Celtic huffed and puffed their way through the game against a tenacious Goole side. The first chance fell to Jamie Kay when he raced past his marker and cut inside, but his shot lacked the power to beat Chris Hill in the home nets. Nick Buxton started the first half, and was called into action twice in quick succession when Paul Palmer?s vicious twenty-five yard shot forced him to acrobatically tip the ball over his own bar, and then off the corner save excellently from Terry Taylor?s header at close range. Celtic almost ended the half with a sublime goal, Gary Kharas sliding the ball through to trialist Brian Stewart, he could have taken a shot himself, but saw Andy Parton steaming in, so pulled it back for Parton, only for Ben Moore to get in a crucial interception.
Half time saw Celtic make seven changes, and it took a while for the reorganisation to work. During that time, Scott Maxfield fouled Jimmy Gore just outside the box, and Steve Davy?s free kick looped over the wall, but Paul Pettinger easily caught. James Turley earned a few chances running past the defence, but blazed over when he had time to get closer, and his best chance, a looping header over the keeper saw Hill stretch enough to catch.
All in all, a good solid work out, with Andy Parton looking fitter and sharper, and Mark Hume putting in a solid performance at the back. The trialists all had good games, with Ian Snodin playing a pivotal midfield role and Brian Stewart looking lively down the left wing. There wasn?t enough in the Celtic attacks to take a win, but the defence looked strong, so a 0-0 draw was justified.
Subs from: Paul Pettinger, Grant Black, Ashley Winn, Paul Sykes, James Turley, Lee Morris.