Match Report Stalybridge Celtic 1-3 Chorley
Monday 18th September 2017 @ 11:02 by Mark Phillip

FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

Stalybridge Celtic 1-3 Chorley
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Celtic’s dream of an FA Cup run this year is over and they only have themselves to blame. Three calamitous errors gifted Chorley the tie. Celtic started the better of the sides and had a good go at their Conference North opponents. Dickinson firing over and Brown firing narrowly wide as Celtic put the pressure on. But then Celtic shot themselves in the foot on twenty three minutes. After no one took charge and put the ball in row z the ball found its way to Slinn in the Celtic goal. A simple clearance up field was all that was needed but strangely the loanee keeper decided to try and pass the ball out. Marcus Carver must have thought it was Christmas as the ball rolled to his feet and he tapped home.

Liam Dickinson gave Celtic hope after converting a late penalty


A complete game changer. Chorley heads picked up and Celtic were no where near as effective from this point on. Six minutes into the second half and it was gift number two for Chorley. A simple lofted ball into the box wasn’t dealt with by either defence or goalkeeper and the slightest of touches from Wilson saw the ball sink into the far corner. Chorley weren’t out of second gear but were cruising into the next round. Chorley did what Chorley do from then on in. Closed the game out and frustrated any attempt at a Celtic comeback. That was until with two minutes to go Chippendale was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. Dickinson confidently stepped up and bagged yet another goal in his impressive return to Bower Fold. Out of nothing Celtic sensed a possible replay. They piled forward and Chippendale came close twice with efforts from distance. Then came gift number three. Honeyball had a simple back pass to his keeper, but inexplicably got it completely wrong. Carver collected the loose ball and rolled it to Walker for a simple tap in. A game against higher league opposition is hard enough as it is without gifting them three goals. An unwanted trait that has crept into Celtic’s game of late. They really need to cut this out if they are to stand a chance of turning their season around.

By Shaun Bishop

Pictures: Deacon Everett