The CPR Whites kicked off a Sunday evening match against a very energetic Celtic team. Celtic’s starting 11 worked hard and pressured high to win the possession battle of the first half. Luck wasn’t in their favor, however, as CPR capitalized on one of the few opportunities that they were able to generate. Josh played a well-weighted through-ball, putting Edgar into the attacking third. He was able to get himself into the penalty area and attempt a clever flick over his defender. Helpless and off-balance, the Celtic player committed an obvious handball, and a few moments later, Kwesi calmly converted the penalty kick. The half ended 1-0 in CPR’s favor.
Demoralized by the events of the first half, Celtic fell victim to the shifting momentum. CPR manager/mastermind, Yuval made two substitutions in the 60th minute, and it wasn’t long before Pat (subbed in at left back), played a long ball to Dan (subbed in at forward), who took advantage of a Celtic miscommunication. He beat the out-rushing Celtic keeper to the ball and toe-poked in the second goal of the match. A few minutes later Kwesi showed off his power and finesse with a goal of his own, beating three Celtic defenders from the left side. He then pivoted and buried a low right-footed finish past a helpless keeper. The night was capped off by a set-piece goal. Celtic was guilty of a bad foul in a dangerous area of the field: just outside the box and almost dead center. As Kwesi lined up what was sure to be another brilliant strike, Mike cleverly stepped up and spun a lovely right-footed finish past a keeper, who was stuck on the post managing the position of his wall. It was a cheeky play, and an obvious attempt to hinder Kwesi’s quest of yet another CPR Golden Boot.
The match ended 4-0 in favor of the Rangers. The defensive effort from the backs/keeper was solid, and the talented/technical group of midfielders and forwards found the back of the net multiple times. Spirits are high and confidence is up on the CPR bench, which is surely bad news to the rest of the league.
Team: Ben, Kwesi, Matt, Robbo, Nick, Josh, Mike, Eli, Riso, Edgar, Alex. Subs: Dan Z, Pat O