Despite a hatful of chances Stalybridge Celtic could only manage a point at Bower Fold in their opening Vanamara League North opening game of the season on Tuesday night.
The Bradford Park Avenue Keeper Jon Stewart was the busiest of the two keepers. The first goal of the game came on 34 minutes after intense pressure by Celtic, Jack higgins scored with a fine backwards header over the advancing Bradford Park Avenue Keeper.
The visitors were stirred into action by the Celtic goal and almost immediately equalised, when former Celt Michael Potts went close, his shot clipping the crossbar. Unfortunately for Celtic moments later just before half time, he was free again with an excellent turn in the box in the box and through a narrrow angle he equlised leaving Tony McMillan no chance.
The second half saw a continuation of pressure on the Bradford Park Avenue goal as celtic looked for a winner
Bradford Park avenue's Luke Dean saw red after a string of fouls throughout the game, including, impressively, fouling three Celtic players in as many seconds and the time he brought down Jack Higgins, the ref had had enough, and showed him a second yellow.
As the game went into the final five minutes there cwere a number of chances for Celtic to wrap the game up, Dixon forced Stewart into another point blank save with a pin point header that had the Avenue keeper changing direction in the air to tip the ball away. A Chalmers’s free kick was agonizingly wide and at the death, Dale Wright had a great opportunity to bag a deserved three points, but shot wide of the goal, the game ending 1-1
A good opening performance by Celtic who should have taken full points!