Mon 09 May 16
Score: 1 - 3
Trim Celtic secured runners-up position in the league following victory over near neighbours Park Celtic in Agher this evening. Celtic knew that this match wouldn’t be easy as they have had some very tough encounters with Park Celtic in the past. Celtic knew that they had to maintain the momentum of their recent run especially with an upcoming Shield final this weekend, so the lads were well up for this match on a difficult pitch. As early as the 3rd minute Celtic centre forward Josh Harris had a chance with a shot following Ciaran Caulfield’s cross. But Josh was not to be denied his goal in the 8th minute when Ciaran Caulfield received the ball from a James Molloy throw and played the ball to Josh who rounded the keeper to leave himself an easy tap in to give Celtic a 1-0 lead. Celtic almost doubled their lead a minute later when David Boyle’s shot from another cross by Ciaran flew over the bar. Celtic eased off a bit and Park Celtic came back into the match, despite this Kris Gorman went close in the 25th minute when his shot from the edge of the box was also high and over the bar. Park Celtic’s efforts were rewarded 5 minutes into the 2nd half when they drew level at 1-1. Celtic now realised that this match wasn’t going to be as easy as the 1st half play indicated and again picked up the tempo and within 3 minutes were back in front when a Ciaran Caulfield pass to David Boyle was toe poked home by David past the helpless home keeper. Josh Harris doubled his tally in the 45th minutes when he chased a high ball by David Boyle into the box and finished well to give Celtic a commanding lead. David Boyle then proceeded to hit the angle of the post and cross bar in the 47th minute, at this stage it seemed only a matter of time before Celtic added to their goal tally, however there was to be no further goals in the match, Celtic even had the luxury of missing a penalty in the 51st minute when Josh Harris was brought down in the box. Best for Celtic on the night were David Boyle in midfield and Josh Harris and Ciaran Caulfield up front. While this may not have been Celtic’s best performance by a long way it maintained their 13 match winning run which stretches back to the end of November last year. But for the fact that they dropped 10 point in the initial 5 league matches they surely would have won the league but nevertheless they all can be proud of what they have achieved through the course of the season. They go into the Shield Final in a quietly confident mood where they again will meet Parkvilla Blue in the final in the MDL at 10am this Saturday morning.