Kingscourt Harps vs 2002 Boys Prem

vs
Sat 20 Feb 16
Score: 2 - 2

Match Report

Celtic will consider themselves unlucky not to leave Cavan with all three points after they twice led the the home side in a game which featured two bizarre goals and plenty of talking points. Celtic started off playing into a strong wind and nearly went behind in the first minute when a long ball into the box bounced over two defenders with 'keeper Kevin Dalton clawing the ball away, only for it to fall to a Kingscourt player who shot wide. Andreas Lopez then saw a powerful shot whistle inches wide as Celtic came more into the game and after twenty minutes they went ahead fortuitously after a mix up in the Kingscourt defence. A bouncing ball in the box was volleyed away by the defender only for it to crash into the head of a team mate and spin back towards the goal ,wrong footing the 'keeper and trickling over the line. Celtic then held their own against the wind until a minute before half time when they conceded a bizarre goal of their own. A long clearance from their own half by a defender caught on the wind and bounced over Celtic 'keeper Dalton who could only watch as the ball came back off the upright to a Kingscourt forward to tap in for the equaliser. This was tough on Celtic but they still had the second half to play with the wind.
Ten minutes in, a great through ball by Evan deCourcey Tobin put James Murray through on goal but a good one handed save by the 'keeper kept him out. Murray wasn't to be denied, however, and five minutes later another good through ball, this time by Conor McGinley, sent Murray in again and this time he slipped the ball past the advancing 'keeper to put the Hoops back in front. From there Celtic were on top and a great strike from thirty yards by Andrew Gibney was inches over the crossbar and there were further half chances for Lopez and Tobin to increase the lead. Then with ten minutes to go the home side equalised when their centre forward beat Dalton to the ball and poked it goalwards. Despite the best efforts of Adam Wilson the ball crossed the line. There was a scary moment for Celtic with three minutes to go when Dalton had to dive to his right to palm away another goal bound shot and in the ensuing scramble he just managed to get his hands on the ball. While both sides will probably be happy with the draw they will also both feel they could have won it with a bit more luck. Best for Celtic were Adam Wilson, Andrew Gibney and Oran Kirby.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Andrew Gibney, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, James Murray,Daniel Coleman, Conor McGinley, Liam Reilly, Andreas Lopez, Cian Russell.
Subs: Evan deCourcey Tobin (for Russell), Eoghan Lenehan (for Reilly), Fionn McEvoy, Jack Vaughan, Eoin Gaffney, Luke Doyle.

Ground

Mount St. Joseph
Mount Saint Joseph, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Kingscourt Harps

17 Boys Div 1

James Murray
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