2002 Boys Prem vs Kentstown Rovers

vs
Sat 10 Sep 16
Score: 2 - 2

Match Report

This was a draw that felt like a defeat for Celtic as they controlled the second half after falling behind only to see the ball come back off the woodwork three times in a fifteen minute spell. Celtic went behind after fifteen minutes when a ball over the top sent the Kentstown forward thorough on goal and he made no mistake lobbing the ball over the onrushing Kevin Dalton in the Hoops goal. Celtic were still well in the game and deservedly equalised when a lovely flick from Luke Doyle found Conor McGinley in the clear and he turned and buried his right foot shot into the corner. The second half began with the Trim side on the front foot with a nice breeze behind them and they took the lead on forty minutes with a well worked team goal. A great run down the right by McGinley was followed by a lovely one-touch interchange between him and Fionn McEvoy and the ball was then teed up for Daniel Coleman on the edge of the area. Coleman didn't wait for an invitation and curled a sweet first time left foot shot around the 'keeper and into the back of the net. There then followed a period of dominance from Celtic which unbelievably failed to produce a goal. First an Andrew Gibney corner was brilliantly flicked on in the air by Liam Reilly to the feet of Cian Russell but Russell's shot came back off the post. Russell was lively now and twice in the next ten minutes he found himself in a one on one with Kentstown 'keeper who produced fine stops on both occasions to deny the Celtic forward. A long range free kick from Gibney was then well held by the 'keeper who was single handedly keeping the Hoops out. James Murray was the next Celtic player to feel aggrieved as he hit the post and the crossbar in quick succession and the elusive third goal just wouldn't come. The hoops were to rue their missed chances,however, as another ball over the top with five minutes left brought the equaliser for Kentstown. As tough as this was on Celtic there were so many positives to take from the game that the players weren't downbeat for long and now face a long trip to Dundalk in the SFAI cup next Saturday. Best on the day for Celtic were McGinley, Coleman and Oran Kirby. Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, James Murray, Daniel Coleman, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Liam Reilly, Luke Doyle, Conor McGinley Subs: Fionn McEvoy (for Doyle). Cian Russell (for McGinley), Kevin McGowan (for Reilly)

Ground

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

17 Boys Div 1

Kentstown Rovers