Report: Shaw Lane 1-0 Farsley Celtic
Report by Mark Rawlinson
Farsley Celtic suffered their first defeat of the new season after falling to a 1-0 loss at fellow Evo-Stik Premier new boys Shaw Lane on Monday.
A second half goal from former Celt Damian Reeves just seconds after coming on as a substitute, was enough to hand Adam Lakeland’s side their first competitive loss.
The visitors were the better side in the opening 45 minutes and could have had a penalty in the opening minutes as left back Isaac Baldwin seemed to be chopped down in the penalty area but referee Ian Johnston waved away the protests.
Ex Shaw Lane player Adam Priestley had two good chances for Farsley in the opening stages, firstly heading just over after good work from Paul Walker down the left on seven minutes, before lashing a shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle 10 minutes later.
In between those chances, Paul Clayton came very close to putting the hosts ahead at the other end but dragged his shot just wide of the upright on 11 minutes.
Then on 33 minutes, Farsley’s top scorer James Walshaw squared in a really dangerous low cross from the left which was deflected towards his own goal by former Farsley man Ryan Serrant, but the left-back managed to scramble the ball away from danger.
The Celts were continuing to apply the pressure and had a succession of corners just before the break, however Darlington loanee Nathan Cartman headed the final one just over as he was unable to send Farsley in ahead.
On 57 minutes, Baldwin fired in a pin-point cross towards Walshaw, another former Shaw Lane player, who was just inches away from directing the ball goal-wards for what would have been a certain goal.
But the wasted chances came back to bite the visitors as the Barnsley side struck the opener on 71 minutes. Less than a minute after coming on, former Farsley and Altrincham goal-poacher Reeves took advantage of a defensive slip-up to put his side ahead.
Then four minutes later, Ryan Qualter could have doubled Shaw Lane’s lead but from a free kick he fired straight at Graeme McKibbin.
Celtic had a flurry of late chances which could have secured them a draw. Firstly on 85 minutes a deep cross was delivered in which Adam Clayton looked to head back across goal but it turned into a looping attempt towards goal, which to the relief of ‘keeper Jon Stewart clipped the bar.
Then on 90 minutes, Stewart made a marvellous save to deny Ben Atkinson from point blank range before the ball fell to sub Ryan Watson who fired just over from just inside the box.
Deep into stoppage time, Farsley were given another great chance to pinch a point with a free kick just outside the area, however Walshaw wastefully blasted his attempt over the bar.
Shaw Lane: Stewart, Bemba Leta, Serrant, Keiron Lugsden, Kelvin Lugsden, Qualter, Byrne (Chippindale 61), Harris, Clayton, Norris (Reeves 70), Walker (Abadaki 90+2).
Subs not used: Lenigan, Chilaka.
Farsley Celtic: McKibbin, Porritt (Deacey 77), Baldwin, C Atkinson, Pollard, Clayton, Priestley (Watson 77), B Atkinson, Walshaw Cartman, Walker (Marshall 77).
Subs not used: Parkin, Trenery.
Referee: Ian Johnston