Celtic finished the season in style, scoring two goals, and ensuring that they stayed up on their own merit instead of at the expense of Vauxhall, plus ended a very long run of games without a clean sheet.
Workington started brightly, Josef Jackson firing into the side netting from a corner, but they rapidly ran out of ideas, and very soon Celtic were taking control of the game. Joel Bembo-Leta headed into Jonny Jamieson’s hands from a corner before a sweeping move from both wings culminated in a ball onto Jack Ryan’s head that was knocked down to Paul Ennis, slicing through the Workington defence and latching with power and precision to send the ball curling beyond Jamieson’s fingertips.
Sean McConville went close to doubling the lead, before Workington almost equalised from a corner. Gavin Skelton headed over Danny East, only for Any McWilliams to head back from under the bar, but only as far as Antony Wright, and fortunately for Celtic, he headed wide. It was to prove Workington’s best and only real chance, with the Celtic defence coping well for the rest of the game.
As the half approached, Workington started to look like a beaten team despite only being a goal behind, and but for great reactions from Jamieson to deny a curling drive from Ryan Croasdale, they would have been two behind at the break.
Any chance Workington had evaporated at the start of the second half. An off the ball incident just outside the Workington box left Paul Ennis requiring treatment; so instead of Ennis taking the resulting free kick, up stepped Sean McConville, and he produced one of stunning quality, curling up and over and back down and round Jamieson and into the net.
Celtic never looked like losing after this, Ennnis twice forcing Jamieson into stops, and McConville going equally close, and Croasdale finishing off a super performance with a narrowly wide shot. With news filtering through that Oxford had been held to a draw by Bradford, it meant Celtic would finish out of the bottom three, and could definitely look forward to life in the Conference North next season, even if Vauxhall changed their minds about resigning!
|2||OConnor, DArcy||> 64|
|4||May, Kyle||> 27|
|10||Wright, Anthony||> 64|
|12||Wordsworth, Dan||< 27|
|14||Murray, Jonathon||< 64|
|15||Street, Jamie||< 64|