Match Report -
Celtic win the match, but Buxton the league
By Deborah Taylor

A goal in the opening few minutes was enough to give Celtic a final day win, though Buxton were largely unconcerned having won the league instead. Unless Celtic and South Shields won by enough goals to wipe out Buxton’s goal-difference advantage.

The game’s only goal came with a simple ball over the top of a static Buxton defence. Justin Johnson easily left everybody in his wake, one-on-one with Theo Richardson, Johnson lobbing the advancing keeper and giving Celtic an early lead.

Johnson three times went close to extending Celtic’s lead, unable to keep his first two shots down, and firing across the face for the third. Ashley Chamber’s low drive that zipped past the outside of the post became the sum of Buxton’s ambitions in the first half.

After being read the riot act in the half-time interval as they started with more intent, Diego De Girolamo forced Grant Shenton into a cracking flying stop in a crowded box. Celtic failed to clear the loose ball, De Girolamo turning it back towards goal, only for Shenton to keep him out a second time in under a minute. Buxton kept the pressure on Celtic throughout the second half, but the Celtic back line held firm. Jamie Ward’s effort from distance was straight at Shenton, but required the Celtic custodian to parry. In the final few minutes, Jason Gilchrist fired in from an acute angle, his shot skimming off the crossbar.

In the end, though Celtic got the three points to take them up to fourteenth with fifty-two points, the team celebrating at the end with the news that South Shields had lost, was Buxton.

1Richardson, Theo  
2Curley, Matt  
3Newton, Sean  > 65
4Cowan, Dan  
5Granite, Josh  
6Fox, Nathan   
7Ward, JamieYellow Card 
8Chambers, Ashley   > 73
9Di Girolamo, Diego  > 63
10Elliott, Tommy  
11Clarke, Warren  
12Turner, Ben  
14Miekle, Lindon  
16Gilchrist, Jason   < 63
17Hardy, Jamie   < 65
18Heaney, Mackenzie   < 73
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