On Sunday, April 15th, the unlimited team suffered their first loss of the season. The buoys are still having attendance problems, and only 11 players were on hand. The lack of subs and some bad calls sealed the team’s fate on this day. At any rate, team management is now clear that it needs to add more players before the fall season.
On Tuesday, April 17th, the over 40 Masters Team also suffered its first loss of the season, falling 5-1 to AC Pasadena.
The Old Bhoys, Baltimore Celtic’s Over 30 team, rescued the Club from a horrible week and secured a measure of revenge for the Over 40 team by dismantling AC Pasadena 5-3! Down 2-1 at the half, the old bhoys took the field in the second half, starting spreading the field, moving the ball around, and within five minutes Victor Sanchez had banged home a goal (one of three for the night) off a cross from Justin Young. The other two goals were by Nigel Fullerton and Mario Inacio. The Old Bhoys are now 2-1-1 (the Unlims are 1-1-1 and the Masters are 1-2-1).
The unlimited team had week 3 off due to the Easter holiday weekend.
On April 10th, the new Masters Team (Over 40) registered their first win ever by defeating Annapolis United 6-4 in a hotly contested, physical and at times unsporting encounter. The bhoys went down early a very dubious PK was awarded for a shirt tug on a corner kick. Not worried, the bhoys battled back and went into the half up 3-1. Annapolis came back and played an aggressive, physical game trying to pressure and drawing several yellows as a result. Celtic stayed on their game, moved the ball around well, and banged home 3 more goals. Annapolis got several more goal in this half, two off of corner where Celtic’s man marking completely fell apart (and ongoing problem with this team that we are in the process of addressing). Still, the win was decisive and Annapolis complained bitterly after the match that not all of Celtic’s jerseys had numbers on them! Team management dropped off the jerseys at a printer today, but we’re under no illusions that the complaining will stop!
On April 12th, the Old Bhoys tied PAX City 3-3 in the third Over 30 game of the season. Celtic dominated possession, camped out in PAX’s half of the field for the entire second half but had major problems finishing, hitting the woodwork on multiple occasions. Credit is also due to PAX’s keeper who had a hell of a game. Celtic goals by Justin Young, Mike Reed and Rohan Weber. Old Bhoys are now 1-1-1.
On April 1, 2012, only seven unlimited players showed up by the match start time. Mike Murphy from the Over 30/40 team, who was there to coach, quickly suited up, but they bhoys still had to start with only 8. Lining up in a brave 4-3-0 formation the bhoys managed to play keep away from BTFoom’s 11 men for a good twenty-five minutes or so until late arrivals Mike Jeter, Mathais Okpa and Karmo Bholay brought the team to a full 11 (these three lads have still not provided the Club with an explanation for why they can’t fine a pitch using three Iphones and a GPS). Celtic got on the scoreboard first, while still playing a man down, but then conceded a goal shortly before the half. Having been called at the start to fill in, Eric McPhee showed up a little before the half to provide a much needed sub. The second half was goalless even as Celtic dominated possession, but lack of finishing is an ongoing theme with this squad. Final result was 1-1 and leave the team with a 1-1-0 record.
On Tuesday, April 3rd, the new Master’s team (over 40) played their second game ever and registered another draw, this time a 3-3 draw with Sly Fox. Goals by Mike Beach, Nigel Fullerton and Mike Reed.
On Thursday, April 5th, a depleted Old Bhoys (over 30) squad took to the field missing several key players and with a back-up keeper. The back-up keeper broke his finger in the first five minutes and the Old Bhoys had to replace him with a field players. With no remaining sub the hoops battled it out and only conceded once to go into halftime down 1-0. Twenty minutes from time, the bhoys switched to a 3-4-3 and quickly conceded three dubious goals to end the game with an unfortunate first season loss of 0-4.
Because no Club teams have games this weekend, we’ll have a small-sided pick-up game at 11 AM on Saturday, April 7th at our regular spot at the Loch Raven Academy fields. Everyone is welcome, not just club members. Also, if its not too much bother, please go to http://www.nextgamenation.com and indicate whether you are attending the pickup game.
All three Baltimore Celtic FC teams started the 2012 season on the right foot. First, on Sunday, March 25th, the unlimited team defeated Imperial FC 3-1. Then, on Tuesday, March 27th, the Masters Team (Over 40) drew 2-2 with LAFC. Finally, on Thursday, March 29th the Old Bhoys (over 30) dismantled the Renegades 4-0 behind two goals from Mario Inacio, and one each from Mike Beach and Eric McPhee.
The unlimited team opened their Spring 2012 campaign in Anne Arundel with a 3-1 thumping of Imperial FC. Goals by Victor Sanchez, Mike Jeter and Karmo.
The Over 40 team (still recruiting players!) opened its Spring campaign Tuesday night and walked away with a 2-2 result. The Masters Team did well in their first game playing together going up 2-0 in the first half before tiring in the second half (due to lack of subs) and conceding twice.
The Over 30 teams beings season play Thursday night.
Also, all player should mark their calenders for Saturday, April 7th for the First Annual Easter Weekend “Baltimore Celtic Generations Cup” where the Over 30/40 teams play the unlimited team for bragging rights and two rounds of drinks at Liam’s!
Our last pick-up session of the preseason is this Sunday, March 18th at 11:30 AM. See yous there!
Also check the post below for details on St. Patrick’s Day at Liam Flynn’s Ale House.
Liam Flynn’s Ale House opens at 11 AM for the Fulham vs. Swansea (Wigan vs. West Brom Albion on the back screen). At 1, they will show the epic England vs. Ireland 6 Nations Rugby match (Tottenham vs. Bolton FA Cup 6th Round on the back screen). All LIVE!
But the really good news is that ALL CLUB MEMBERS DRINK FOR HALF PRICE ALL DAY!!! To get the deal you have to wear your team jersey (one person on your tab also gets to drink for half price).
At 2 PM the Pub is serving complimentary irish food.
And listen up you cheap bastards: just because you are drinking for half price, don’t forget to tip the bartenders the proper amount!
Pick-up is this Sunday, March 11 at 12 Noon. See yous there.
We are planning to play this Sunday. A little snow is expected but that won’t stop us. In the event there is a ton of snow Saturday night, we will post a cancellation on this site so check back here Sunday morning.