2002 Boys Div 1 vs 2002 Boys Prem

Sat 09 Apr 16
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

Trim Celtic's Premier team came out on top in this eagerly awaited NECSL cup semi-final in Navan. In typical derby fashion the opening exchanges were fast and furious with no quarter asked or given by either side. In a very tight first half chances were at a premium with Premier forward Conor McGinley forcing a good save from Div 1 'keeper Peter Brennan. Later on some good interchanges down the right hand side between McGinley and Evan deCourcey Tobin led to a chance for Liam Reilly but an unfortunate bobble led to the chance being screwed wide. The Div. 1 side had a few chances from free kicks in dangerous areas but Premier 'keeper Kevin Dalton was flawless in the Premier goal showing great handling on every occasion he was tested.
With the first half ending scoreless, both teams would have fancied their chances as the game wore on and the Div. 1 side were unlucky not to hit the front when some great footwork from Sean Foley in the penalty area almost produced the opener. With James Murray a constant threat up front, the Premier team were starting to build up some momentum and another good save by Brennan kept Murray at bay. Despite creating the better chances from open play it was set pieces which were to provide the goals for the Premier team with Mark Cunningham in particular delivering dangerous corners. On 52 minutes it was one of these deliveries into the danger area that led to the opening goal with the energetic deCourcey Tobin heading home to put the Premier team in front. Ten minutes later there was a sense of deja vu as an almost carbon copy of the first goal led to the Premier team doubling their advantage with deCourcey Tobin stooping at the far post to head home and effectively end the contest. There were a few nervous moments for the Premier team as they gave away a succession of free kicks in dangerous areas but once again Dalton was equal to everything thrown at him and it showed why this defence has only conceded in one match since November last year. Overall there was very little to choose between the two teams with maybe only the experience of playing at a higher level giving the Premier team the advantage. The recent improvement in the Div.1 team, who knocked out two Premier teams prior to this match, is a testament to their managers and they will be well placed to bring home some silverware when they kick off their Major Shield next week. For the Premier team it's champions elect Parkvilla next week, with the Navan side looking to remain unbeaten for the season, followed by a tough assignment away to Enfield in the Premier Shield the following Monday. Best for the Premier side on the day were Kevin Dalton, Evan deCourcey Tobin and Daniel Coleman with Peter Brennan, Adam Dunne and Sean Foley shining for the Div.1 side.
Trim Celtic Premier: Kevin Dalton, Andrew Gibney, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, Andreas Lopez, Daniel Coleman, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Liam Reilly, James Murray, Conor McGinley
Subs: Cian Russell (for Reilly), Eoin Gaffney (for Gibney), Fionn McEvoy, Jack Vaughan, Kevin McGowan, Luke Doyle, Eoghan Lenehan


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

2002 Boys Div1

17 Boys Div 1