Match Report -
A game of two halves
By Iain Benson
Celtic fielded what may well be their first team against an Oldham side made up of reserves and trialists in the first half, and frankly embarrassed the visitors. The second half was a different story, with Celtic fielding their own trialists and up and coming talent.

The first goal came half way into the first half when Keith Briggs latched onto a dropping ball some twenty-five yards out and got the perfect connection to scream the ball into the top corner with a wonder goal. This was followed by some excellent play that had the visitors chasing shadows until Hankin lofted the ball to the back post flat-footing the Oldham defence and giving Matty Barlow a cushioned header for the second. Five minutes later and Barlow added to Oldham's woes when he wrong footed the defence and slid home a low shot that Josh Ollerenshaw couldn't reach.

The second half saw the usual chopping and changing by both teams, and it was Oldham that emerged the stronger. A free kick twenty yards out was converted with an excellent dead ball kick from Jamie Stevens, who added to it with a fine drive from distance through a crowd with Ryan Moss unsighted. A mix up in the defence allowed Angelo Tsiaklis the time to shoot and he put it out of Moss's reach.

Celtic lined up from Paul Phillips, Michael Bowler, Andy Smart, John Hardiker, Michael Carr, Steve Woods, Dave Hankin, Keith Briggs, Joe O'Neill, Matty Barlow, Warren Peyton, Barrie Keeling, Michael Fish, Graham Kay, Connor Jennings, Greg Wilkinson, Graham Law

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