Trim Celtic U15 Premier side won the NECSL Cup final after an excellent 4-0 win over a determined Parkvilla side.
Celtic came into the final on the back of a 14 game winning streak. However, as with most finals they took their time to make their mark on the game. The first half was a tight affair as both teams worked hard to create openings. It was Celtic who had the best of the first half chances as Conor O’Hare, Sean Mc Donnell, James Molloy and Jared Akigbesote all came close. The game remained scoreless at half time.
Celtic’s bench was to play a huge part in the final result as Ciaran Caulfield, Blake Gibbons and Joey Cole were all introduced at half time. Within minutes of the restart, Blake Gibbons found Sean Mc Donnell in space and the dangerous wide man rifled a shot from outside the box into the top corner to take the lead.
Shortly afterwards, Mc Donnell nearly doubled the lead but for some good goalkeeping from the Parkvilla man. Caulfield was attacking at every opportunity and last year’s top scorer turned provider with two inch perfect passes to setup both Mc Donnell and Akigbesote. Both lads failed to find the target as the game remained in the balance.
An outstanding Man of the Match performance from Alan Costello ensured Celtic looked solid at the back. And it wasn’t until the last few minutes when Celtic finished the game in style with 3 goals in as many minutes. The second goal of the game came after Caulfield and Molloy exchanged passes on the left. Caulfield found a yard of space in the box and finished in style into the bottom corner. The goal was a sucker punch to Parkvilla who worked hard throughout. The third and fourth goals belonged to the captain Conor O’Hare. His first which is becoming something of a trademark finish. A perfect long range effort from that dangerous left foot. And his second and the fourth of the game came from more good work from Caulfield on the left. O’Hare pounced on the Parkvilla confusion in the box to arrow a shot into the bottom left corner to take his tally to 10 goals for the season.
The win completes a fantastic league and cup double and keeps the 100% record going. Celtic will look to advance further in both the Shield and SFAI cup.
Squad: David Boyle, Sean Tully, Aaron Mc Cormack, Wes Gibbons, Alan Costello, Kris Gorman, Harry Cottrell, James Molloy, Jared Akigbesote, Conor O’Hare, Sean Mc Donnell, Blake Gibbons, Joey Cole, Ciaran Caulfield
Cup Final MOTM: Alan Costello