Celtic went with a game plan, and it nearly worked, limiting Kidderminster’s chances to the bare minimum, though their class showed through with a decent goal and a gift, though Celtic came back strongly in the second half.
Celtic more than held their own against the Harriers, with Steve Tames and Kristian Platt both having early efforts just off target, Tames on the run, and Platt from a half cleared corner. However, the hosts went ahead when last ditch defending blocked Keith Lowe’s initial drive from the edge of the box, the ball falling nicely for Mani Diesruvwe, who needed no first touch as he drove it bak in with a powerful drive.
Andy Owens broke the home side offside trap and it needed sharp reflexes from Sam Hornby to smother at Owen’s feet.
A needlessly conceded corner led to Kidderminster’s vital second, former Celt, Arthur Gnahoua took a penalty spot bound corner, and nobody picked up Tyrone Williams who raced into the box to plant his header past Tony McMillan.
Celtic came out in the second half, and looked the more determined team. With good link up play, it wasn’t long before Celtic were only a goal behind. Danny Pilkington’s deep free kick from the half way line was met by a crush of bodies at the back post, with Nick Ryan getting the telling touch to halve the deficit.
Steve Tames was unlucky not to pull Celtic level when he tried to turn in a close range effort only for it to be hacked off the line by Zaine Francis-Angol, the ball coming out as far as Aaron Chalmers who fired straight back in but didn’t really trouble Hornby.
After an altercation in the centre circle, in which Ashley Carter did something serious enough for Celtic to sub Danny Pilkington, the Harriers player was dismissed with a straight red. If anything, the sending off did Celtic few favours, as Kidderminster dug in, and pulled the game back into their favour, with Gnahoua firing a free kick into the side netting and Tyrell Waite forcing Tony McMillan into an outstanding one handed stop from ten yards out.
Celtic did have a ninetieth minute corner, but it was over hit, but overall, this was a good performance, with the only defensive slip punished mercilessly.
|10||Ngwatala, Elton||> 84|
|11||Gnahoua, Arthur||> 70|
|15||Croasdale, Ryan||< 70|
|17||Thomas, Wayne||< 84|