Celts lost again. Their players do not seem to want to win and have lost the ability to score goals. Today they gifted Whitchurch a 3 goal lead in the first-half and despite dominating possession in the second-half, ended up losing 4 nil. Celts created far more chances than Whitchurch but didn't take any of them. Back to the drawing-board!
29 Oct, 2007 Fantasy League - October Winner
Oh dear, oh dear! Despite going into the final day in 3rd place, Kelly Walker has done it again. Manager of the month for September and now October too. Kelly got 172 points this month as she overtook Tommie Shorey on Sunday. Can she be deposed in November?
27 Oct, 2007 Celts Press the Self-Destruct Button
Celts lost to Ely Rangers 5-1 at Trelai today, but the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story. Playing against the wind in the first half, Celts contrived to give the game away with 2 own goals and a defensive mix-up in the first 25 minutes. At the other end of the pitch, Celts were spurning good chances to get into the game and went into the break 4 nil down.
Things could only get better in the second-half, and Rhys Hawkins' fabulous headed goal gave the greens a lift within 5 minutes of the restart. Celts set about trying to reduce the arrears further, but despite putting pressure on Ely, they couldn't take their chances. With 15 minutes to go Ely broke free of the Celts defence and earned a penalty by drawing the keeper, Layth Saadi, into a foul.
Ely scored from the spot to make it 5-1, and the match was lost!
Celts kept playing good passing football and were unlucky not to reduce the arrears with Man of the Match Will Gray winning everything in midfield.
A disappointing result but plenty of positives to take into November's fixtures.
22 Oct, 2007 Celts Knocked Out of Cup
Celts just missed out on a place in the draw for the next round of the Cup as they lost 4-3 to Ely Rangers at Llanishen Park. The tie looked to be heading for extra time, but Ely pinched it with a winner 3 mins from time. Celts goalscorers were Connor Shorey (2) and Liam Beckett.
13 Oct, 2007 Celts Grab The Points
Celts hung on to claim all three points with a 4-3 win at Llanishen Park today.
After racing into a 2 goal lead, the Greens were playing good football, with Man of the Match Connor Shorey pulling the strings. Two fine solo goals from Liam Beckett and Will Gray gave Celts the advantage. Trowbridge took time to get going, but pulled a goal back midway through the half, which finished 2-1.
The second-half had barely started when Trowbridge converted a penalty to level the scores. Despite being under a lot of pressure in the second-half (and saved by the woodwork twice), Celts always looked capable of scoring from swift counter-attacks. And so it proved. A second from Will Gray and a near-post rocket from Jake Cowan were enough to win the game for Celts, although they had to hang on for the final 10 minutes. This result means Celts have climbed to 7th place in the table!
06 Oct, 2007 Celts Edge Past Marlboro
Celts got their first win of the season with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Marlboro Reds at Heath Park today.
Starting brightly, Celts were on top of the early exchanges. Ben Roach put Celts in front with a fierce near-post header from a corner.
Marlboro equalised in the second-half after a long spell of pressure, and looked like going on to win the match, but Will Gray's goal took the wind out of the Reds sails and Celts looked comfortable in the last 15 minutes.
01 Oct, 2007 Fantasy League - September Winner
Congratulations to CHAMPIONI and their manager Kelly Walker, for being top points scorers for the month of September in the Official Celts League. Who says women can't manage football teams? For the record, CHAMPIONI finished the month with 235 points, over 20 points clear of their nearest rival (StandupiFU8DERBY*#@!)
29 Sep, 2007 Improved Celts Fall to Rumney
Rumney took all three points at Llanishen Park today, but this was a much better showing from Celts. With a bit more composure in the final third, the greens could have taken a share of the spoils at least. The match was scoreless at the break, and Rumney won the game with 2 strikes midway through the second-half; but Celts never conceded the midfield to the opposition and always looked dangerous, right up to the final whistle. Far closer than the final result shows.
