NECSL Under 14 League
Trim Celtic 3 – 2 Albion Rovers
Halftime: 1 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Diarmuid Higgins 2, Colm Smith
In an entertaining first half it was Trim Celtic who created the bulk of the chances but could only hit the net once.The first real chance fell to Scott McGowan who was put through superbly by Jamie Lee but could only shoot straight at the keeper. Colm Smith, a constant thorn in the side of the Albion defence with his powerful running and neat skills then stormed through the Albion defence, rounding the keeper but couldn’t finish from a tight angle. Jamie Lee was at the heart of all things good for Celtic in the first half competing for everything and playing others through. It was Lee who had then next chance when he had a shot saved at the near post by the keeper after a surging right wing run. Albion were not without their chances and Jonathan Shaw was forced to make an exceptionally times last ditch tackle in the box as an Albion striker was bearing down on goal. Another Albion chance saw then flash a free header narrowly wide from a corner. With the half drawing to a close Diarmuid Higgins latched on to a defensive mistake to slot home from close range. Colm Smith again burst through the Albion defence but shot wide with the last chance of the half.
In the second half Celtic again had the first chance with Scott McGowan forcing the keeper to parry a well struck shot into the path of Sean Foley who’ shot was blocked on the line by an Albion defender. Albion equalised when a ball over the heads of the Celtic with an Albion player reacting quickest shooting low into the bottom corner giving keeper Shane Mooney no chance. Celtic responded with the next attack Colm Smith scoring the goal his performance deserved with a typically surging run through the Albion defence finishing to the roof of the net from eighteen yards. It was at this point that winger Scott McGowan sprung to life with several Trim Celtic attacks coming through this player. After a mazy run on the left Mc Gowan sent a beautiful cross towards Damien McGee who just couldn’t find a finish to match. Albion equalised for the second time when they broke through the Celtic defence, bearing down on keeper Mooney the ball was squared across the box for an easy tap in. The winning goal was the creation of Scott McGowan who beat two players by the corner flag before sending an inch perfect cross to Diarmuid Higgins who headed home for his second goal of the match. The game turned into a midfield battle until a couple of late chances when Colm Smith hit a first time shot just over the bar from 18 yards and keeper Shane Mooney was forced into an important block at his near post to ensure the victory for Trim Celtic.
Best for Trim Celtic were Diarmuid Higgins, Colm Smith, Jamie Lee and Damien McGee.
Trim Celtic: Shane Mooney, James Allen, Niall Farrell, Jonathan Shaw, Darren Melia, Jamie Lee, Damien McGee, Diarmuid Higgins, Sean Foley, Colm Smith, Scott McGowan.
Subs: James Hyland (for Sean Foley), Nigel Kennedy (for Diarmuid Higgins), Ryan Andrews, Sean Curran.
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