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Celts on glory trail to cap their great season; WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL.

Celts ................................... 62 Bury Bombers ................... 67 THE Celts Wheelchair Basketball Club's first team have qualified for the National League Finals after an incredible season that has seen them finish second in the Division Two South table, only beaten by the Bury Bombers.

This season has been the most successful one yet for the Celts. Not only are their first team heading for Sheffield for the Championship Finals, but their second team have also just won the Development Division South for the fourth time in five years.

In Sheffield they will face teams from the North Division as well as Bury Bombers to determine who will be crowned Division Two champions and which teams will gain promotion to Division One.

The Celts' final league game of the season took place in Cardiff last weekend and was one of the most exciting and hard-fought matches of the season when they faced the unbeaten Bury Bombers. 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. The match had begun at a furious pace and the Bombers came steaming back at the Celts, leaving both teams tied at 17 points each at the end of the first period.

Baskets had dropped for the Celts' Liam Holt, Caroline Matthews, Phil Cochrane, who opened his scoring with another trademark three-pointer, and Steve McGrath.

Celts' forward Matthews and the Bombers' forwards, Conroy and Hughes, were being very effective in the key and the second period was similarly high scoring.

The Bombers scored in the dying seconds of the first-half to edge the slightest of leads and went in to the half-time break 37-35 up.

The Bombers came out fighting in the third period and had put another four points on the board before the Celts could respond - but they did respond with some amazing offensive combinations.

The Bombers went into the final nail-biting period with the one-basket advantage with a 53-55 scoreline.

The Bombers won the fourth period 14-9 to win a thriller. Celts scorers: Caroline Matthews 21, Phil Cochrane 17, Liam Holt 16 and Steve McGrath 8.


* The Celts in action
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 18, 2011
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