Two in a row for Celtic
Tuesday, 28th May, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
Celtic picked up a second straight win while St Joes upset West in round three of Broken Hill A Grade soccer.
Celtic United extended their winning streak to two matches with a comfortable 2-0 win over Alma in the early A Grade game on Sunday. They controlled the first half and did most of the attacking with the main highlight being a diving header from Callum Marshall to put United up one-nil.
Alma’s strategy was based on passing and possession but that made it tough to move the ball up the field which limited their attacking opportunities. It was a plan that would minimize damage by keeping numbers behind the ball but in turn relied on a big mistake or special play if Alma was to score.
Celtic pressed hard on a number of occasions but Alma’s defensive players Codey Ralph, William Hebbard and goalkeeper Nathan Gageler stood up as best they could.
It was much the same after halftime with Celtic adding another goal to their tally through veteran Anthony Berg, who has been in some sparkling form to start the season, to take a simple 2-0 win.
As well as goal scorers Marshall and Berg, United were well served by Jared Stuart through the midfield and Corey Blundell in defence while keeper Darren Zanette pulled in a nice jumping save in the first half as part of his clean sheet.
In the second game, St Joes’ see-sawing early season form continued as they knocked off the previously undefeated West in the late A Grade match.
Josh Joliffe and Matt Muscat hit the scoreboard for St Joes to lead them to a 2-1 victory. It was technically the side’s first in 2019 because their round one win over Alma was later overturned due to St Joes fielding an ineligible player.
Having scored 11 goals in their first two games, the West Panthers were held to just a single score in Sunday’s clash with only Terry Delbridge finding the back of the net.
There was less good news for St Joes in the other grades as their women’s side was belted 13-0 by West and their B Grade side was forced to forfeit.
In that women’s clash, Monique Simmons starred for West with four goals while Jessica Cox, Sabrina Brown, Jessica Roberts and Christelle van der Merwe all scored doubles.
It was another one-sided result in the second women’s game with Alma thumping Celtic 7-0. Bronte Johns and Heaven Celotto scored two goals apiece.
Celtic and Alma’s B Grade clash was much tighter and finished in a 1-1 draw.
CELTIC 2 (C. Marshall, A. Berg) def ALMA 0
ST JOES 2 (J. Joliffe, M. Muscat) def WEST 1 (T. Delbridge)
ALMA 1 (S. Harrap) drew CELTIC 1 (D. Millsteed)
WEST def ST JOES (forfeit)
WEST 13 (M. Simmons 4, J. Cox 2, S. Brown 2, J. Roberts 2, C. van der Mewe 2, R. Deer) def ST JOES 0
ALMA 7 (B. Johns 2, H. Celotto 2, M. Hebbard, E. Bogucki, S. Harman) def CELTIC 0