13 Boys Prem vs Johnstown

vs
Sat 19 Sep 15
Score: 6 - 3

Match Report

Trim Celtic Gunners got their season off to a winning start at the MDL with a fine win over Johnstown. The Gunners were slow to start and paid the price against a spirited Johnstown side that already had played 2 league games. Celtic seemed nervous and Johnstown raced into a 2-0 lead with a goal in the 10th and 12th minutes following uncharacteristic mistakes in the Gunners back line. As the half developed the Gunners started to play a bit more confidently and deservedly pulled one back when a through ball from Aaron McCormack found Josh Harris on the edge of the box who shot to the back of the net. The same combination almost had the Gunners level 3 minutes later when Josh Harris headed over from a cross from Aaron McCormack. The Gunners were now looking more dangerous with each attack and but for a few borderline offside calls could have had a few more goals. With half time approaching Johnstown stretched their lead to 3-1 against the run of play. Despite this the feeling was that the Gunners were still in this game and that they would create more chances in the 2nd half. They didn’t have long to wait to reduce the deficit when a superb pass from Kris Gorman found Josh Harris who slotted home to bring them back into the game in the 38th minute. The Trim side were really on top now and drew level 2 minutes later when Josh Harris completed his hat-trick with a header from a corner. At this stage it looked like there would be only 1 winner when Ciaran Caulfield put the Gunners in front following a pass by Aaron McCormack before grabbing his second goal in the 53rd minute after a well taken free by David Boyle. The Gunners could have made it 6 in the 58th minute when substitute Evan Kennedy hit the crossbar following a goalmouth scramble, but they did get a 6th in the last minute when Harry Cottrell played a long free from his own half and David Boyle raced clear to confidently beat the Johnstown keeper. This completed a tremendous comeback from the Gunners who were the dominant team in the 2nd half and could have won by more if they had been a little bit sharper in front of goals, however this should come when they get a few more games under their belts. There will be tougher matches ahead, starting next Saturday when we are away to Drogheda Town in the SFAI Cup. Best for the Gunners were, Joey Cole and David Boyle in midfield, Ciaran Caulfield and Aaron McCormack on the wings, and Josh Harris who was starting for the 1st time in a new position of centre forward. Trim Celtic: James Bourke, Shaun Mulryan, James Molloy, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Wesley Gibbons Subs: Blake Gibbons, Sean Tully, Kian Oliver, Evan Kennedy

Ground

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

16 Boys Prem Green

Johnstown