Well, the Dingoes achieved something Friday night (20 August) that they had been trying to do since forming in 2007 – beat Celtic FC. It finally happened.
Admittedly, neither team fielded their all star starting 11 as both squads were already assured of a finals berth. BUT, neither of us wanted to lose either – too much pride at stake for that.
The Dingoes started well, but within 5 minutes we were on the defensive playing a lot of football in our own half – something that would become the dominate feature of the game. However, our counter attack was good and we seemed to have some of our luck back. Not that luck had anything to do with the first goal, with Marty receiving a crisp through ball into the 18 yard, skinning the sweeper and keeper who came off the line – cool as you like, low and straight into the net. Not too shabby for his first go on strike all year.
Celebrations over, the Dingoes were back into it again with the flow of the game a little less one-sided in terms of possession for most of the first half. However, there was no denying Celtic still enjoyed more time in our half. I know TC certainly knew it – the poor bugger was performing at his best in between the sticks. What a player.
Now, as good as he is, poor old TC cant use mind control on Josh East, which would have been good when a corner kick was belted in and poorly cleared – only for a lurking gap player to pounce upon it. Not much old TC could do about it. Fair goal and highlighted the need for one man out between the 6 and 18 yard lines.
Half time and both sides off for a drink at 1-1.
The second half resumed much the same, including the usual dubious referring decisions – both ways. The backline was tested again and again, with TC and the fullbacks pulling off some great play. However, The Gap are not a team to back off or play for a draw and very nearly made it 2-1 following a scrap in front of the 6 yard box. The Gap smacked the ball into the net and were off celebrating, but unfortunatelyfor them they were not as loud as the Dingoes cries of ‘hand ball’, which was most unusually, but most sportingly, confirmed with a confession from the goal scorer himself. Not to be easier swayed, the ref decided to have a little walk and think about it before deciding to award the goal. Finding wisdom in the back of the net, the goal was disallowed – then Celtic got loud. Hey, we would have spat too.
Anyway, that turned out to the wake up call we needed and Dingoes were on the attack again. Navid was very unlucky not to score again – even with the ball on his left! – but he took one touch that turned out too many allowing the keeper to launch himself cross goals to make the save. Good effort actually.
Now, the score is 1-1, we are 20min from full time and the gameplay is locked. What would any good General do? He would take Easty off is what he would do. Jokes aside, poor bugger has been away for 3 weeks with a crook ankle drinking grog. The real genius was who was going on for him in strike – someone not even the Gap could plan for. The Peacemaker. His instructions were clear – run your guts out and make as much peace as you can for 10mins. True to form, Tando did exactly that and was the catalyst leading to the Dingoes glorious second and winning goal.
Tando went wide, received the ball from the centre, dragged to players in and then put through a cracking pass through to the Prince, who wound up leaving the celtic back line well behind. Getting close to the 6 yard, Princy ‘passed’ the ball hard to the keeper, who couldnt hang onto it – luckily Tando was there in support but was unfortunate not to score himself. No it was young Jacko taking the glory and cracking the ball into the open net. 2-1 Dingoes, Navid squealing, sideline happy. Awesome.
With 5 minutes to go, the Gap were not done and without good old TC there to crush anything they had, it would probably be a draw. A late cross found a celtic head that was unlucky not to find the top right, just going high and wide. The Dingoes then slowed it down, regained composure and finished the match.
2-1 and first win against the Celtic outfit ever. Great opposition, good play and excellent conditions to sing a well earned song. Can’t wait to sing it again after the Semi against North Pine in three weeks.