It was a game of few clear cut chances. Telford looked to build on the best defence in the league, and strike from corners. They got an early chance, when Dudgeon conceded a corner, but Gamble saved well from Forsdick?s header.
New signing Woolliscroft was involved early on, striking hard from distance, but it was straight at Young in the Telford nets. After Burbeary won a corner, Young didn?t come to claim, but Hall?s header was over the bar. After Ellington then won a corner from nothing out of Khela, Young came to claim in a crowd.
Moore was presented a glorious chance when Cairns deep cross allowed the Telford striker to get behind Woolliscroft, but Gamble did exceptionally well with a full stretch save. Some great build up play by Celtic allowed Winn to get into a shooting position, and he forced Young into an athletic tip over his bar. From the corner, Winn snuck in at the back of the box, but his header was well over the bar. Just before half time, a whipped in cross from Adams forced Gamble into action yet again, tipping the cross away.
At the start of the second half, Reynolds got a yard of space to fire in a low shot, but Gamble was on hand to tip the ball around for a corner. Telford?s dangerous fullbacks combined as Adams curled a cross through the box where Vaughan came in around the back of Haran to head wide of the goal. Celtic were visibly tiring and Dudgeon conceded a corner, this time it was fired to the near post, and Reynolds had a clear run onto it, nodding it just inside the post with Gamble unable to react.
Winn had a glorious chance to equalise when Ellington slid the ball between the defenders putting Winn one-on-one with Young, but he snatched at the shot, and put it wide of the post. With Celtic chasing the game, gaps were opening up for Telford to exploit and Vermiglio tried a distance effort that Haran got enough on to deflect for a corner. The short corner routine didn?t work for Telford either, and Dudgeon put it out for a second corner. Pacey was at the near post this time, and he flicked it to the back post where Khela came in and nodded into the back of the net to double Telford?s lead. Moore outpaced the Celtic defence to get into the box, but he struck his shot into the side netting.
Telford put a gloss on the result when the two substitutes combined, Vermiglio putting a well-weighted through ball into the path of Lewis, who took the ball into his stride and shot on getting into the box, putting the ball just beyond Gamble?s reach. Dudgeon did enough to block Moore?s initial effort, and Vermiglio?s follow up shot was a comfortable catch for the Celtic keeper.
Just before the final whistle, Roca put a good curling cross into the box, Hall got his head on it, flicking it wide.
It was possibly too soon after the Blyth game for Celtic to playing again, especially an away game at such a solid defence, but Celtic need to learn to take advantage of the few chances they get against such a solid defence, and they didn?t.
|7||Cornes, Chris||> 62|
|9||Reynolds, Luke||> 59|
|11||Forsdick, Simon||> 80|
|12||Lewis, Matty||< 59|
|14||Charlton, Asa||< 80|
|16||Vermiglio, Jamie||< 62|