Kells Blackwater vs 2002 Boys Prem

vs
Sat 12 Mar 16
Score: 0 - 4

Match Report

Celtic produced an excellent second half display to take all three points back to Trim following an even first half in which neither side really threatened. Playing into the wind in the first half Celtic still managed to open up the home defence on a number of occasions with Andreas Lopez coming close and James Murray forcing a fingertip save from twenty yards. Kells had a couple of free kicks in dangerous areas but the game was to remain scoreless at half time. With the wind and the slight hill favouring them in the second half Celtic took the game to Kells from the whistle with Lopez making a great run through the defence but he was unable to find the finish. Evan DeCourcey Tobin then hit the post and James Murray forced an excellent save from the Kells 'keeper before narrowly heading wide from the resulting corner. Celtic knew the goal was coming and it duly arrived after 45 minutes when Lopez again picked up the ball and left three defenders in his wake before this time planting his shot wide of the 'keeper into the corner of the net. There were jubilant scenes on the touchline as this ground doesn't hold many good memories for Celtic and it got even better five minutes later when Cian Russell showed great footwork in the box to make space and he finished well into the bottom corner. Celtic were now in the ascendency and an excellent corner delivery from Andrew Gibney found DeCourcey Tobin free at the back post and he rifled his shot into the net for the third. There was still time for Luke Doyle to come off the bench to open his account for this season as Russell's shot was well saved but Doyle showed great awareness and appetite to make sure he was first to the rebound and calmly slotted home for number four. This was Celtic's first victory over Kells at the fifth time of asking and next up is the cup quarter final away to Bailieboro. Best on the day for Celtic were Lopez, DeCourcey Tobin and Russell. Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Andrew Gibney, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, Kevin McGowan, Daniel Coleman, Andreas Lopez, Conor McGinley, James Murray, Fionn McEvoy
Subs: Liam Reilly (for McGowan), Evan DeCourcey Tobin (for McGinley), Cian Russell (for McEvoy), Jack Vaughan (for Gibney), Luke Doyle (for Murray), Eoin Gaffney, Eoghan Lenehan

Ground

The Grange
Unnamed Road, Co. Meath, Ireland

Kells Blackwater