Match Report -
Keeling denied the winner by a wrong decision
By Iain Benson
Celtic should not have had to rely on the ineptitude of a linesman in order to secure a victory at Bower Fold in the FA Cup, however, thanks to a poor decision Celtic face a replay in South Elmsall on Tuesday night.

In the first half, Celtic were all over Frickley, with Prince terrorising Hilton from the word go. He turned him inside out before feeding a pass to Ellington. Celtic?s top goal scorer turned and shot, forcing ex-Celtic shot-stopper, Ingham, into a top class save, pushing the drive onto the post, with Selby covering to clear off the line. Prince did it again moments later, this time feeding Parton, but Parton making his first home debut since joining permanently put the ball wide. Hilton must have wondered what to do when Prince did it again, this time finding Sykes, who would have opened the scoring but for the outstretched boot of Jones. Sykes turned provider to find Ellington, Jones was there again, hacking the ball off the line.

A hasty clearance found Ward racing toward Pettinger, he struck a decent shot, but it was straight at Pettinger. Ingham reminded the Celtic fans why he will long be remembered with another fine save at full stretch. After Parton was fouled by Jones outside the box, Turley tried a cheeky curling free kick, but again Ingham was up to it, pushing the ball over the bar. From the corner, Ellington was left unmarked at the back post and planted his header out of the reach of Ingham to open Celtic?s account.

Frickley were riding their luck a little bit, and when Maxfield overlapped Prince and whipped in a great ball to Turley at the back-post, it was Kennedy who cleared off the line. Jones? powerful header allowed Frickley to counterattack, Tracey receiving a good through ball off Ward, forcing Pettinger into a good block. A mistake by Black allowed Walsh an opening that he took without hesitation, again Pettinger was equal to it though. Callery tried his luck from the edge of the area after turning Maxfield, but again Pettinger was there to make the stop. Black tried to make amends at the other end, spotting Ingham out of position and lofting the ball to the back post, but it lacked sufficient power and Ingham was able to scramble across and catch.

The second half started with Prince still looking lively, he carried the ball fifty yards before trying a dipping shot from the edge of the box, over the bar. Ellington then put Brodie through, unmarked Ingham made himself big, but Brodie put the ball wide anyway. Brodie was relishing in his new central role, and reached a seemingly dead ball to pull it back for Parton, with Walsh still to beat Parton turned and shot, with Jones on hand to deflect it for a corner. The corner came to Hume; his header was unintentionally blocked by Jones for a second corner that Celtic could not convert.

Winn, on for Turley, had an almost immediate impact when he found a bit of space for a shot. Though it was through a crowd, it lacked the pace to trouble Ingham. Jones was allowed to carry the ball most of the way to the Celtic box, before finding Callery with an inch perfect ball, Callery struck it first time and Pettinger had to be at his athletic best to tip the ball over, that Winn headed out for a second corner.

Winn tried again when Prince found him at the edge of the box, but his shot was powerful and wayward, steered wide of the mark. Brodie, too, went Wide as Ellington lofted the ball to the back post where Brodie met it with his head. Brodie was then pulled down quite blatantly in the box by Kennedy, whilst Brodie was still getting to his feet wondering why the whistle had not blown, Frickley launched it, Pell brought it under control and lashed a dipping powerful strike over Pettinger and into the top of the net off the crossbar to equalise.

Celtic replied instantly, Prince winning a corner off Hilton. The ball was whipped into the box, Keeling ran from the edge and met it sweetly planting the ball into the back of the net. As he turned to celebrate, the linesman made a monumental error, indicating an offside. With Ingham and Hilton both on the line, there is no way that Keeling was offside and a perfectly valid goal was ruled offside.

Garvey, on for Parton (Sykes had moved up front), nearly made it immaterial, but his shot through the crowd lacked sufficient pace to worry Ingham. Sykes was then flattened at the edge of the six yard box, with Jones? forearm lashed across his neck, nothing given by the officials, so Prince lashed a great volley towards goal, forcing another great save from Ingham. Hume didn?t get a good contact on the corner, but Brodie kept it in and lifted it back towards Hume, but he headed over. Ingham had to be Frickley?s man of the match, especially with moments to go, Sykes pushed the ball onto Ellington who was unmarked, and struck a thunderous shot that somehow Ingham got a finger tip to, to push the ball over the bar. Black was brought down by Turner just outside the box, the ball was cleared as far as Brodie who brought it back for Hume, but his header zipped over the bar.

So Celtic have a replay in Yorkshire to look forward to. Enough chances had been created to give some hope to fans who will travel to the ex-pit town on the outskirts of Barnsley. However, Celtic are going to have to overcome their away day problems to get anything at a Ground at which they have only won once in the last twenty visits.

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