2003 Boys Prem vs Blayney Academy

vs
Sat 17 Sep 16
Score: 10 - 0

Match Report

Trim Celtic advanced to the next round of the SFAI Cup with a facile victory over Blayney Academy. It was very much a case of into the unknown against the team from Castleblayney who operate in the Dundalk schoolboy league. Celtic started well and created several chances early on but were unable to convert any of them and it was beginning to look like it could be one of those days with the Blayney keeper acquitting himself well in the opening stages. Josh Harris had the 1st chance in the 1st minute but blazed his shot over the bar, 2 minutes later a Kris Gorman header was pushed onto the post by the keeper. There quickly followed 2 shots, one by Ciaran Caulfield in the 8th minute and another 2 minutes later by Sean Mc Donnell, who was making his debut for the team. Josh Harris had another fine shot saved by the keeper from a great through ball by Kris Gorman in the 12th minute. The continuous pressure from Celtic eventually paid dividends in the 15th minute when Ciaran ran through and confidently slotted the ball in the corner of the net to give Celtic a deserved lead. Kris almost doubled Celtic’s lead 2 minutes later but for a fine save by the keeper. However a minute later a fine cross by Sean Mc Donnell reached Josh who laid the ball off to Ciaran to double his tally and Celtic’s lead. This was followed a few minutes later by a couple of fine shots by David Boyle and Sean Mc Donnell. With half time approaching Ciaran and Sean Tully both had shots that narrowly missed the target. Celtic's domination paid off when they scored 2 quick goals just before half time, the first when Kris Gorman headed in from a cross by Sean McDonnell and then Sean converted from close range after Josh had a shot blocked.
Celtic started the 2nd half in the same mood as they had played the 1st and never relented in their quest for further goals. Josh had a header off the bar and another shot saved by the keeper in the 1st few minutes of the 2nd half, it just looked like it wasn’t going to be his day. Ciaran got his 3rd and Celtic’s 5th in the 50th minute after receiving a great pass from Joey Cole. Conor O’Hare and James Molloy replaced Josh and Ciaran in the 40th minute and within a minute Conor was on the score sheet when he converted after being played through by Kris. Celtic eased back a little for the next 10 minutes or so but still created further chances without working the keeper. Conor got his 2nd following a corner when he was on hand at the back post to convert with a shot that hit the near post and crossed the line. The biggest cheer of the day went up when Josh Harris finally scored in the 65th minute, after he had come back on for Sean Mc Donnell. Josh quickly added another when he linked up well with Conor to put Celtic 9 up and 2 minutes later some fine play by the same combination resulting in Josh completing his hat trick. Indeed Celtic could have scored 11 when a fine free kick from just outside the box from Kris Gorman came crashing back of the crossbar. On a day when Celtic played well in spite of the opposition there were many fine performances all over the pitch. Sean Tully was very impressive going forward and was unlucky not to open his account, Joey and Kris were magnificent in the middle and Ciaran terrorised the back line with some tremendous runs. Sean Mc Donnell had an impressive debut and will be a great addition to the squad, while both subs Conor and James Molloy made a big impression when coming on. Finally Josh Harris deserves great credit for his perseverance when his head could have dropped but ultimately got his reward when he was re-introduced.
Trim Celtic: David Curran, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, David Boyle, Sean Tully, Wesley Gibbons, Sean Mc Donnell
Subs: James Molloy (for Caulfield) , Aaron McCormack, Conor O'Hare (for Harris)

Ground

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

Blayney Academy