25 Sep, 2007 Celts Enter Local Tournament
Powerleague are holding a junior 5-a-side tournament at their newly opened facility in Whitchurch. The tournament will be held from 5pm on Friday 5th October and Celts FC have entered a side.
The squad of 7 is to be selected using a combination of the following criteria:
5-a-side ability; commitment; work-rate;
Powerleague have a fully licensed bar (for the parents only!) serving hot and cold drinks with 7 plasma screen Televisions, spectators are welcome.
23 Sep, 2007 Treatment Room - Waiting List
Would all players please take note - there is no more room in the Celts FC Treatment Room. Those wishing to get injured must apply in writing to join the Waiting List. There are NO circumstances in which unauthorised injuries can be tolerated. Offenders will be fined!
22 Sep, 2007 Injury Curse Strikes Again, as Celts Crash
Celts keeper, Layth Saadi, suffered a fractured wrist in their 10-2 loss against Lisvane at Pontcanna today. Players Player of the Year, Will Gray, also had to limp off 30 minutes after coming on, with a recurrence of his ankle injury. The treatment room is an extremely busy place at the moment, as Barni Gubb and Dani Vangel are recovering from broken bones, and Alex Mladenovic is hobbling around too!
21 Sep, 2007 NEW KICK-OFF TIME
Tomorrow's match against Lisvane @ Pontcanna has been brought forward to a 1015 kick-off.
All players need to arrive by 0945 latest! Please confirm that you've got the message by emailing Rich as soon as you can. Thanks.
20 Sep, 2007 Football Development Tour
CELTS FOOTBALL CLUB
FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT TOUR
VILLARREAL CF - OCTOBER 2008
All Celts players will be receiving letters shortly regarding this exciting event. Stay Tuned!
18 Sep, 2007 Celts Through - Just
Celts are through to the 2nd round of the Cup, but they made heavy weather of beating Urdd at Pontcanna. Both sides missed a penalty, but it was Jake Cowan with 2 spectacular goals who fired Celts through.
15 Sep, 2007 Celts Give Grangetown Too Much Respect
Celts didn't turn up for the first-half against Grangetown, going into the break 5 nil down. The greens came out a different team in the 2nd half , and gave Grangetown plenty of problems. Somehow, they were playing with a confidence that was woefully missing in the first period. In the end though, a hat-trick from Jake Cowan was not enough to prevent Celts 2nd loss in 3 games.
14 Sep, 2007 Celts Robbed of First Win
A blazing row broke out after the final whistle at Llanishen Park as furious home fans turned on the referee. The reason for their dissatisfaction was a poor decision not to rule out the 3rd Pentyrch goal for offside. As the match finished 3-3, Celts feel that they were robbed of all 3 points by the man in black. The referee, Richard Parry (Celts Manager!!!), was unrepentant as he scuttled away in his car. One regular Celts fan commented "It was a diabolical decision, I hope we don't have him again - he should go back to reffing under-9s".
Mr Parry declined to comment
13 Sep, 2007 Rhys Hawkins eager for return to action.
Celts winger, Rhys Hawkins, has made a speedy recovery after his nasty farmyard accident. Rhys could be ready to return to first-team action in tonight's match against Pentyrch, when Celts will be aiming to get their first win of the season at Llanishen Park.
Picture: Rhys Hawkins free-kick against the veterans.
10 Sep, 2007 Striker Injured
Any lingering doubts about the size of the squad this season must have been dispelled, with the news that Barni Gubb is injured. Breaking his collarbone and fracturing his arm whilst playing rugby, Barni joins Dani and Rhys on the long-term sick list. Get well soon Barni!
Pic: Barni Gubb in action.
07 Sep, 2007 Ball Missing - Police baffled
The Curse of the Green Footballs has struck again. A total of 3 green Mitre Calcio footballs have been abducted over the course of the summer, the latest going missing in broad daylight at Heath Park. The manager, Rich Parry, believes that it could be the work of a serial ballnapper, although the club can confirm that no ransom note has been received. The remaining 7 green Calcios are said to be leaving their secure accommodation on official duties only!