Pleased to get points

THE Hoops returned to winning ways last Saturday and manager Ciaran O’Kane was happy to overcome a stern challenge at Annagh United.

“It gets us back on track,” said Ciaran. “I would have described it as a game of headball played on a nine-a-side pitch. They had two big centre halves and one of them came up every time there was a throw-in.

“It was a stop-start game with no fluidity and we found it hard to get going.

“Annagh played to their strengths and caused us problems, putting us under a lot of pressure.

“We went one nil up early on but in the second half goalkeeper Ciaran Fox had to make some good saves and they also hit the crossbar.

“We were very pleased to come away with the three points.”

Celtic continue their league programme at home to Killymoon this Saturday.

Ciaran said: “They are near the bottom of the table but we will be taking nothing for granted.

“It will be nice to get to our own ground. Six of our nine league matches this season have been away from home so it will be an opportunity, after last week’s headball, to play our own game.

“And if we can play to our strengths we can take the three points.

“Armagh and Knockbreda have no league games this Saturday so if we win we can go joint top above Armagh.”

Once again this week Ciaran will have a full strength squad to choose from although he may have one eye on next Tuesday night’s Radcliffe Cup semi-final against Warrenpoint at Loughgall.

Celtic are the holders of the trophy and would relish a chance to win it again.

“We might have one eye on Tuesday night but first of all we must concentrate on getting the three points on Saturday,” said Ciaran.