Successful Failure For Vintage Celtic – Winners Or Losers You Choose
Saturday’s Cheshire Walking Football Cup Festival proved to be a successful failure for Vintage Celtic. This oxymoron needs an explanation so here goes.
The CWF Cup Festival was played on Saturday 6th August 2016 at the Cheshire FA Headquarters in Northwich. Celtic had a strong squad so hopes were high for a successful day. In fact it proved to a day of mixed fortunes, so how could it turn out to be a successful failure for Vintage Celtic?
8 teams entered the competition, with 2 groups of 4 teams contesting a league format. The 3 other teams in our group were newcomers Wigan Wanderers and CWF league members Helsby Old Boys and Wirral Vets. The first game was against Wirral Vets, a mixed side containing a few ladies and good players they turned out to be. Whilst having no problems in defence we just couldn’t get the ball into the Wirral net. We are notoriously slow starters in competitions and so it was to prove again today. Too many shots from long range went wide of the target and the score was a stalemate at 0-0.
Next up came Helsby Old Boys, a very physical side who we have encountered a few times before. It was the same old story, too many long range shots off target, loss of shape and Helsby scored to make the final score 1-0, a result that flattered them. With any chance of making the Cup knockout stages looking unlikely, it was a matter of playing for pride in the final game.
This was against the league leaders Wigan Walkers with 2 wins and 7 goals to their name, so we weren’t particularly optimistic. Nevertheless, we at last found our rhythm and were looking good again. Unfortunately a mistake by keeper Ian Parker led to a penalty to the Wigan team. To his credit Ian, playing with a badly bruised wrist, made a fantastic save to keep the final score 0-0 and at last Celtic had gained a point.
It was all too little too late and unbelievably Celtic were bottom of the group with 2 points from 3 games and with only 1 goal conceded. Now we needed to make this a successful failure for Vintage Celtic by winning the Plate knockout competition. This was contested by the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the 2 groups.
Our semi final pitted us against Nantwich Barony and unbelievably we went a goal down in the first few minutes. However our passing and movement now looked remarkably improved and we looked the far stronger side. This proved to be the case as we put 4 goals past Barony, with Pete Agar grabbing all 4. A 5th goal by Pete was disallowed a second or two after the referee blew the final whistle.
So we were in the final of the Plate competition and it was against old foes Helsby Old Boys who had beaten us 1-0 in the league format. This time there was to be no such outcome as we stormed to a comfortable 3-0 win. A really well taken goal by Stuart Greaves and another 2 by Pete Agar made the day a successful failure for Vintage Celtic.
For the full league results, tables and knockout results click here.
Thanks to all the lads who turned out today, Pete Agar, Derek Drabble, Stuart Greaves, Colin Grimshaw, Ian Parker, Lee Shedwick and Barry Whitmore. Also to Brian Coll for his input and team talks.