Match Report -
Celtic crash out through last gasp Guiseley goal
By Iain Benson
Celtic crashed out of the Trophy thanks to a last gasp goal from Guiseley.

Celtic had lined up to contain the hosts and hit them on the break, and this looked to be working with Hobson getting enough space for an early shot, but it lacked the power to worry Steve Drench in the Guiseley nets. The same was not true moments later when Drench tried to come through a crowded box to reach Callum Warburton?s cross, only to miss it completely, and Connor Jennings was on hand to leap highest and smash his header into the unguarded net.

Warren Peyton attempted to restore parity from a set-piece, but Budtz was well positioned to catch. A good move on the counter saw Celtic move the ball up field quickly with Phil Marsh spreading the ball out to Connor Jennings who let it run for Glenn Rule coming in from the diagonal, forcing Drench into a good stop at the near post.

Just when it looked like Celtic would reach the interval a goal to the good, James Wallshaw raced through on the Celtic goal, one-on-one with Budtz, Budtz did well standing and blocking Wallshaw, but when he tried to take the ball, he couldn?t reach and Wallshaw had a clean run on goal until Rule came across and up ended Wallshaw in the box. As last man he left the referee no alternative and Rule was dismissed with Wallshaw taking the penalty himself, and putting Guiseley back on terms.

The second period was always going to be a stifling game for Celtic hoping to snatch a chance or two, or take Guiseley back to the Fold. And they were very professional about it. A Liam Needham angled drive was scooped up by Budtxz, before Hobson hit on the counter, played in by Marsh, but again lacking the power. At the other end Danny Boshell?s thunderbolt flashed across the face and narrowly wide, whilst Dave Merris put a corner over the bar after Celtic struggled to clear. Boshell got even closer when a curling smashed shot from the corner of the box looped over Budtz and crashed against crossbar. Simon Ainge brought the best out of Budtz with a skidding shot that had the Celtic keeper at full stretch.

It wasn?t all one way traffic, with Marsh beating Drench when the Guiseley keeper was out of position but Danny Ellis managed to get back and head off the line before Craig Hobson had the miss of the match. Some great build up play as Marsh held up play long enough for support to arrive, Warburton and Jennings were both involved as Guiseley were pulled apart giving Hobson the goal at his mercy, it was by no means an easy chance, but there was too much power and the ball sailed over the crossbar.

Celtic were made to pay for that miss in stoppage time when Rhys Meynell?s conceded corner proved Celtic?s undoing as it came to the near post and through a crowd of players Liam Needham got the telling touch that put Guiseley through to the next round and Celtic out.

1Drench, Steven  
2Toulson, RyanYellow Card 
3Merris, Dave  
4Peyton, Warren  > 68
5Ellis, DannyYellow Card 
6Ainge, Simon  
7Oneill, Joe  
8Boshell, DannyYellow Card 
9Stamp, Darren  > 65
10Wallshaw, James  
11Needham, Liam  
12Cotterill, James  
14Rothery, Gavin  < 65
15Sharry, Luke  < 68
16Spivak, Joe  
17Martens, Karl  
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