2002 Boys Prem vs Parkvilla

Sat 30 Apr 16
Score: 0 - 1

Match Report

Celtic's quest for silverware came up short in heart-breaking circumstances at the MDL on Cup Final Saturday as Parkvilla completed their league and cup double. Parkvilla took the lead fifteen minutes in when a cross caught on the wind and sailed over Celtic 'keeper Kevin Dalton into the top corner. There was some confusion as the linesman initially flagged for offside only to be correctly over-ruled by the referee and the goal stood. Celtic then covered every inch of grass to make sure their opponents could not add to their lead before half-time.
The second half was a different game as Celtic, with the strong wind behind them, threw everything at Parkvilla in the hope of an equaliser and it was one-way traffic with Parkvilla struggling to get out of their half at times. With Liam Reilly setting the tone up front by chasing down every single ball and Conor McGinley and Daniel Coleman snapping up the ball in midfield Celtic had large amounts of possession and with five minutes to go were planted in the Parkvilla half. Then a Mark Cunningham corner was met by the head of James Murray and looked in all the way only to strike the crossbar. Amazingly Celtic then hit the bar for the second time in five minutes when a long driven free kick from Cunningham struck the woodwork and with it went Celtic's last chance.
It cannot be put into words how much work and desire has been put in by these players as they try to compete at the top end of the table with basically the same group of players since they started at U8s. Everything they have achieved so far has been through their own hard work and the fantastic team spirit and belief they have in each other and while it may not be to the liking of some coaches who prefer their brand of football to be more pleasing on the eye, guts and determination have to count for something and we are immensely proud of every one of them and all they done so far. To go through a cup campaign only conceding one goal and not win something is very hard to take but we will take it on the chin and come back stronger next year. Every player, whether they played yesterday or not , have played a part in our story and we're not finished yet.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Andrew Gibney, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Daniel Coleman, Andreas Lopez, Conor McGinley, James Murray, Liam Reilly
Subs: Eoin Gaffney (for Gibney), Cian Russell (for deCourcey Tobin), Fionn McEvoy, Luke Doyle, Jack Vaughan, Kevin McGowan, Eoghan Lenehan


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

17 Boys Div 1