In the last two games of the 2007/8 Schoolboy season Celtic’s U14 & U15 Teams both lost their NECSL Shield Finals played at the MDL Grounds on Wednesday evening of this week.
The U14’s lost out to Kingscourt Harps by a score of 0-3 in a game in which they enjoyed long periods of midfield domination thanks in no small measure to another fine performance by Robert Sweeney. The front runners spurned numerous good chances throughout as Celtic thwarted by a spirited & at times lucky Kingscourt side that played a more direct style of football. Nick Nally & his assistants Des FitzGerald & Mark Scanlon will be left to wonder how their treble -winning side from last year failed to reach the winner’s enclosure this year but hopes are high that the disappointment of losing out will renew their determination to re-establish themselves to the number one position next term.
The U15’s (pictured here before the game) were unable to reach the level of performance of recent weeks that saw them put together a string of excellent results & despite a late rally were unable to force their final into extra time. Lewis Dowling was Celtic’s scorer late on in a 1-2 defeat by Kells. Darren Melia was one of the few on form players on the night. John Marron can look back however with great satisfaction after an impressive second half to the season, which retained Premier Division league status for his team.