Celtic had the lion's share of possession, but could not convert chances into goals, whereas Gloucester took full advantage to take all three points.
An almost compulsory early goal from Celtic's opponents came almost from the off when Gloucester broke from a long Celtic throw at the other end. Though first Tom Webb and then Calvin Dinsley were closed down, Dinsley managed to lay the ball off into the path of Lewis Hall who came in at an angle and fired across Tony McMillan to open the scoring.
Coming from behind is something Celtic are getting used to, and after Dinsley upended Chris Simm, the free kick was put back in by Chalmers after being only half cleared, Jack Higgins getting to it, but was always leaning back and put it wide of the upright. Simm himself saw Dinsley slide in to deflect his low drive wide, as Celtic looked to be gaining the upper hand, but a goal kick was somehow given; a string of corners and Alex Mudimu rising highest, but heading straight at Jasbir Singh, and Higgins again wide, this time from a corner. Higgins was finally on target from another Dinsley foul on Simm, but Singh made the save look easy.
After Aidan Chippendale had fired over the bar, there was a claim for offside before Gloucester’s second goal, nine minutes into the second half. Harry William’s latching onto a loose ball forwards, one-on-one with McMillan, he put it into the path of Lewis Hall who got his and Gloucester’s second.
Jack Higgins almost grabbed one back for Celtic when a corner wasn’t cleared, and he slid in on Chippendale’s ball in, forcing Singh into a great low save with his legs, and Gloucester scrambled it away as Steve Tames was about to pounce on the loose ball. Celtic were attacking in numbers and getting the chances, but Gloucester were holding on.
Somewhat against the run of play, Harry Williams, having already hit the side of the net, twisted and turned on a clearance nodded forward, beating Danny Wisdom and curling in only to see McMillan palm away, but the danger hadn’t gone. Hall collected the loose ball, and fired in from an acute angle, the linesman gave goal as McMillan scooped the ball up and away, but whether it crossed then or not didn’t matter as Williams smashed it in, but the goal was given to Hall to complete his hattrick.
There was just enough time for Danny Wisdom to see his drive collected by Singh, and Celtic left Whaddon Road wondering just how they’d been beaten by three goals.
|6||Dinsley, Calvin||> 90|
|10||Hopper, Luke||> 89|
|16||Hanks, Joe||< 90|
|17||Williams, Ed||< 89|