Balls to 6PM Kickoffs! St. Johnstone vs Celtic Match Report
Written by BoulderBhoy Tuesday, 12 April 2011 21:50You had a feeling this was going to be an interesting match when straight after the opening whistle the pitch was flooded with about 20-30 soccer balls from outside the ground. In what also turned out to be a bit of foreshadowing Iain Brines left his whistle in his pocket and let play continue despite the obvious need to stop the match.
A new series: My journey from calling it soccer to calling it football.
Written by Banrionalainn Monday, 11 April 2011 22:57
You stand there for a moment and you are dumbfounded. You stand there as ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ is played over the loud speakers in the newly built stadium overlooking a river. Without thinking about it you raise your green and white hooped scarf slowly above your head and hold it there for the duration of the song. You don't know much about the team or soccer but you know one thing you have fallen in love with a [strikeout]soccer [strikeout] football club.
This is the story of me – a new Celtic supporter from the tiny state of Delaware. I'll take you on a journey of discovery of Celtic Football Club. A club who to borrow the Catalan saying "mes que un club" or the Gaelic speakers would say, "Níos mó ná club."
3 Points is 3 Points: Celtic 1-0 St. Mirren
Written by Boulderbhoy Monday, 11 April 2011 11:43
Match Report: Celtic 3-1 Hibs
Written by boulderbhoy Thursday, 07 April 2011 14:36
It was a fairly easy 3 points for the Bhoys today and that is fine by me. After briefly losing top spot in the league and this being the first match in some 18 days after a tough loss, I was happy to see the Bhoys respond well and come out flying. After a mere 3 minutes we were up thanks to a Stokes goal and the horrendous half for Hibs was only beginning. After Wilson was unlucky not to score his 4th goal of the season by finding the woodwork, a penalty was called for Celtic and Hooper finished in style to put us up 2-0. Hooper then grabbed a second before halftime and the three points were secured.
While this game was over in 45 minutes there was still a second half to be played. Celtic and Hibs both seemed uninterested to have to play a further 45 minutes and 2 of the softer penalties you will see in Scotland not involving "them" were called. Hibs PK was nicely finished after Forester was sent the wrong way and Hooper, well we are all allowed a poor touch here and there. Sadly, Hooper squandered the chance at earning the match ball but no more harm came from it.
I certainly hope that the Bhoys took advantage of the one half match tonight as they are certainly facing a bit of a fixture log jam over the next few weeks. It is a critical point in the season and we can only hope that the form we showed in the first half continues.
Forester: 6, had nothing to do really. Can't blame him for not stopping a PK.
Izzy: 8, another game which saw Izzy constantly going forward and making solid tackles. Celtic supporters everywhere stopped breathing for a few moments there as he laid on the field with an apparent knee injury but he appeared to shake it off.
Loovens: 6, showed good speed to beat Riordan to a ball late in the half. Didn't really have much to do.
Mulgrew: 5, was completely to blame for the soft PK. Was beaten badly and didn't recover well at all. He didn't have a ton to do so this contributes to the poor grade as well.
Wilson: 7, was unlucky not to score. Has really made the RB position his own since Cha got hurt. Always driving forward and providing good crosses.
Kayal: 8, picked up a harsh yellow but was once again the engine of the midfield. The guy is almost impossible to dispossess, wins tackles everywhere, is tenacious and also plays some really useful passes. I am glad that Lennon gave him a quick breather at the end of the match.
Ledley: 7, while he doesn't have the same flash that Kayal seems to have he is still a vital component to the midfield. Does a lot to help the team win that is tough to notice unless you are really looking for it.
Brown: 6, not a bad game from Brown, but he was somewhat anonymous. This is not a bad thing though as he was in yellow card danger for the Easter showdown and he didn't make any bad errors.
Forrest: 6, loads of pace from the youngster and it was good to see him in the lineup. His grade would have been much higher if he had managed a few good crosses but this is an aspect of his game he needs to work on. Was dispossessed easily a few times in the offensive third as well. Loads of pace and talent though and a great young prospect.
Hooper/Stokes: I am combining them because they were a great combo tonight, I just can't split them up. They were constantly looking for each other in the attacking third and watching them combine in the first half was a treat. Obviously the Hibs defense is far from air-tight but tonight's performance convinced me that the Stokes/Hooper partnership should be given a chance to succeed on Easter. Hooper's first PK was pure class as was his second goal. Stokes made his goal look easy as well. Hooper's PK miss was not class, but at least he got that miss out of his system.
Rogne: 6, Filled in well for Loovens, didn't have much to do. Glad that he got up and was able to carry on after banging his head.
Commons/Ljungberg: N/A, not enough time on the field.
Lennon/Mjallby: 7, I liked the subs and the way that the team came out. If it were up to me I would have gotten Kayal and Brown off at the half for yellow card concerns and to keep two of our harder working players fresh for the next couple of weeks, but this is a minor complaint.
As always, feel free to express your opinions at Na Dead Raibead. Here is the direct link to the match thread:
Celtic crash out of irrelevant league cup
Written by T.D. Wednesday, 23 March 2011 15:59
The Celtic players on Sunday climbed the stands and received the finalist medals of the CIS League Cup. This of course meant that their rivals walked away with the winner medals and the cup.
However, the Celtic players should not be depressed as it was only the CIS League Cup. This cup is the least important and most irrelevant trophy that Celtic could win in Scotland during competitive play.
Joe Ledley continued his goal scoring ways with the only Celtic goal of the game. He scored three goals in five days for Celtic which is a remarkable number for a midfielder.
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