An entertaining pre-season friendly ends all-square at Gretna's Raydale Park

A soggy evening but a relatively firm pitch greets the two teams over the border. For Celtic Nation Paul Arnison and Adam Boyd are the standout names in their starting eleven, while for Carlisle Pat Brough, Jack Lynch and Alex Salmon being either ill or carrying knocks means that the Blues field a young side that also contains first year professional Josh Todd.

 

2 mins - Adam Boyd 20-yard curler easily caught by United goalkeeper Jordan Parker.

4 mins - Carlisle trialist Greg Peel forces a good save out of Nation stopper Dan Lowson away to his left with a low 18-yard strike.

5 mins - Peel shoots over the bar from the edge of the box.

6 mins - Ian Cumisky drive from 18 yards out goes wide of Parker's near-post.

9 mins - Boyd shot from just outside Carlisle penalty area held by Parker.

13 mins - Bradley Staunch foul on Marc Shiel on left, Steven Skinner swings free-kick in for Celtic, ball bounces around heading goalwards before Jake Chisholm hooks clear.

15 mins - Matthew Reed gives ball away for Celtic, Kyle Dempsey pass through for Connor Thomson, well placed toe-poked finish from 12 yards out into top corner leaves Lowson with no chance, 0-1.

19 mins - Reed limps off after being the victim of an earlier challenge from Peel, Lee Hoolickin comes on in his place.

20 mins - Steven Archibald pass through, Skinner runs on before chipping advancing Parker neatly from 10 yards out for a well taken equaliser, 1-1.

29 mins - Dempsey 20-yard shot goes behind off Paul Arnison, Tom Berwick corner produces nothing for Carlisle.

31 mins - Boyd away down right-hand channel but lashes 18-yard drive away over the top.

32 mins - Josh Todd off for United as an injury precaution, Danny Dixon comes on.

32 mins - Dempsey and Peel both have half-chances blocked in the Celtic box as Carlisle put the pressure on.

33 mins - Archibald cracks a half-volley from distance well over Parker's crossbar.

40 mins - Hoolickin to Skinner to Shiel, 20-yard curler goes narrowly over angle of Parker's far-post and bar.

43 mins - Boyd pounces on a loose ball and takes a quick touch but then thumps his half-volley from the United 'D' over the top.

45 mins - Brandon Gwinnutt fouls Shiel on the left, Skinner sends the 35-yard free-kick in for David Wallace at the far-post to head back across goal and into the far corner of the Blues net from 10 yards out, 2-1.

 

 

46 mins - Before the restart Celtic Nation bring off Steven Archibald, Paul Arnison, Adam Boyd, Marc Shiel, Steven Skinner and David Wallace and bring on Marc Butler, Dean Douglas, Ryan Errington, Michael Reed, Tyran Taylor and Craig Wilson.

46 mins - Before the restart Carlisle take off Jake Chisholm, Greg Peel and Brad Staunch and replace them with Evan McEvoy, Jamie Clarey and Dillon Morse respectively.

48 mins - Ryan Errington shot from 20 yards goes over Parker's crossbar.

55 mins - Brittain cross in from right, Errington 12-yard header flicked across goal and goes narrowly wide of Parker's right-hand post.

59 mins - Brittain cross in from right, Reed side-footed volley from 10 yards out goes straight at Parker.

60 mins - Dempsey shoots over from 25 yards out.

62 mins - Carlisle make a substitution as Declan Watson is replaced by Danny Hodgson.

63 mins - Celtic make a double change in personnel as Ian Milburn comes on in goal for Lowson and Graham Anthony replaces David Lynn.

65 mins - Hoolickin half-volley from 15 yards out on a tight angle down the left sliced wide of the target.

75 mins - Hodgson sends Dixon away down the right-hand channel, Dixon then cuts ball back, Hodgson lifted shot across from 15 yards out loops onto the top of Milburn's net.

76 mins - Wilson cross in from the right, Errington 10-yard header flicked across goal and goes inches wide of Parker's right-hand post.

79 mins - Hodgson cross deep to Nation back-post, Clarey unmarked 5 yards out somehow heads wide of the goal.

80 mins - Ball from trialist Connor Thomson sends Clarey away down the left, runs in and his shot from 8 yards out loops up off Milburn and Taylor, Clarey then heads goalwards only for Butler attempting to clear to nod the effort onto the bar. When the ball drops down though Hodgson is in the right place for Carlisle to toe-poke a close range shot home into the net, 2-2.

80 mins - Before the kick-off United make the final substitution of the night as Watson comes back on and Thomson goes off.

83 mins - Douglas chip on his weaker right foot from 18 yards out parried away from under his crossbar by Parker who then dives on the ball ahead of the running in Errington.

86 mins - Reed to Douglas, shot over the top from 20 yards out.

87 mins - Poor kick out off the floor by Parker, Errington runs in but his 20-yard drive pings away behind off McEvoy. Anthony's corner in breaks out to Butler but his shot from just outside the Carlisle box flashes wide.


So, an action-packed pre-season friendly finishes 2-2 with both sides putting the full effort in as they look to work towards their fitness. Carlisle doing well to hold their older and much more experienced counterparts who always had that bit of class forward, United's next warm-up match now coming at Penrith in a 2pm kick-off at Frenchfields on Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Celtic Nation line-up :

Dan Lowson (off 63), Paul Arnison (off 46), Matthew Reed (off 19), David Lynn (off 63), David Wallace (off 46), Ian Cumisky, Steven Skinner (off 46), Martin Brittain, Steven Archibald (off 46), Adam Boyd (off 46), Marc Shiel (off 46).

Substitutes :

Lee Hoolickin (on 19), Craig Wilson (on 46), Ryan Errington (on 46), Dean Douglas (on 46), Marc Butler (on 46), Tyran Taylor (on 46), Michael Reed (on 46), Ian Milburn (GK) (on 63), Graham Anthony (on 63).

 

United line-up :

Jordan Parker, Brandon Gwinnutt, Dale Minor, Brad Staunch (Dillon Morse 46), Jake Chisholm (Evan McEvoy 46), Josh Todd (Danny Dixon 32), Tom Berwick, Kyle Dempsey, Connor Thomson (Declan Watson 80), Greg Peel (Jamie Clarey 46), Declan Watson (Danny Hodgson 62).

Unused substitute :

Lewis Brass (GK).

 

 

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