14 Boys Prem vs Oldcastle

vs
Sat 12 Sep 15
Score: 3 - 2

Match Report

Liam Reilly was the match winner as Trim Celtic twice came from behind in a pulsating premier league match in Navan. Reilly volleyed home from close range from an excellent Andreas Lopez cross to bring the points back to Trim and move them up to second in the table. The game began brightly for Oldcastle as they used their strength and a strong wind to push Celtic back and only some astute awareness from 'keeper Kevin Dalton kept them at bay. However there was nothing he could do about the opener as the Oldcastle goalscorer picked the ball up on the halfway line and evaded the best efforts of three Celtic defenders to find the net. This seemed to spur Celtic into life and they were level within a minute as Conor McGinley and Eoin Gaffney combined brilliantly to send the latter through to score his first league goal for the club. Gaffney is rapidly developing into one the best crossers of the ball in the league and he has really benefitted from pushing forward from his old position of right back. Despite showing great resilience Celtic were to succumb to a second goal before half time and indeed were fortunate not to be further behind at the interval as Oldcastle used the wind to great effect.
The second half was a different story as the wind made it difficult for Oldcastle to get out of their own half and Celtic could have been level within a minute of the re-start when James Murray picked the ball up from a throw in and curled in a right footed shot which just cleared the crossbar. Murray wasn't to be denied and on fifty minutes he rose highest to head home an Eoin Gaffney corner to level the game. A few minutes later Celtic were grateful to their 'keeper as Dalton showed great agility diving to his left to push out a goal bound shot with a strong left arm. There were further chances for Celtic to take the lead with Evan deCourcey Tobin firing over from twenty yards and Conor McGinley hitting the post before Reilly pounced for the winner. Celtic survived a scare in the closing minutes as the referee awarded Oldcastle a free kick on the edge of the box but the shot sailed harmlessly wide. There were great cheers at the final whistle as the large Trim crowd rightly applauded the lads off the pitch. It was a great squad effort with all sixteen players playing their part as the substitutes had to carry on the hard work of players who were tiring. The result leaves Celtic second at this early stage with an away game against early pacesetters Parkvilla to come on Saturday. Best for Celtic were Kevin Dalton, Liam Reilly, Jack Vaughan and Conor McGinley.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Jack Vaughan, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, James Murray, Andreas Lopez, Eoin Gaffney, Liam Reilly, Luke Doyle, Conor McGinley
Subs: Eoghan Lenehan (for Vaughan), Evan deCourcey Tobin (for Doyle), Fionn McEvoy (for Gaffney), Kevin McGowan (for McGinley), Andrew GIbney (for Reilly)

Ground

MDL Grounds
Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Oldcastle Utd