Kells Blackwater vs 2003 Boys Prem

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Sat 16 Apr 16
Score: 1 - 1

Match Report

In a dogged match played in near perfect conditions Trim Celtic advanced from this preliminary round Shield match away to Kells Blackwater Red. This match followed a similar pattern to the earlier league match between the teams that had finished scoreless. There were very few chances early on in and the first of note fell to Kris Gorman when Ciaran Caulfield laid the ball into his path but his shot was pushed out for a corner. James Bourke made a fine save in the 27th minute from the only chance that Kells had in the first half. Celtic had 2 further half chances just before half time, one from a shot from stand in centre forward James Molloy and another from a header from Ciaran Caulfield which was comfortably saved by the Kells keeper. In truth, Celtic were quite flat in this half and needed to up the intensity of their performance in the 2nd half. Kian Oliver came on at half time for James Molloy, who was carrying a knock from near the end of the 1st half. Celtic did improve in the 2nd half but chances were still few and far between. Ciaran Caulfield did have a shot in the 39th minute and a minute later Joey Cole had his shot saved by the keeper with Aaron Mc Cormack’s shot from the rebound flying over the bar. It just seemed like it was going to be one of those days where one goal would settle the match. The last 20 minutes were played out without any further clear cut chances and both teams settling for extra time. Celtic again started well in extra time hoping to avoid having to go to the lottery of penalties. Celtic got their reward for the bright start 2 minutes into extra time when Ciaran Caulfield raced through onto a pass and rounded the advancing keeper to finish with aplomb to the net. At this stage this looked like it would be enough to put Celtic through however with the clocking ticking and just 2 minutes remaining Kells scored a fortuitous equaliser when a speculative long range lob was deflected in over the Celtic keeper. The final 2 minutes were played out and then it was on to penalties. Kells went first and scored, but then missed 2 of their next 3 penalties, one a brilliant save from James Bourke. With Celtic having scored their first 3 penalties through Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole and David Boyle, Kris Gorman stepped up knowing that if he scored Celtic were through to the next round. Kris duly placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner to put Celtic through. In a thoroughly disciplined defensive display, both keepers Shaun Mulryan and James Bourke were solid throughout, Wes Gibbons and Harry Cottrell were immense in the centre of defence and Joey Cole gave another commanding performance in the middle of the park. Next up for Celtic is OMP in the MDL on Tuesday night in the next round of the Shield followed by a return trip to play Kells next Saturday for a crucial league match. Trim Celtic: James Bourke, James Molloy, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Sean Tully, Wesley Gibbons. Subs: Shaun Mulryan (for Bourke), Kian Oliver (for Molloy), Evan Kennedy (for McCormack)

Ground

The Grange
Unnamed Road, Co. Meath, Ireland

Kells Blackwater

16 Boys Prem Green