Kentstown Rovers vs 14 Boys Prem

vs
Sat 05 Sep 15
Score: 0 - 0

Match Report

logo Trim Celtic's 14s opened their Premier Division season with an exciting scoreless draw away to a physically strong Kentstown side. In a game not short on chances at either end, Celtic were a whisker away from taking the lead on five minutes when James Murray connected sweetly with an Andrew Gibney pass. Unluckily for Celtic the ball whistled past the post but it was a sign of things to come as the Trim side enjoyed a lot of possession but just couldn't find a way past the Kentstown defence. On twenty minutes Liam Reilly managed to outfox two defenders to go clear through on goal but once again the Kentstown 'keeper, Gary Brown, was out quickly to block the well struck shot. Indeed both 'keepers showed great handling and composure throughout with Kevin Dalton making a solid debut in the Trim goal. The second half started much like the first half ended and the introduction of the lively Conor McGinley to the Celtic front line almost brought immediate rewards as he charged down a clearance and picked up the loose ball to race clear but once again the Kentstown rearguard stood tall. There was a scare for Celtic on fifty minutes when Dalton mis-controlled a back pass and had to pick up the ball under pressure from the Kentstown forwards. From the resulting indirect free kick inside the area Mark Cunningham showed great bravery to charge down the Kentstown striker to avert the danger. Cunningham was immense at the heart of the Celtic defence and took a couple of bruising knocks for his troubles. With ten minutes to go Celtic finally found a way past the Kentstown 'keeper when Andreas Lopez raced through and flicked the ball over the onrushing 'keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line. Right at the end Lopez made a run down right and sent in a excellent low cross which somehow eluded Reilly and Evan de Courcey Tobin when the slightest touch would have given Celtic the three points. Celtic , however, will be happy with the point and they keep their record of never having lost an opening day fixture intact. Best for Celtic were James Murray, Mark Cunningham, Adam Wilson and Liam Reilly. Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoghan Lenehan, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, James Murray, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Liam Reilly, Eoin Gaffney, Andreas Lopez, Andrew Gibney Subs: Conor McGinley (for Gibney), Daniel Coleman (for Lenehan),F ionn McEvoy, Kevin McGowan, Jack Vaughan, Luke Doyle

Ground

Greenstar Park
Unnamed Road, Co. Meath, Ireland

Kentstown Rovers

17 Boys Div 1