2003 Boys Prem vs Parkvilla

Sat 07 May 16
Score: 2 - 0

Match Report

On a miserable wet morning in the MDL, Trim Celtic overcame Parkvilla Red in a Cup semi-final for the 2nd time this season. Parkvilla started this match at a very quick pace and looked like they meant business. They enjoyed quite a bit of possession early on but the Celtic defence snuffed out any chances they created. In fact the most clear cut chance fell to Celtic in the 10th minute when Josh Harris ran through the Parkvilla defence but his final touch let him down and the keeper smothered the ball. Celtic took some confidence from this and the game was more even up until the 22nd minute when Parkvilla were awarded a penalty. The Parkvilla player stepped up and placed the ball to James Bourke’s right hand side but James had anticipated this and diving brilliantly he pushed the ball wide of the post to deny Parkvilla the opening goal. Celtic picked up the pace again after this fortunate break and were themselves 1-0 up 5 minutes later when a brilliant ball by Sean Tully down the line put Ciaran Caulfield through and despite the fact that the keeper produced a fine save from Ciaran’s initial shot, the rebound fell nicely to him and he made no mistake at the second time of asking. Celtic maintained their lead to half time and turned around in a confident mood.
Celtic started the 2nd half well and were now enjoying the lion’s share of possession, denying Parkvilla space and time on the ball. Their efforts were rewarded in the 38th minute when a shot from outside the box from Kris Gorman eluded the keeper to end up in the back of the net. Celtic were comfortable at this stage and were well in control of the match but Parkvilla to their credit kept plugging away. Celtic were always aware that if Parkvilla got a goal that they were right back in the game. Their best chance came with 2 minutes to go when it looked like they had pulled a goal back but Blake Gibbons appeared from nowhere to brilliantly clear the ball of the line. Celtic could have had a third goal in the last minute when Kian Oliver was on the receiving end of a great cross from Josh Harris but the Parkvilla defence prevented him from getting a shot on target. Parkvilla had one last chance in injury time when a powerful shot from the edge of the box through a glut of players was well gathered by a diving James Bourke. In another excellent performance by Celtic, man of the match had to go to James Bourke for a very impressive and commanding performance especially his penalty save which was a huge turning point in the match. Not too far behind him was Blake Gibbons, whose goal line clearance was equally important, Kris Gorman was immense in midfield and his efforts were rewarded with another goal and Ciaran Caulfield whose pace and ability were too much for the Parkvilla defenders. Next is a league encounter away to Parkceltic on Monday at 7pm where a victory will guarantee runners up spot in the League.
Trim Celtic: James Bourke, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Sean Tully, Wesley Gibbons
Subs: Shaun Mulryan, James Molloy (for Boyle), Kian Oliver (for Aaron McCormack), Evan Kennedy


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

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