Substitute scores game’s only goal to beat Celtic

Substitute Troy Hearfield curled in a shot from the edge of the

area in the 87th minute to give the A-League’s Central Coast

Mariners a 1-0 win over Scottish league runner-up Celtic on

Saturday.

New recruit Hearfield, formerly of Wellington and Newcastle,

scored after Celtic failed to clear a cross from the left before

more than 17,000 spectators.

Celtic plays Perth Glory next Saturday and the Melbourne Victory

four days later before beginning league play in Scotland in five

weeks.

Coach Neil Lennon said he was pleased with his team’s effort

because of the short preparation time.

”The players’ condition and the quality, particularly second

half, it was a remarkable performance when you consider the week

they’ve been through,” Lennon said. ”They’ve been traveling all

the way over on Tuesday and Wednesday and then one day’s training,

played very, very well in the second half and controlled the

game.”

Police arrested 11 people for various assault charges and for

attempting to jump the fence at the former Olympic stadium, while

about 60 were ejected or refused entry due to being

intoxicated.