The first half was nothing to write home about, with the best chances falling Celtic's way. Connor Jennings got his head on two corners, both of which went narrowly over the bar, whilst Phil Marsh saw his effort fly into the side netting after cutting across the box. Some good build up play with a beautiful dummy from Marsh let Jennings get a view of goal, but he stroked his shot wide. Worcester's best chance of the half saw Mark Danks's shot take a wicked deflection off Rhys Meynell and go past the post.
The second half had more urgency. Worcester got the ball in the net, but Danny Glover was offside for the final tap in, whilst Steve Brogan should have done better when he came in on Austin Mitchell's back post cross, but he put the ball in the side netting. The first shot on target came just after the hour mark, when Marsh's diagonal ball into Jennings's path and the youngster had a reverse shot that saw Dean Coleman initially go the wrong way before adjusting and making a good stop. Both Marsh and Jennings had half chances, but didn't connect with their shots, and Coleman made comfortable stops. The save of the match came when Jennings cut inside into the box and unleashed a rocket shot for the top corner, but Coleman's flying fingers got enough of a touch to divert the ball out for a corner.
There was a moment of controversy with ten minutes to go when Brogan's twenty yard effort was deflected out for a corner by Rob Elvin's raised elbow, there was no doubt it was deliberate, but no penalty was forthcoming. Celtic were thankful for Jan Budtz when Mark Danks had a decent effort, but the Celtic keeper was up to the task. That triggered the start of concerted Worcester pressure in the last five minutes, with Budtz well placed for Danks's header, and Kevin O?Connor's effort off a last minute corner.
With neither team really doing enough to win it, a draw was a fair result.
|3||Charlton, Asa||> 34|
|9||McGregor, Marc||> 45|
|12||Danks, Mark||< 34|
|16||Richman, Simon||< 45|