Christmas Charity Game
Tully Park
H-T Under 15s 0-3 “Has Beens”
F-T Under 15s 1-3 “Has Beens”

Celtic’s double winning under 15 team came up against a parents and legends side in Tully Park before Christmas in their annual encounter to raise funds for Trim Meals on Wheels. Following a run of six consecutive defeats the pressure was on the parents’ team to arrest the slide and a number of new signings were in place for this year’s showpiece. With Player Manager Paddy O’Reilly switching from his trusted 4-4-2 formation in favour of 4-4-3 , primarily because it gave him an extra player, Celtic’s old guard took the game to the Pretenders from the first whistle. This was a master stroke from O’Reilly and the extra man was telling as goals from Stephen Moriarty, Declan Gibney and Gavin Meehan put the “Has Beens” in command before parity was restored on the field. Without the numerical advantage the Under 15s came back into the game and fashioned some excellent chances but couldn’t find a way past keeper Brendan Murphy who was fighting a one man battle against his younger opponents. Early in the second half an Andrew Gibney spot kick reduced the deficit as he joined his father on the scoresheet and with ten minutes to go he had another chance from the penalty spot after John Barry hacked down Evan deCourcey Tobin in the area. As Barry was the last man a straight red card was warranted but referee David Tully wisely decided that Barry would do his team more damage if he stayed on the pitch and banished him up front for the remainder of the game. When play resumed Murphy dived to his right to save the resulting penalty and the experience of the “Has Beens” saw them see the game out without any further disaster. Thanks to the generosity of everyone there on the day almost €500 was raised for this most deserving of charities and hopefully next year will be even bigger as the lads look for revenge.