INTERMEDIATE CUP SEMI FINAL

Updated: Jan 26

Seems strange that this season is yet to conclude. It’s been a concerning few months for everybody and now that restrictions are easing we can look forward to seeing and playing football once more.

The Intermediate Cup final will take place next week but there’s the small matter of the semi-finals to be concluded tonight where we take on Newington at Seaview in what will be a repeat of Novembers Steel & Sons Cup Semi-final matchup.

That night had everything. Gary Warwick getting the bhoys off to a flying start before Maybin becoming unbeatable. He kept the ‘Ton’ in the game with an inspired performance, particularly in the first half, which would later prove crucial in their fight back.

As the game progressed, M.O.M. Clarky and the bhoys were tested but even with the cruel injury to James Haughy they didn’t buckle under the pressure. Stand-in keeper Mark McKenna pulled off a wonder save towards the end but as conditions worsened let slip a routine catch from a last minute corner and Casey poked it home to force extra-time. Taggart saw red for the 'Ton' when he picked up his second yellow after the restart but it was a baron night for our usually deadly strike force and when penalties came our fortunes did not get any better with Newington progressing to the Final.

Unfortunately this fixture is heavily restricted and supporters are unable to attend the game which is very disappointing for both teams as going by the last attendance we would have likely had a big crowd wanting to see this.

Best of luck to Mackers and the bhoys - from all the Belfast Celtic family #Gameon

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