But Crespi pressured Chaminade junior quarterback Ryan Griffin into throwing one pass out of the end zone and the Celts
knocked down two other attempts, including one at the goal line on the game's final play, to hold on to a 15-7 nonleague football victory.
Despite traveling with the bare minimum of nine players due to a raft of injuries and unavailability, the Celts
got off to a cracking start in Al Ain as they toppled Qatar A by 1-2 to 0-3 in the opening group game thanks to another scorcher of a goal from Alana McConalogue.
first team had finished the 2010-2011 league season in an amazing second place in the southern region of the second division.
Welch said his comments to Ross were not only because of his strong feelings toward Crespi but also for how hard the Celts
(2-3) fought to get back in the game.
Heading into the competition with a strong squad, the Celts
were looking to get a maiden tournament victory under the belt at a venue where they came so close last year.
Bury won the tip and scored a quick basket, but the Celts
were quick to reply and, after seven minutes, had pulled a few points ahead of the away team.
cut a 15-point Huskies' lead to 29-21 after running back Austin Shanks pounded his way into the end zone from 4 yards out late in the fourth quarter.
In the midfield, Paddy Mahon is in line to be unleashed for his Celts
debut alongside club captain Joe Melia and, fresh from pitting his wits against his native county and current All Ireland champions Donegal earlier this month, his partner in crime Kieran Gallagher.
Simon "superman" Jones offered the Celts
some hopeashepulled a goal backbefore the s interval.
had lost to both teams during the regular season.
head coach Jo Coates-McGrath had her work cut out for her at half-time, trying to rally the disheartened home team and the Celts
somehow managed to come out fighting in the third period.
It was a 14-try victory for the Celts
, who raced out of the blocks to make safe the game by as early as the interval.