Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Donegal Celtic 3 Glenavon 3

If Donegal Celtic survive in the Carling Premiership this season, the club’s tale will be one of silver screen proportion.

Once again at the weekend the wee hoops scored three block-buster goals and conceded as many B-movie horrors in a script that ran overtime with a nail-biting conclusion.

Two injury-time goals provided no winner and saw Gary Hamilton steal a 93rd minute equaliser after he came off the bench to torture the home defence.

Conor Glenholmes thought he had won the game for Celtic when he sent the ball past Glenavon goalkeeper Andrew Plummer in the 92nd minute.

Just seconds later Hamilton secured a point when he tapped in a goal-bound looping header from Brendan Shannon.

Earlier Ryan Henderson had put Celtic in front in the 45th minute only for that to be wiped out by Willo McDonagh four minutes into the second-half.

Mark Dickson put DC in front again on 57 minutes, but seven minutes later it was all-square again thanks to Mark Miskimmin.

The misery for Celtic boss Paddy Kelly was tempered a little by Newry City’s defeat to Glentoran. City, bottom of the table and trailing Celtic by two points, are visitors to Celtic Park this weekend.

Kelly, who publicly criticised his players following their recent submission to Glentoran, said: “It was a case of mixed emotions, frustration and pride. One minute I thought we had won the game and the next the points were cruelly taken away from us. I got what I wanted from the players — a performance full of passion, energy and effort.

“After the performance against Glentoran the response from the entire squad was exactly what we wanted.”

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