After chasing shadows for much of the first half, Celtic got back into the game in the second half, only for a breakaway goal to seal it for the visitors.
Celtic started the brighter of the two teams, with an excellent move in the first ten minutes that saw Wylie’s cross find Jimmy Ball coming in at the back post, his powerful header was very well saved by Jas Singh in the Gloucester nets, and though Adam Farrell got the rebound into the back of the net, he was flagged off side. After this, Gloucester got back into the game, and edged Celtic out of it.
A Celtic corner quickly turned into the opening goal, but at the other end of the pitch, Gloucester moved the ball quickly from one end to the other, and though plenty of bodies had got back, and Aaron Chalmers had done enough to slow down Tom Webb, Webb still managed to get a cross in that pinged around the box, before coming to Calvin Dinsley. Dinsley’s poke through the crowd was beyond the reach of Tony McMillan, and opened the scoring.
It could have been two moments later, with Joe Parker getting a free header from a corner at the back post, but putting it the wrong side of the post. Parker was denied again just after the half hour mark, when Dinsley’s breaking run and low cross into the box was met by Parker and Nick Ryan, the Celtic defender getting the telling touch that put the ball under his own keeper.
Celtic needed to get back into the game quickly in the second half, and they did. Jimmy Ball’s powerful twenty-yard effort struck Steve Tames and looped up over Jas Singh and into the back of the net.
Celtic looked to be in control, especially after some astute substitutions, but though they looked more threatening, Andy Owen’s header wide from a free kick was the closest they came to equalising. They were made to pay for this when the Tigers broke on the counter-attack. When Nick Ryan missed his clearing header, Luke Hopper was able to race clear. Aaron Chalmers went to Hopper, but Hopper squared the ball to Zack Kotwica arriving at the back post for a tap-in, though he smashed it into the back of the net.
Lewis Hall could have added to the misery with a free kick from a long way out that had McMillan stretching to tip the ball over the bar, and Celtic were running out of time. Kurt Sherlock got nowhere near enough power, almost rolling the ball to Singh, whilst Ryan headed a corner over the bar under pressure. As the game headed for stoppage time, Danny Wisdom cut inside to latch onto a Paul Foy ball and unleashed a beautiful curling shot that had Singh at full stretch to deny.
All in all, Celtic’s bad start to the campaign continues, and whilst Gloucester have ended their run of never winning at Bower Fold, Celtic have still yet to win there this season.
|9||Hopper, Luke||> 90|
|10||Parker, Joe||> 59|
|11||Williams, Ed||> 84|
|14||Kotwica, Zack||< 59|
|15||Reid, Craig||< 90|
|16||Hanks, Joe||< 84|