In an even match, a draw is a fair result, after going behind in the first couple of minutes, Celtic should have been happy with the draw, but a late equaliser from Boston felt like a big blow.
Celtic were down to the bare bones defensively, with Gorton, Ryan, Wisdom and Mather all unavailable, Liam Dickinson was drafted in to partner Matty Hughes, and acquitted himself well.
Boston attacked from the off, their first attack rebuffed, but five minutes in, and United got the opener, Taylor Miles stabbing the ball home from close range after Celtic failed to clear a long throw into the box.
Celtic tried to get back into the game, Adam Morning bringing the ball in from the wing, riding the challenges and getting into a shooting position, firing across Michael Emery, Danny Wilkins was arriving at the back post, and was a whisker away from putting a telling touch on the ball. An equaliser came twenty-five minutes in, when Wilkins cleverly lofted the ball over the defence, allowing new signing Danny Cockerline to latch onto, and though Emery got a hand to the ball, there was too much power to keep it out.
Celtic looked to have a bit more confidence after the goal, and nearly took the lead when Gary Gee changed direction wrong footing the defence and smashed his shot to Emery’s left, but the United keeper got enough of a fingertip on the ball to divert it round the post for a corner that Morning blazed over the bar. The confidence didn’t last, and it became a case of anything Emery could do, Shenton could too, and was at full stretch to deny Marcus Marshall’s drive, and made an instinctive reaction save from Taylor Miles who snapped off a first time volley from Jay Rollins cross.
Celtic took the lead at the start of the second half. Aidan Chippendale’s floated cross to the back post was nodded back to Danny Wilkins by Liam Dickinson, and Wilkins finished superbly.
Celtic tried to capitalise on their lead, not sitting back, with Aidan Chippendale and Cockerline both going close, but Boston worked a bit of luck. After Callum Chippendale’s fierce drive was palmed away by Shenton, Greg Smith was at the edge of the box to drive the ball into the top corner to equalise.
There was a mirror image goal almost immediately at the other end. Aidan Chippendale skipped past Ben Clappison and whipped in a scorcher of a shot that was too strong for Emery to hold, and there was Cockerline, to nod the ball home from close range.
Celtic really pressed, and but for some last ditch defending that saw Emery have to save from his own defender when Nat Brown turned Aiden Chippendale’s cross towards his own net, Celtic would have doubled their lead. Chippendale then went close twice, Emery making a good save when Chippendale had gone through one-on-one with the United keeper, after curling in a corker from twenty yards that just cleared the bar.
And Celtic paid when Greg Smith’s shot was almost too much for Shenton, who got a hand to it, the ball coming out to the edge of the box, where Nat Brown was waiting to volley the equaliser into the top corner and equaliser with only minutes left in the match.
|6||Maguire, Joe||> 78|
|7||Marshall, Marcus||> 60|
|9||Chippendale, CAllum||> 60|
|12||Hilliard, Lewis||< 60|
|14||St Juste, Jason||< 78|
|17||Pugh, Joe||< 60|