Officials pitch in to get game on

LURGAN Celtic manager Ciaran O’Neill was delighted to get back to playing football again and seeing his team go joint top of the table.

Last week Celtic’s game could not go ahead because of glass on the pitch caused by vandals.

“It was great to get playing again and I must thank all those at the club who worked very hard to clear the pitch and make sure we got the all clear for Saturday,” said Ciaran.

“I was not sure how the boys would react after having the day off especially as we had a tough game ahead but they pulled out all the stops and got a great result.

“This was a really hard fought win. Queens are a good side and they had us pinned back at times as they gained a lot of possession. We had to defend and had to defend well in order to keep a clean sheet. That is one aspect of our game which has improved over last season.

“Last year we were known for out attacking ability but there was a question mark over our defending as we leaked a few goals. That is now four clean sheets out of the last five games.”

Celtic certainly showed their battling skills in this game but it was not all about defending.

“While Queens did have a lot of the ball they did not have that many clear cut chances while we looked very dangerous on the counter attack and had a couple of chances to add to our one goal lead.

“We have another big game on Saturday against Armagh City at Holm Park,” added the manager. “They suffered a shock defeat at the weekend so it will be interesting to see how they react. We know we will have to play just as well as last Saturday to get something out of the game. At this stage a point would not be a bad result for us.

“After Saturday we do not have another league game until December 29 because of cup ties so we want to go into the break with our good run intact.”