Match Report -
Celtic win PSF at Abbey Hey
By Deborah Taylor
The game lacked any real depth to it, with both teams struggling to find any kind of rhythm. Because of this, chanced were few and far between. Craig Hobson and Neil Kengni linked up well, whilst Nathan Valentine was an orchestral conductor. Valentine had a quarter chance, but couldn't get any power and Neil Kengni's acute angled lob was well palmed away by the Abbey Hey keeper.

The only goal of the game came from a set piece. Valentine's powerful curler reached by Kyle Haslam, but the Abbey Hey keeper still could not prevent the goal.

Any thoughts that Celtic would settle down were dispelled when they failed to clear their lines during a melee in their box after a corner, requiring a very smart stop from Celtic's trial keeper. In a frustrating game to watch, the only other chance of the half came to Hobson at the death, turning well and firing low, but Haslam was down well to smother at the second attempt.

The second half was, if possible, even more disjointed. Hopefully, Simon Howarth took something from it. The only real chance fell to Abbey Hey when Samoko got his head on a corner, heading it back over the Celtic keeper, the ball glancing off the bar and hacked clear. Apart from that, Celtic never really looked overly threatened, but nor did they look overly threatening.

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