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Celtic claim first away victory of the season
Monday 12th March 2018 @ 12:09 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Workington 3-4 Stalybridge Celtic

It took 71 weeks but Stalybridge Celtic finally have a Saturday afternoon away day win. In trying conditions, Celtic prevailed from this action packed game with an invaluable three points.

Celtic took the lead after six minutes. Oli Roberts laying the ball off to Dickinson who slotted into the roof of the net with his left foot. The home side got straight back into the game. A cleared corner made it to Tinion on the left wing who fired in a rasping shot from distance. Walton saved well but the loose ball fell to Smith who tucked the ball home.

Celtic hit Workington on the counter on twenty eight minutes. A good run from Honeyball left him unmarked on the left flank. He slid the ball into the six yard box where Connor Hughes rolled in from close range.

After the break Honeyball got forward again and his cross this time found an unmarked Wilkinson who calmly side footed the ball home to give Celtic a cushion. Moments later Hughes was shoved over in the box for what seemed a nailed on foul, but the referee waved play on. In a cruel twist of fate Hughes was then penalised for a foul on Tinion in Celtic’s box. The same player dusted himself off and slotted home the penalty to make it 3-2.

With the pressure mounting on Celtic, Connor Hughes stepped up and delivered a superb goal to all but seal the points. Cutting in from the right the winger curled in a splendid effort into the top corner leaving Taylor no chance in the home sides goal.

Workington threw everything they had to Celtic, and they did get a goal back on eighty minutes. From a short corner Sam Joel carried the ball into the box and let fly with a rasping left footed strike that the impressive Walton couldn’t stop. It was game on. Celtic rolled their sleeves up and defended like a team desperate to pick up three points. Last ditch tackles, point blank saves, throwing their bodies in where it hurt. With seconds left Workington flooded everyone into the box, keeper included. As the loose ball dropped to the edge of the box a quite brilliant block from Killock saw the ball to safety and the referee blew his whistle as Celtic celebrated a massive three points.

By Shaun Bishop