2002 Boys Div 1 vs Virginia

vs
Sat 11 Mar 17
Score: 3 - 1

Match Report

Celtic welcomed Virginia F.C to the MDL for their opening league match of the campaign and ultimately got off to a winning start after a few early scares. The first half was an evenly matched affair with not much in the way of goalmouth action with Virginia looking dangerous on set pieces and Celtic threatening on a few set pieces of their own. Adam Wilson headed narrowly over from a Mark Cunningham corner and Evan deCourcey Tobin shot wide with a snap shot from outside the area. Celtic's best moment came at the end of the half when Liam Reilly unleashed a cracking left foot shot which looked goal bound but skidded off the top of the bar.
Celtic made a couple of changes up front for the second half with David Boyle and Ciaran Caulfield coming on and they almost made Virginia pay straight away with Boyle making the 'keeper work with the first attack of the half. Celtic were finding gaps up front now and good link up play between Boyle and Murray resulted in the hoops taking the lead when Murray found the bottom corner with a well struck shot. Soon after that it was 2-0 with Murray again proving the difference as he latched onto a long Kevin Dalton kick out to calmly lob the on rushing 'keeper. Reilly was then unlucky to see his header well saved before Celtic made the game safe when a quick throw in from deCourcey Tobin found Ciaran Caulfield beat the offside trap and fire a curling shot over the 'keeper into the top corner. This was tough on Virginia who gave as good as they got in the first half and they were rewarded with a consolation goal with seven minutes remaining when a scramble from a corner led to the ball being prodded home. There were a few nervy moments afterward for Celtic especially when 'keeper Dalton came rushing out of his area and failed to get anywhere near the ball before being rescued by an Eoghan Lenehan tackle. It was a good display by Dalton who was quick off his line on a few occasions to thwart the Virginia attack. There was still time for Cian Russell to crash a fierce strike off the crossbar before the final whistle blew to give the hoops a winning start to life in the first division.
Best for Celtic on the day were James Murray, Mark Cunningham, Adam Wilson and Liam Reilly.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Mark Cunningham, Adam Wilson, Eoghan Lenehan, Kevin McGowan, Cian Russell, James Murray, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Luke Doyle, Liam Reilly
Subs: David Boyle (for McGowan), Ciaran Caulfield (for Doyle)

Ground

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

17 Boys Div 1

Virginia