UEFA Europa League
Previous
Astana 1964
Villarreal
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Legia Warsaw
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Moscow
Omonia Nicosia
3:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ruch Chorzow
Metalist Kharkiv
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rapid Vienna
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Qarabag
Twente Enschede
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
AEL
Tottenham Hotspur
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhter Soligorsk
4:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Karabükspor
St Etienne
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Elfsborg
Rio Ave
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
CD Nacional de Madeira
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Petrolul Ploiesti
Dinamo Zagreb
5:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Debrecen
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
Lokomotiv Moscow
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Zorya Luhansk
Feyenoord Rotterdam
5:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trabzonspor
Rostov
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Panathinaikos
FC Midtjylland
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
PEC Zwolle
Sparta Prague
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Zimbru Chisinau
PAOK Salonika
6:05 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Spartak Trnava
FC Zürich
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Partizan Belgrade
Neftchi Baku PFC
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers Zürich
Club Brugge
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Asteras Tripolis
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Krasnodar
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
RNK Split
Torino
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lyon
FK Astra Giurgiu
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Hull City
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Borussia Monchengladbach
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Rijeka
Sheriff Tiraspol
7:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sassuolo
Cittadella
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Espana
Municipal
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Belmopan Bandits
Metapan
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Inti Gas Deportes
Caracas F.C.
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Danubio F.C.
8:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Barcelona
Alianza Lima
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trujillanos
Independiente del Valle
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Millonarios
César Vallejo
12:50 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Universidad Católica
River Plate
12:50 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Goiás EC
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Gremio
ESPN3 11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 2, 2011

Celtic slip-up Down Under

Celtic lost the first match of their Australian tour 1-0 after gifting Central Coast Mariners a late goal.

• Celtic blog: Good workout for the Bhoys

A poor clearance from substitute Joe Ledley allowed Josh Hearfield to fire home in the 86th minute. Celtic came closest in injury-time when Gary Hooper saw a shot cleared off the line before a penalty claim was denied.

Neil Lennon handed Adam Matthews and Kelvin Wilson their first taste of action for the club as his team failed to find a cutting edge despite superior possession.

Former Cardiff full-back Matthews put in an accomplished display in the first half and unleashed a powerful long throw on several occasions, while Wilson made some decent interventions.

Celtic fans appeared to outnumber the Mariners support in a crowd of around 25,000 in the neutral ANZ Stadium in Sydney as their team began their pre-season campaign six weeks to the day after their Scottish Cup final triumph over Motherwell.

Lennon left out Thomas Rogne and Charlie Mulgrew as a precaution after they reported stiff muscles, while Kris Commons remained on the bench for the same reason.

Daniel Majstorovic, Georgios Samaras, Cha Du-ri and Ki Sung-yueng are still to join up with their team-mates following international commitments, while Emilio Izaguirre is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Matthews started at right-back, forcing Mark Wilson to switch to the left, while former Nottingham Forest centre-back Wilson lined up alongside Glenn Loovens, with Lukasz Zaluska in goal.

Richie Towell started in right midfield with James Forrest on the left flank outside Scott Brown and Beram Kayal. Shaun Maloney and Daryl Murphy started up front.

Injury deprived Lennon of the chance to see 18-year-old Mariners midfielder Mustafa Amini, who has been recommended to the Hoops boss.

The Australian side featured Michael McGlinchey, who began his career at Celtic Park, and former Falkirk striker Daniel McBreen.

Celtic carved out the first chance when Mark Wilson intercepted a pass and slipped the ball through for Murphy, but the striker's touch allowed the goalkeeper to smother.

Murphy was soon handed another chance after a clever pass over the top from Kayal allowed Forrest to cross, but the former Sunderland striker glanced the ball wide.

Celtic moved the ball about quickly without breaking last season's A-League Grand Final runners-up down, and Mariners came into the game towards the break.

Kelvin Wilson did well to block a strike from Mariners newcomer Adriano Pellegrino, who was linked with Celtic last year before having a trial with Motherwell.

Lennon brought on Paddy McCourt, Anthony Stokes and Hooper for the second half. Matthews, Kayal and Murphy came off with Towell moving to right-back and Maloney dropping into midfield.

Celtic stepped up a gear immediately after the break without carving out a real chance, but Mariners settled down and Celtic soon had a big escape when Pellegrino was off target with a free header from a good position.

Ledley then replaced Maloney before Dominic Cervi came on for Zaluska.

Forrest fired a yard over from just outside the box, but Hearfield then found the top corner after Ledley failed to deal with a low cross from the left.

Ledley almost made amends when he flicked the ball into Hooper's path but the striker's finish was cleared off the line.

Stokes played the ball back in before claiming for handball and caught the ball in expectation of a penalty.

But none was forthcoming, just a free-kick for the Mariners, who held out for the victory.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.