NECSL Under 17

Trim Celtic 2 – 0 Carrick Rovers

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NECSL Under 17

Trim Celtic 2 – 0 Carrick Rovers

Halftime: 1 – 0

Trim Celtic scorers: Eoin O’Connor, Craig O’Hanlon

Trim Celtic secured the NECSL Under 17 league title with a superb
performance against Carrick Rovers. Celtic were made toi fight all the way
for victory as Carrick defended stoutly throughout. Celtic made most of the
running in the first half and created many chances. The first chance fell to
Eoin O’Connor but he dragged his shot across the goal and wide. Craig O
Hanlon came close hitting the side netting from an acute angle. Killian Ryan
then nipped in front of the keeper cleared but had his shot cleared off the
line. Ryan was again involved in Celtic’s next chance, Alex Geraghty playing
him in to cross for Craig O’Hanlon who volleyed wide. Eventually the
deadlock was broken when the superb Stephen Jones played in inch perfect
ball to Eoin O’Connor, who rounded the keeper and this time made no mistake
with his finish from a tight angle. With James Curran busy in midfield the
Celtic defence was rarely troubled, however anything that did come through
was well defended by the excellent centre half pairing of Adam Campbell and
TJ Garry.

Celtic started the second half brightly with Craig O’Hanlon forcing a superb
finger tip save from the Carrick keeper as he curled in a shot from the
angle of the box after a typically surging left wing run. O’aHanlon was
again involved in Celtic’s next chance as his long throw was met with a firm
header by Stephen Jones which slipped through the hands of the keeper onto
the crossbar and over for a corner kick. Where as the left wing combination
was most dangerous for Celtic in the first half it was the right wing
pairing of Derek Fortune and Aaron Newman who caused the most problems for
Carrick in the second half. A sweeping move saw O’Hanlon play in Aaron
Newman who’s driven cross was smashed off the underside of the crossbar by
Killian Ryan. Another long throw by Craig O’Hanlon saw substitute David
O’Donohoe’s first touch force a fine save from the goalkeeper. Carrick were
not without their chances and had a goal disallowed for offside. Aaron
Newman flashed a shot across the goal after a jinking run before Craig
O’Hanlon robbed a defender of the ball and raced clear to finish superbly to
ease Celtic nerves. Another subsitute Paul Munnelly and Eoin O’Connor worked
hard down the left wing to run the clock down. Goalkeeper Niall Flynn played
his part with an excellent block with his feet as Carrick looked to get back
into the game. With the final whistle approaching there was still time for
Celtic to hit the bar for a third time as Derek Fortune played in O’Hanlon
who’s shot shaved the top of the cross bar.

The final whistle was greeted with great joy as Trim Celtic were crowned
champions much to the delight of Manager Mick Craig and his team, a much
deserved victory for a hard-working and dedicated team.
Celtic will go for a double next week when they play in the shield final.

Trim Celtic: Niall Flynn, Derek Fortune, Alex Geraghty, TJ Garry, Adam
Campbell, Aaron Newman, James Curran, Stephen Jones, Craig O’Hanlon, Eoin
O’Connor, Killian Ryan.

Subs: David O’Donohoe (for James Curran), Paul Munnelly (for Killian Ryan),
Anthony Gilmartin, Stephen Goulding, Keith O’Donohoe.