Celtic went into their last home game of the season seeking a 5th successive win to consolidate their place in the hope of achieving a top six place in the final league table. The visitors had been showing good form of late so a tight competitive game was expected.
Celtic opened with Owen Cook putting Callum Wakeham through but the striker skewed his shot from a good position well wide. Penybont’s new deadline signing from Aberystwyth, Kostya Georgievsky, was looking lively down the right wing and Richard Crees just got a foot in to clear the danger for a corner which produced a scramble in the 6 yard box ending with keeper Lewis Watkins showing quick reactions to block player-manager Rhys Griffiths’ header with his knees. On 11 minutes Penybont had a free kick on the left. Taken by Kane Owen the ball was headed back across the goal where a weak punch at full stretch from Watkins only found the head of Griffiths who duly scored. Celtic responded with a superb bout of passing between Kinsella, Wakeham, Owen Cook and a Lee Penry back-heel which set up James Young who hit a screamer past Rhys Wilson only to see the ball crash off the keeper’s right post to safety. Had it gone in it would have been a candidate for goal of the season. On 19 minutes Penybont were again saved by the goal structure when Lloyd Kinsella hit an Adrian Maguire cross against the underside of the bar.
On 28 minutes it was Celtic’s turn for a let off. Warlow’s cross fell to Georgievsky whose goal bound shot was hooked off the line by Niall Yeates and Watkins just managed to cling on to the follow up shot from a Penybont attacker. Carpenter hit a tame free kick straight into the arms of Watkins. Celtic’s justified shouts for a penalty after Wakeham was flattened in the box were waved away by referee Adie and the final action of the half was a speculative 40 yarder by Yeates which just cleared the bar.
Half time: Celtic 0 Penybont 1
Celtic replaced Maguire with Dan Davies for the second half. Carpenter shot wide. Wakeham’s cross come shot was saved by Wilson. On 55 minutes Celtic’s substitution was rewarded when Dan Davies, completely unmarked, headed Kinsella’s free kick from the right into the net at the near post.
The goal should have buoyed Celtic but it was Penybont who were spurred into action and they totally dominated the final half hour. Substitute Joe Hopkins and Georgievsky had shots cleared for corners. On 66 minutes Warlow’s cross found Cullen Kinsella who slotted an exquisite shot into the corner of the net. On 70 minutes a loose Patel back heel was pounced on by Penybont in midfield and Kinsella swopped passes with Warlow to score his 2nd goal. In a rare Celtic attack Wakeham shot over the bar after a goalmouth melee. On 78 minutes Hopkins’ shot was parried by Watkins but the ball fell straight to Georgievsky who tapped in from close range. Celtic responded with a shot from substitute Dominic Connor which was blocked by a brave smother dive from Wilson. On 88 minutes Penybont completed the rout when the Georgievsky – Kinsella combination struck once again, Kinsella delivering the coup de grace with his hat-trick goal.
Full time: Celtic 1 Penybont 5
After Penybont took the lead it was one way traffic as Kinsella and Georgievsky ripped Celtic apart with a superb display of attacking football inflicting Celtic’s worst home defeat since a 7-2 spanking by West End in September 2013. Nevertheless Celtic finished their home programme with a record of 10 wins 1 draw 4 defeats to give 31 points, which at the time of writing, is the most points at home by any team in the 1st Division, although likely to be beaten by Caerau (Ely) and Barry.
Man of the match: James Young, a typically busy performance in midfield. Substitutions: Dan Davies for Maguire 46 minutes, Connor for Penry 75, Thuillier for Cook 84. Ref watch: Another good performance from Darren Adie.
STATS: Corners: Celtic 1 Penybont 3; Shots: Celtic on target 4 off 5; Penybont on target 12 off 1