The 14 Premier Boys captured their second successive NECSL league title last month. They went through the short season unbeaten but in the first long calendar year season it would be a tall order to expect the same. But this is no ordinary team and they’ve only just gone and done it again, this time only dropping four points (2 draws) all season, a phenomenal achievement. Below is the story of their league season:
The season started with a 5-2 victory over Johnstown at the MDL with five different scorers: James Molloy, David Boyle, Kris Gorman, Conor O’Hare and Sean McDonnell. The sharing of goals was a constant theme as 12 different players got on the score sheet with 4 hitting double figures in all competitions. Next up was Parkvilla Blue at Watters Lane who had won their first game convincingly, but an early David Boyle goal settled the nerves with James Molloy added a second after just 21 minutes in a match that ended 2-0. A first home match of the season was to come as Celtic welcomed Kells-Blackwater to the MDL. The visitors had beaten Johnstown by a similar score to Celtic in their previous game, so their capabilities were well known in advance. Again, the Hoops bolted out of the blocked with Kris Gorman giving them the lead in the very first minute with James Molloy scoring his third goal in consecutive matches in the 12th minute. A superb second half lob by Ben Kavanagh rounded up the scoring.
Kentstown were the next team to face the wrath of the Trim boys. James Molloy continued his 100% scoring record while braces for Ciaran Caulfield, Conor O’Hare, and Sean McDonnell along with goals for Aaron McCormack, David Boyle and Kris Gorman and an OG made up the scoring. With regular keeper David Curran away, David Boyle and Sean Tully donned the mitts for a half each as they both kept a clean sheet.
The four-game winning run came to an end in an action shy goalless draw vs Parkvilla Claret at Watters Lane. It was back to the MDL to play Parkceltic Summerhill next as the only two unbeaten teams in the league faced off. In a game of two halves David Boyle gave Trim the lead but Parkceltic equalised in the second half to ensure the neither teams copybook was blotted.
After a 3 month break the boys returned to action in August and showed no signs of rustiness to dispatch Kentstown Rovers with goals from Conor O’Hare (2), Ciaran Caulfield, David Boyle, Blake Gibbons, Kris Gorman, James Molloy, Wesley Gibbons and Conor Gray. Two goals in two minutes set the tone for a high scoring match as the boys returned to Tully Park for the first time. Ciaran Caulfield helped himself to 5 goals, Conor O’Hare got 4, there was a brace for Kris Gorman and further goals for Sean McDonnell and Conor Gray. Parkvilla Blue were the next visitors to Tully Park with Conor O’Hare (2), Sean McDonnel & James Molloy on target in a 4-0 win. On the 30th September a decisive match took place which pitted Celtic against the recently crowned Cup winners Parkceltic Summerhill. Ciaran Caulfield gave Trim the lead, but this lead was cancelled out on the stroke of halftime, however Kris Gorman popped up with the winner in the second half to give Celtic a major boost in the title race. In the penultimate game of the season the Hoops travelled to the Grange to face Kells-Blackwater. Ciaran Caulfield gave Trim the led from the penalty spot with Conor Gray adding a second before the break and Conor O’Hare adding a third in the second half.
Celtic went into the final game of the season needed a point to clinch the league title. In a nervy affair top scorer Conor O’Hare headed home the game’s only goal with the final whistle greeted by both relief and celebration as the team finished the league season unbeaten with ten wins and two draws.
Gerard, Rob and the squad you should be very proud of your unique achievements as we at the club most certainly are…well done.
14 Premier Boys League Record 2017