Whether New Manager Syndrome, the impetus of Phillips and Halford, the return of Aidan Chippendale, the hard work of the entire team or all of the above, Celtic’s first home win of the season was a welcome relief, though Celtic had to wait until the 94th minute to watch Andy Owens’s nerves of steel on the spot.
It started well for Celtic, they were fast, had tempo and looked hungry. Chippendale announced his return with a first time strike from the corner of the box that had Jonathon Hedge stretching to tip it round the post, and it was somewhat against the run of play that saw Gainsborough take the lead.
James Reid’s low cross across the face was parried by Tony McMillan as it took a deflection towards the back post, the ball fell nicely for Trinity loan player, Darnell Bailey-King, who needed no second chance, lifting the ball over McMillan to open the scoring.
Chippendale got on the end of a half cleared ball coming out of the box that was set up nicely for him by Aaron Chalmers and the sheer power and ferocity of the shot would have taken Hedge’s hand off if he’d have had to try and keep it out, as it was, it zipped over the bar. Hedge was required moments later when Andy Owens twisted in the box to divert a header down, but the Trinity keeper reacted superbly to get down and palm the ball away. Hedge was beaten when Graham Kelly lifted a ball back into the box over the Trinity keeper only to see it crash off the crossbar; it wouldn’t fall for a Celtic player and Trinity got it thankfully clear.
The goal when it came was always going to be scored by Chippendale. He was set up again nicely after a sweeping move that went from the back, Chalmers laying off for Chippendale to bend his shot up and over Hedge and into the top corner.
Chippendale tried to add to it as the half came to an end, but the shot, though accurate rolled towards Hedge who scooped it up.
The second half started with a sending off for a horror tackle by Jake Scott on Danny Pilkington, high and dangerous. After some discussion with his assistant, the referee showed Scott red. After the restart it was again Chippendale having a go as soon as he saw sight of goal, it was straight down the keeper’s throat, as was his next effort moments later.
New signing Danny Wilkins was being a handful to the Trinity defence all night, when Matt Wilson clumsily brought him down just inside the box, the referee pointed straight to the spot, no hesitation. Andy Owens stepped up and powered the spot kick just beyond Hedge’s fingertips to give Celtic the lead.
A goal and a player up, Celtic looked on top, but Trinity had other ideas, and came at Celtic mainly through Bailey-King, his neat trick and persistence got him into position, and he found the completely unmarked James Reid at the corner of the Celtic box. Reid pulled the trigger and Trinity were level.
Bailey-King almost gave the visitors the lead, with McMillan at his athletic best to deny his strike. Ashley Worsfold fired over when the half-cleared corner was put back into the box, and Bailey-King was again denied by McMillan, pushing the ball around the post.
Steve Tames and Danny Wilkins both went close as the game neared its conclusion. A long throw caused massive confusion in the Trinity box and as Wilkins tried to stretch for the ball, he was nudged over by Adam Quinn; it was seen and Celtic had the second penalty of the match.
Hedge again guessed right for Owens’s 94th minute penalty, but again, the pace was too much for him to reach it, and with seconds left on the clock, Celtic were in front, and with some help from an offside flag, Celtic reached the final whistle winners.
|9||Worsfold, Ashley||> 78|
|10||Hazel, Jacob||> 53|
|11||Reid, James||> 78|
|12||Lacey, Josh||< 53|
|15||Morrison, Curtis||< 78|
|17||Davis, Liam||< 78|