2002 Boys Div 1 vs Cloghertown Utd

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Wed 26 Apr 17
Score: 3 - 1

Match Report

Mid-week summer evening kick-offs are always special and this game proved no exception as league leaders Cloghertown United travelled to the MDL to face second place Celtic in front of a large crowd of supporters in Navan. Despite the stalemate at half time there were plenty of chances for both sides with Liam Reilly heading a goal bound effort off the line before the same player bravely threw himself in front of a ferocious shot, shipping an injury to his jaw in the process. At the other end Andrew Gibney saw a well taken free kick crash off the bar after half an hour as Celtic looked to finish the half on a high. Some excellent corner deliveries by Gibney were unlucky not to bring a lead goal as the ball just wouldn't bounce right for the home team and the chances went a-begging.
The second half started brightly for the hoops as they piled on the pressure although the opening goal, when it came, was quite fortuitous when Oran Kirby swung a boot at a bouncing ball. The resulting sliced shot saw the ball arc in a perfect trajectory to sneak in under the crossbar and give Celtic the lead. To their credit Cloghertown always looked dangerous and they levelled up the game ten minutes later through a bullet header from a well delivered corner. Celtic replied by re-doubling their efforts to find a winner and with a noisy crowd behind them they were rewarded when Fionn McEvoy controlled the ball just outside the box before firing a right foot shot into the roof of the net with ten minutes to go. The next ten minutes were all Celtic as they created chance after chance with Cian Russell shooting just wide after a strong run and shot before he became the second Celtic player to hit the crossbar with a curling shot from 25 yards. The returning James Murray was next up as he ghosted in at the far post to steer a header just over the bar from a great outswinging cross by Evan deCourcey Tobin. As the game ticked into the final minute Celtic survived a few nervous moments in their penalty area before Captain Fantastic deCourcey Tobin settled the game with a well taken finish for his eighth goal in his last four games. It was no more than Celtic deserved as they replace their opponents at the top of the table with five wins from their first six games. Best on the day for Celtic were Liam Reilly, Andrew Gibney and Evan deCourcey Tobin.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Eoghan Lenehan, Liam Reilly, Cian Russell, Oran Kirby, Conor McGinley, Fionn McEvoy, Evan deCourcey Tobin Subs: James Murray (for McEvoy), Kevin McGowan (for Lenehan)

Ground

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

Cloghertown Utd