Sunday, September 24, 2017

NEXT GAME; Sunday Sep 24th vs Greenwich Arsenal

Tough game today away to Greenwich Arsenal, a team riding high in 2nd position. As ever the squad numbers will be tight but the Celts have produced great results when in similar positions!
Leave it all out in the field!

Divison 2 Results and League Standings ( #13)

Match Report; Guilford Celtic 1 Guilford Bell Curve 4

Report to Come!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

NEXT GAME; Sunday 17th September vs Guilford Bell Curve ( H )

It's Derby day! The big game against Guilford Bell Curve is upon us! The game earlier in the season ended in a goalless stalemate but i have a feeling goals will be in this one! These games are always competitive and usually played in a fair way so let's hope we grab a full 3 points!

This is a home game at Long hill fields with an 8am Kick off!!  8am!!  So get there early!

                           THIS IS AN 8AM KICK OFF!

When does the game kick off?   8AM!!!

Division 2 Results and League Standings ( #12 )

Guilford Celtic 1 Stamford Utd 1
Greenwich Gunners 7 Derby Quitus 0
Norwalk S.C. 2 Guilford Bell Curve 1
Southeast Rovers 2 New Haven Americans 2
Newington Portuguese 4 Greenwich Arsenal 2

Match Report; Guilford Celtic 1 Stamford 1

The well earned point gained by the home side Guilford Celtic, against a stuffy Stamford team, tells you only a small part of the story of this game. The Celts dominated large parts of this match with plenty of good moves and chances coming their way. Marauding runs down the right wing from Eduardo and great link up play by target man Dominic were a feature of the first half. The defense was pretty solid throughout the first 45 minutes and the half ended in stalemate with the feeling that the Celts could win this one. Of course,  if you don't take your chances events can overtake you. With 15 minutes gone in the second half the ref made a pretty poor call that seemed to distract the home team. With their heads still focused on the refs error Stamford floated the ball to an unmarked player in the box who had the simplest of tasks of slotting the ball in to the net. A goal against the run of play for sure but the game was in danger of slipping away at this point as Stamford grew in confidence. With time racing on the Celts put 4 up front to try and squeeze out an equalizer and with only a couple of minutes left on the clock an amazing flying header by Johnny I secured the well deserved point!

MAN OF THE MATCH; Lots of good players on the field during the game with strong play by Eduardo in the first half but MOM goes to Johnny I for his point saving heading spectacular! We will never hear the end of it!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

NEXT GAME; Sunday 10th September vs Stamford Utd (H)

Our next game is at home ( Long Hill Road Field) against Stamford Utd with a 10am kick off.
This was the game earlier in the season when bottom of the league Stamford beat us while we were riding high at the top of the league. A shock defeat that derailed our season for several games. Now is our chance to get some revenge!

Let's grab the 3 points guys!!

Division 2 Results and League Standings ( #11)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

MATCH REPORT; Newington Portuguese 1 Guilford Celtic 3


The Guilford Celts get back on track, after taking another 3 points from last year Div3 Champs, Newington Portuguese! We started the morning on the bottom of the league, and after all was said and done, we climbed out of the relegation spots..Well done lads! This was a match that almost didn’t happen, as we were struggling to field a team on Saturday afternoon because of injuries and players traveling out of town! However, the bhoys rallied at the last minute to field a team full of grit and determination. Robin, Dominic, Tim and TomA made their way to Newington, despite carrying significant injuries, and we also had Johnny-I and Dustin back from vacation. This made a huge psychological impact, as we didn’t have to start the game with 10 players and no subs, as Newington had 17 players in their squad. 

As expected, Newington started the match very aggressively, and as normal for them, sniped and complained to ref abut almost every tackle or decision, but undeterred the Celts remained patient and calm. Nevertheless, against  a run of excellent play by the Celts, the ball landed at the feet of their best midfield about 25 yards out, who took a lash at it, and unbelievably it dipped at the last second under the crossbar to deceive Dustin: 1-0 Portuguese. After the freak goal, there was no heads going down for the Celts, who buckled down and stuck to the game plan of playing the ball to feet, getting it out wide and crossing into the box. After great play up the right side from Eduardo to Alex-F (our newest player), the ball was played into the box from the right to Robin, who was taken out by a defender just before he got his shot away. Edimar stepped up to curl a beautiful free kick into the top left corner, but the keeper parried it out to the pouncing Robin, who wasted no time toe poking it in from 6 yards for the equalizer: 1-1. With our tails and chins up, we kept challenging their defense with great wing play and crosses into the box for Dominic, Rob and Johnny-I (yes Johnny-I playing up top!!!)  as targets, the Celts had lots of options and opportunities. After slick playout from the back, we won a throw-in up the left-hand side about 25 yards out from goal. Dan curved in one of his sweet left foot crosses into the six-yard box, which ricocheted off the keeper, and fell to the ever present Robin who tucked it away clinically to give the Celts a well-deserved 2-1 lead! Love those types of goals!

Anyone who has played Newington in the past, knows the script from here on in! Lots of in fighting and discontent, which played into the hands of a very calm and serene Celtic squad. And so, after another great play of short passing and possession by all of the lads on the field, Johnny-I was hatcheted to the ground just outside the 18, and who else, but  Edimar stepped up to hit one, if not, the best free kick I’ve seen period!! He hammered into top left, and hit it so hard, it stuck up in the stantion of the goal. Newington, us and the refs were speechless- what a goal Edimar, and the Celts were up 3-1, where we stayed until the final whistle. 

Great win guys, and it is really tuff to single out a single MOM because of the amazing team effort that delivered our  badly needed 3 points, which lifts us out of the relegation spots. However, having said that, Rob’s performance and his two goals playing with an excruciating shoulder injury made him the MOM for me. Finally, the best news of the day was that John-B and his son Julian are recuperating nicely, and, with any luck, we’ll see JB back in his midfield spot after Labor Day!!!