mendes, Liam Tonge, Aaron Burns, Paul Ennis, Greg Wilkinson, Nick Barard, Jack Slater, Matt Wintill, Gary Gee, Danny Morton, Danny Pilkington, John Cofie.
By Debbie Taylor