Kells Blackwater vs 2003 Boys Prem

vs
Sat 01 Oct 16
Score: 0 - 4

Match Report

Trim Celtic made the long journey to Kells for an early morning kick off against current table toppers Kells Blackwater. The game started evenly enough with both sides having spells of possession but Celtic gradually got on top playing their usual possession based game. Kells were most dangerous from long balls from the back but rarely troubled stand in keeper David Boyle who played in goals for the 1st half until regular net minder David Curran arrived. The deadlock was broken in the 12th minute and when it came it was a goal of exquisite beauty, which will live in the memory for a long time. Celtic played the ball out from the back and down the right hand side to Sean Mc Donnell whose cross into the box was beautifully met on the volley by Josh Harris from just inside the box and his rocket of a shot ended up in the top right hand corner of the net before the Kells keeper even had time to move. This was the breakthrough that Celtic needed and they drove on from here in an effort to increase their lead. Celtic almost doubled their lead in the 22nd minute when a Joey Cole free was flicked on by Sean Mc Donnell to Kris Gorman but his effort was just over the bar. Celtic did get their 2nd just a minute later when a Ciaran Caulfield shot was saved by the keeper, the rebound fell to Sean Mc Donnell, but again the keeper thwarted him but this time the rebound fell to the deadly Josh Harris and he made no mistake to double Celtic’s lead. Playing down the hill Celtic now controlled the game and could have gone 3 up in the 25th minute when a shot by James Molloy was well saved by the keeper. Celtic did get their 3rd in the 26th minute when a ball played through by Kris Gorman found Josh Harris who went around the advancing Kells keeper and finished from an acute angle to complete his hat trick. The referee blew for half time but very quickly realised that he had played 5 minutes short so brought the teams back on to complete the half. In this period Celtic were awarded a penalty but Ciaran Caulfield's spot kick was well saved by the Kells keeper and with the 5 minutes virtually up a Kells cross looped over the Celtic keeper’s head but came back of the post into his grateful hands.
The 2nd half started with regular keeper David Curran back between the posts and David Boyle reverting to his usual left side of midfield spot. Despite playing up the hill Celtic still controlled possession of the ball for the initial period of the 2nd half. The 4th and final goal came in the 48th minute when Joey Cole found Sean Mc Donnell in space and he calmly finished to the bottom corner of the net. The final clear cut chance of the match came in the 56th minute when from a Sean Mc Donnell cross, the ball fell to substitute Aaron Mc Cormack but his effort was unfortunately just over the bar. Best on a day when Celtic achieved another crucial league victory were David Boyle who was a more than adequate replacement keeper for the 1st half and was very influential in his usual position in the 2nd half, Sean Mc Donnell who has settled in seamlessly to the team and was a constant threat to Kells with his runs and crosses down the right side and the mercurial Josh Harris who has now scored a hat trick in each of his last 3 matches.
Trim Celtic squad: David Curran, Aidan Scott, James Molloy, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Sean Tully, Wesley Gibbons, Conor O'Hare, Sean Mc Donnell

Ground

The Grange
Unnamed Road, Co. Meath, Ireland

Kells Blackwater

16 Boys Prem Green