Celtic pick up first win of season
Wednesday 22nd August 2018 @ 13:03 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Stalybridge Celtic 3-2 Marine

Celtic remain unbeaten, and picked up their first win of the new campaign with this confident display against Marine on Tuesday night. Despite the scoreline looking close, the game should have been out of sight by half time, and Celtic made it a bit harder than it should have been. Celtic started like a train and on 5 minutes Scott Bakkor teed up Tom Brown to fire a hammering effort into the corner for 1-0. Five minutes later and Celtic doubled their advantage. Liam Tongue found acres of space on the right flank and he smashed in a 30 yard cross. The ball caught Fearon in the marine goal off guard and it sailed into the top corner. Celtic were in complete control. Scott Bakkor was then upended by the goalkeeper in the box, but neither the referee or linesman spotted the blatant foul. Celtic continued to press and neat footwork by Greg Wilkinson saw him create an opening for a shot which crashed back off the post.

Only seconds later and Celtic let Marine back into the game. A short back pass by Brady was intercepted by Hine who calmly curled the ball past Turner. Marines tails picked up and the second half was a much more even contest. Chances came at either end. Turner denying Murray, whilst Tongue tested Fearon in the Marine goal. Harries was brought on for Celtic as they looked to wrestle control of the game back, and that they did. On 77 minutes Bakkor fed Brown on the edge of the box and the midfielder bagged his second of the night with an excellently placed shot. With Celtic controlling the game Marine had an other life line out of nowhere as Brady was adjudged to have fouled Hine as he entered the box. Mitchley stepped up and made it 3-2 to set up a tense finish. The visitors chucked everything they had at Celtic but Simon Haworth’s men stood firm. In fact Celtic should have added a fourth but Harries didn’t quite catch his shot fully. 4 points from the opening 2 games is a decent start to this new era at Bower Fold.

By Shaun Bishop

Picture: Martyn Everett