Season kicking off with a draw ..
By JOHN DANKS
against new team to the MJPL, North Birmingham Celtic
Stourbridge U14's welcomed Birmingham North Celtic to Lea Castle for the first match of the 2014/15 season which resulted in a terrific game to watch.
Stourbridge started well but soon found themselves under pressure due to some good closing down by Celtic. Stourbridge were thankful for a fantastic tackle from Tom Williams that stopped the Celtic number 9 having a clear shot on goal. Whilst Stourbridge looked dangerous on the break with great running from both forward players it was Celtic who fashioned the best chances in the opening exchanges and only a good save from Olly and a few wayward shots from outside the box that stopped them opening the scoring. After 20 minutes or so Stourbridge began to make some impressive passages of play that created some pressure on the Celtic back line which resulted in a free kick being conceded to which Dan Danks came close to opening the scoring. Within 5 minutes Daniel Danks was on the score sheet from a well worked move down the right which ended with Dan floating a great shot over the keeper and into the net, 1-0 Stourbridge. Virtually from the kick off, Celtic had a good passing movement which fell to the central midfield player who calmly from the edge of the area made the score 1-1. Again the game remained tight but Dan was again to prove how competent he is with the dead ball as he made it 2-1 from a free kick just outside the box.Celtic came out for the second half like a steam train and within 5 minutes they were level. Some good wing play by the Celtic number 10 resulted in a near post header which made it's way past the Stourbridge goalkeeper, even though he managed to get a hand on it. The game remained open but with substitutions being made by both teams, the fluency of the game was affected. Celtic seemed to take control as the game went on and hit the bar twice in quick succession, and with the physical advantage Celtic had, Stourbridge seemed to struggle to maintain the possession game they are trying to play. However, a smart move down the right which involved no fewer than 5 players resulted in the ball breaking to Jakob Burroughs who finished superbly past the Celtic keeper, 3-2 Stourbridge. Straight from the kick off Celtic came flying down their right and from a cross which took a deflection, the ball broke to the Celtic attacker who prodded the ball past the keeper, 3-3. Whilst Celtic looked for the winner the Stourbridge defence managed to keep out the attack of Celtic to claim their first point of the season.Celtic are a strong and well organised side who will pose a real threat to MJPL teams this season. Stourbridge FC U14's management team wish them all the best for the forthcoming season.
Author: Matthew Bradley