0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Chris Morris for Stevie Fulton (46)
Martin Hayes for Joe Miller(68)
Mixu Paatelainen for Darren Jackson (77)
Michael O'Neill for Jim McInally (89)
Billy McKinlay (53)
Freddy van der Hoorn (64)
Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)
The last time we ventured to Parkhead on League business we came away on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline. It was a result which hardly reflected the course of play, and in truth last Saturday's visit to Parkhead was a similar case in point, but this time the goalless draw was perhaps less than Celtic deserved. The early activity around goal came at Paddy Bonner's end when the Republic of Ireland internationalist saved Darren Jackson's header, but Darren was adjudged to have 'climbed' on a defender as he went up to meet a Freddy Van Der Hoorn free-kick. However, Celtic opened their case for the right to claim both points when Creaney sweetly struck a 25 yarder which rebounded from the outside of Alan Main's right hand post. Paddy Bonner then saved a Darren Jackson shot after Jim McInally had fed the ball to him. Midway through the first half Jim McInally's return to action was even more greatly appreciated by the band of United fans as he headed Elliot's header from a corner off the line. A flurry of action just before half-time saw Bonner save a grounder from Hamish French and Hewitt sent in a hooked shot which Alan Main saved at the second attempt.
Both sides had the ball in the net early in the second half but neither was to count. Joe Miller drilled home only to be given off-side and then Brian Welsh sent a looping header from a Billy McKinlay corner over Bonner, but was pulled up for climbing. Creaney, who had opened the scoring in our Skol Cup semi-final meeting, then went close to adding to that goal on two occasions in quick succession. In the 57th minute he sprung the offside trap, cut in from the left but Alan Main alertly beat his near post shot away. Within a minute we enjoyed another slice of luck when Creaney's shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced into Alan Main's arms. Rogan sent in a curling shot inches wide and Alan Main brilliantly tipped an angular drive from Paul McStay past the post. But our luck held good and we emerged unscathed from Parkhead with a point and it was very much a case of the result being better than the performance, One interesting statistic to emerge other than the actual score itself was the fact that the corner count was also level at five each.
|Alan Main (GK)||22||5||-||51||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||27||14||1||56||3|
|Michael O'Neill (sub)||21||7||-||32||7|
|Mixu Paatelainen (sub)||23||12||-||124||37|
No league table has been added for this season.