Celtic had their chances to win this in the first half, but last ditch defending from Trinity resulted in a goalless first half.
Former Celtic keeper, Jan Budtz, was hardly required in the first half as his defence did his job for him. Adam Pepper's curling early effort was hacked almost off the line by Dominic Roma, and Greg Wilkinson's curling shot was headed out from under the bar by Josh Wilde. Jordan Barrow also saw his shot blocked inside the six yard box, and Celtic finished the half ruing the missed chances, though apart from a half-hearted early effort from Matt Godden, Trinity had barely ventured out of their own half.
The goal, when it came, came from an unlikely source: Joel Bembo-Leta was allowed to bring the ball seventy yards before continuing his forward run after dropping the ball off to Greg Wilkinson. Wilkinson put it out to Pepper, and Pepper's ball in was met by Bembo-Leta's foot and Celtic were in the lead!
With Trinity's complete lack of ambition, it was something of a surprise when they ventured far enough forward for Paul Conner to be tripped just outside the box. Jamie Yates's free kick was outstanding. Unstoppable, and on target. With just ten minutes left, Trinity were level.
Both sides had a chance each to snatch victory. Gainsborough, with a taste for it now, pushed forward and Paul Conner's header off a free kick thumped against the woodwork, while at the other end, Joel Bembo-Leta could have doubled his tally when he got to Callum Warburton's corner first, but headed agonisingly wide of the mark.
|6||Leary, Michael||> 54|
|9||Godden, Matt||> 58|
|11||Hawkridge, Terry||> 69|
|12||Clarke, Shane||< 54|
|14||Barraclough, Bradley||< 58|
|17||Stamp, Darryn||< 69|