Reserves vs Kingscourt Harps

Sat 14 May 16
Score: 2 - 0

Match Report

A beautiful day got even better as Trim Celtic's Reserve team were crowned league champions for the first time since 2007/08. Manager John Kelly was a player back while his current assistant Luke Dempsey was the manager. With Kingscourt 3 points behind Celtic just needed to avoid defeat to clinch the title. Celtic started brightly intent on securing the title with a win and hit the crossbar from a corner in the first minute. Conor Daly had two chances within the first fifteen minutes firstly testing the goalkeeper from a tight angle after good work from Aaron Ryan and then heading Dimmy Higgins' cross into the arms of the Kingscourt keeper. Kingscourt had a chance on the break but a superbly times last ditch tackle from Johnny Corrigan snuffed out the chance. Another Kingscourt chance saw the impressive Gavin Meehan mop up the danger after a Robbie Westphal save. After an energetic start the game hit a lull but just before the break Gavin Meehan volleyed wide from the edge of the box before Captain Mark Corrigan shot over following a corner.
Into the second half and Dimmy Higgins had an early header cleared off the line. Despite the fact that a draw would have done Celtic Manager Kelly made some very positive substitutions with Aaron Newman, Derek Donohoe and Tommy Farrell all entering the fray. They proved to be a master stroke with all three pivotal in Celtic's goals. With the Trim side dangerous from corners all afternoon it was no surprise that they took the lead from one. Newman's kick from the quadrant was superbly met by Man of the Match Anthony Craig but his effort was excellently beaten away by the Kingscourt net under into the path of the predatory Donohoe who made light of awkward bounce to volley home left footed into the roof of the net. Donohoe and Farrell were combining well with the latter having a couple of sightseers before blasting home the insurance goal that rubber stamped the win and the league title. NEFL official Danny Doyle presented the trophy to Celtic captain in front of a typically large Trim support.
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MDL Grounds
Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Second Team

1Robbie Westphal Goalkeeper
2Paul Munnelly Defender
3John Regan Defender
4Sean Hyland Defender
5Johnny Corrigan Defender
6Conor Daly Midfielder
7Gavin Meehan 14 Midfielder
8Anthony Craig Midfielder
9Dimmy Higgins 13 Midfielder
10Mark Corrigan Midfielder
11Aaron Ryan 12 Midfielder
12Aaron Newman 11 Defender
13Derek Donohoe 9 Forward
14Thomas Farrell 7 Forward
15Stephen Hannan Midfielder
16Jack Kelly Forward
17Ruairi Shortt Defender

Kingscourt Harps