West Allotment Celtic 0-5 Guisborough Town
|Ebac Northern League Division 1
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Guisborough Town dug in brilliantly to produce a fantastic five-star performance to demolish Tynesiders West Allotment Celtic 5-0.
The Priorymen were 4-0 up by half-time and a man up as Celtic had Scott McCarthy rightly sent off in the 42ndminute after an awful foul on Guisborough midfielder Jordan Fielding.
Guisborough eased off in the second half, adding just one further goal to their tally but team Manager Steve Bell was more than satisfied with his side’s display by then.
After the game he commented: “I asked the players before the game why is it we are so good after going a goal down?? The honest answer is that we wait too long.
“But we definitely didn’t wait today. We absolutely murdered them today – and if it had finished 10-0 to us that wouldn’t have flatted us.
“Even more impressive was how we controlled the game as well as we did. Even though they had a lad sent off for a terrible foul, that didn’t make much difference as we would have beaten any team today.
“I’m really looking forward to next Tuesday at Bishop Auckland now,” added Steve.
As the game got under way, Guisborough twice came close through leading scorer Cole Kiernan but in the 16thminute the Priorymen converted their early dominance into a goal. Kiernan got in a shot from the edge of the area which the Celtic ‘keeper couldn’t hold but his strike partner Mikey McGee followed up to slot the rebound home.
Guisborough were totally in command and swarming around the Celtic goal but amazingly, it took Guisborough until the 40th minute to finally double their lead. This time it was McGee who turned provider for Kiernan supplying a cross for Cole to net his 22nd goal of the season by picking his spot for 2-0 to Town.
In the 42nd minute Celtic had McCarthy deservedly sent off for a terrible tackle on Fielding and just two minutes later Guisborough went 3-0 up when McGee produced a fantastic touch to put himself in one on one with the ‘keeper who saved but Mikey slotted home the rebound for his second goal of the game.
Then just a minute before the break McGee put in Kiernan in to slot home into an empty net for Cole’s second goal of the game and his 23rd of the season.
After the interval it was literally one-way traffic as Guisborough laid siege to the Celtic goal but it took until the 65th minute for the Priorymen to score their fifth and final goal as JJ Bartliff crossed for James Frazer to beat the Celtic ‘keeper to round off a great afternoon for his side.
Guisborough’s next match is the eagerly-anticipated away match at second-placed Bishop Auckland on Tuesday, 7 February (KO 7.45pm).