Farsley Celtic managed to preserve their unbeaten start to the season with a dramatic last gasp
equaliser against newly promoted South Shields.
Farsley sliced through the South Shields defence and should’ve taken an early lead within the first
two minutes. Player/head coach Clayton Donaldson mistimed his left-footed strike and blazed it over
after he was picked out well by his strike partner Darren Stephenson.
Paul Blackett was on the end of South Shields’ first meaningful attack of the game, but his flick with
the outside of his boot from close range hit the side netting.
Leban made another impressive save to add to his growing collection in his first few games for
Farsley. He managed to tip Aaron Martin’s strike over the bar that was destined for the top corner
after a neat move down the left-hand side from the visitors.
Aaron Martin had his head in his hands on the stroke of half-time as he wondered how he didn’t
manage to hit the target with his header from close range after the ball was flashed into box.
Farsley started the second half the better team, Donaldson found himself with space on the edge of
the box, but his shot was off target.
Farsley had another chance ten minutes into the half, Tom Allan managed to flick Jack Leckie’s
freekick into the path of Donaldson, but he was unable to direct his header either side of Myles
Boney in the South Shields’ goal.
The visitors then took the lead on the hour mark as Blackett found space down the right flank and
managed to deliver a pinpoint low cross in to Lirak Hasani at the back post who was there to sweep
the ball home from close range.
The Celts nearly found an equaliser when George Smith found substitute Ben Atkinson with a
perfectly weighted pass through the heart of the South Shields defence. Atkinson was able to lay it
off to Stephenson with a clever flick, but his shot was saved well by the keeper.
Stephenson had another chance to equalise with just over 15 minutes to go. He did well to latch
onto a sloppy back-pass and shifted the ball onto his left-foot, but he scuffed his shot wide.
Farsley continued to push for an equaliser. Rudy Misambo managed to climb highest to reach Ryan
Watson’s corner, but he couldn’t keep his header down.
The Celts didn’t give up there and got a golden opportunity to equalise in stoppage time when
Donaldson won his side a penalty after he managed to nip in and get a touch on the ball before the
Substitute Ben Atkinson made no mistake, converting from 12-yards when he drilled penalty his
down the middle to earn the Celts a well-deserved point.
Farsley Celtic will be looking to extend this unbeaten run when they make the long trip south to play
Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.