Celtic were patient in the opening minutes, with Jody Banim and Michael Twiss up front looking mobile and dangerous, but chances were at a premium. On-loan keeper, Mark Halstead gave Celtic the opening they needed when Twiss knocked the ball past him, only to be brought down in what can only be described as an inexperienced challenge. Warren Peyton sent Halstead the wrong way. Celtic looked good for the lead, and carved out some excellent challenges, Hankin curling a shot from the corner of the box just wide after making the space and both Twiss and Banim going within a whisker of increasing Celtic?s lead off Hankin?s crosses.
Right before half time, Hyde won a corner. Near post, no marking on Nathan D?Laryea and Hyde were level.
The second half was a completely different affair, with Hyde chasing down every loose ball and getting in Celtic?s way, making the use of every half chance. It needed an excellent stop from Dave Carnell at the start of the half as Nathan Arnold fired low and hard, and Carnell was called on again to palm away a corner ball, getting back up to make a superb stop from Chris Lynch?s follow up. Celtic were struggling to get into Hyde?s danger areas, with the best chance a Richard Battersby curling shot from twenty yards that was destined to beat Halstead, until a snick of shinpad from Scott McNiven diverted the ball an inch past the post.
For all of Hyde?s hard work, the Celtic defence was looking strong enough to keep them at bay, their best effort from Holsgrove off target, but only just. With two minutes to go, a free kick wasn?t cleared, as it pinged around the box, Nathan Arnold was the man again, firing through a crowd to snatch the three points right at the end and send Celtic home with nothing.
|9||Mooney, Scott||> 76|
|10||Holsgrove, Kevin||> 90|
|14||Rick, Lee||< 90|
|15||Douglas-Pringle, Danny||< 76|