Bellurgan Utd vs 2002 Boys Prem

vs
Sat 17 Sep 16
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

Trim Celtic made the long journey north to Bellurgan with a reduced squad of just twelve fit players and came away with their pride intact despite exiting the national cup competition to a last minute goal against a strong Bellurgan side. The hoops began the first half brightly with Luke Doyle narrowly heading wide from a great Liam Reilly cross after ten minutes. Five minutes later Doyle was to provide the assist for the second time in two games as he controlled the ball with his back to goal and laid the pass off to the feet of Cian Russell. Russell hit a great first time shot which gave the 'keeper no chance as it flew into the top corner. With ten minutes to go to half time Bellurgan were back on level terms when they scored a disputed equaliser from a free kick outside the area.
The second half was fairly evenly matched but as the half wore on there were injuries to Kevin McGowan and Fionn McEvoy with both players deciding to play on because of the lack of substitutes. With Conor McGinley pushed up to a more attacking role Celtic were starting to find gaps in the Bellurgan rearguard and nearly won it at the end as Russell again broke free but the 'keeper came out to make a block with the ball falling to the feet of the excellent Evan deCourcy Tobin. Tobin , however, could not direct his shot on target and the full time whistle went. This Celtic team were in uncharted territory now with extra time being played and with just two minutes of extra time left the tired legs finally gave out. With the game on the brink of a penalty shoot-out a failure to pick up a man in midfield led to a great strike and goal from the Bellurgan midfielder and Celtic hearts were broken. A last minute free kick from Andrew Gibney looked to have saved the day for Celtic but was inches wide of the right hand post and the chance was gone. The referee blew his whistle and the difference between the two teams told the story with the Bellurgan players charging around to celebrate while the Celtic players collapsed to the turf. The Trim lads had given everything that was asked of them and to play the whole game plus extra time as valiantly as did with no great rest for anyone speaks volumes of their commitment to this team.
Best for Celtic were Evan deCourcey Tobin, Daniel Coleman and Conor McGinley.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Conor McGinley, Fionn McEvoy, Daniel Coleman, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Liam Reilly, Cian Russell, Luke Doyle
Sub: Kevin McGowan (for McEvoy)

Ground

Flynn Park
R173, Co. Louth, Ireland

Bellurgan Utd

17 Boys Div 1