Three goals in six minutes in the second half gave Celtic a commanding lead and their first win of the season.
The first half was a little disjointed, both sides creating but wasting chances. Joe Booth and Charlie Ennis both tested their opposite keepers with early shots, but neither was worth writing home about, whilst Liam Dickinson curled a free kick wide, and Michael Potts also went close but wide. The best save of the match came from Lewis King when he athletically dived to his left to deny Joe Booth's close range header, and keep the score goalless at half time.
The second half was much better from a Celtic perspective, with much brighter movement and passing from the boys in blue. There was constant pressing of the Fylde goal but it took a bit of luck, or immense skill (you choose!), from Ben McKenna to finally break Fylde's strong defence. Aidan Chippendale's fine cross found McKenna on the opposite side of goal, and he curled what looked like a cross to the back post, but it sailed over Ben Hinchcliffe and into the top corner.
Four minutes later, and Chippendale went from provvider to scorer when Sam Staunton-Turner's ball into his path was knocked forward and rifled into the back of the net.
It was McKenna's turn to provide two minutes later, with a delightful chipped ball into the box, and Liam Dickinson twisted in the air with his diving header to plant the ball into the back of the net.
Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick was brought onto add to the front line as Fylde were looking for something from the game, and he tested King who saved reasonably comfortably, but then with five minutes remaining lashed in a ferocious effort that had King beat, but not the imperious Matt Regan on the line, and Celtic could play out the time, and record their first win, first home win and first clean sheet of the season. Hopefully of many more to come.
|7||Booth, Joe||> 70|
|8||Potts, Michael||> 70|
|11||Allen, Richie||> 80|
|12||Tomsett, Liam||< 70|
|15||Lloyd-McGoldrick, Danny||< 70|
|17||Charles, Dion||< 80|