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Celtic on fire

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

Christian Minett (Celtic) and Matt Kiddle (Alma) jostle for possession in the preliminary final of the Community Credit Union Premier League. Christian Minett (Celtic) and Matt Kiddle (Alma) jostle for possession in the preliminary final of the Community Credit Union Premier League.

By Ethan James

A late season recruitment drive has helped boost the Celtic Football Club into their first grand final in seven years.

The club qualified for this year's decider with a 4-3 victory over Alma on Sunday.

Celtic drew first blood before Alma hit back towards the end of the half when Tristan Symonds got his boot to a loose ball close to goals.

Alma had their chances in the first half but couldn't convert their shots on goal.

The match was 1-all at the break before Celtic edged ahead in the second half.

"I think we dominated the majority of the first half possession- wise," Celtic coach Dave Deacon said.

"We were up 3-1 in the second and probably let them back in the game a few times but I think we deserved the result."

Celtic's grand final berth comes after an exceptionally lean patch through the middle of the year.

The club copped a 13-nil hiding at the hands of St Joseph's in round five.

From there, they only won one of their next six matches.

But the club managed to turn it around, going on a six-game winning streak which included a 2-1 win over grand final opponents St Joseph's in round 14.

Their last loss came in early August.

"Midway through the year we lost a couple of players and things were pretty tough," Deacon said.

"But we picked up a few guys towards the end of the season which helped us heaps.

"Lachlan Inglis who was with our colts, he's a quality player in the midfield for us.

"Ashley Smith was one who we picked up from the New South Wales North Coast, he's added a bit to the team as well."

Celtic has also regained the services of livewire Aidan Tinney, who made a return in the preliminary final after a sojourn in Brazil watching the World Cup.

He will be back on deck for the grand final.

"We've improved on last year, a few seasons ago we were getting beaten with some pretty big scores," Deacon said.

"It's a big bonus for us to get our B Grade side through as well."

The Celtic B Grade side had a dramatic extra time win over Alma.

The women's will be a battle between the high-flying West side and St Joseph's, who toppled Alma by a few goals.

St Joseph's has sides in all three grand finals.

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