2002 Boys Division 1 vs Enfield Celtic

Sat 30 Sep 17
Score: 6 - 0

Match Report

Celtic overcame a very nervy start to clinch the league title in comprehensive fashion in front of a huge turnout at Tully Park. Enfield arrived in Trim full of confidence with their squad strengthened by a number of acquisitions from their recently disbanded Premier league squad and for the first fifteen minutes they seemed intent on spoiling the party. With twenty minutes gone Enfield had already crashed a lovely volley off the bar and saved an Andrew Gibney penalty and it was beginning to look like it could be one of those days when Conor McGinley was played through after some good work by Fionn McEvoy. McGinley was forced wide but he clipped a wonderful curling shot over the 'keeper into the far left corner to spark wild celebrations both on the pitch and on the sidelines. Enfield were still looking dangerous and very nearly equalised from a late corner but the hoops saw it through to half time with their lead intact.
Within a minute of the restart James Murray played in McGinley again and this time the Celtic player calmly rounded the 'keeper before slotting home with his left foot. Ten minutes later McGinley claimed his first Celtic hat-trick to make it 3-0 and the hoops were home and dry. Further goals from Cian Russell and James Murray made it 5-0 before the visitors were reduced to ten men when Murray was hacked down with ten minutes to go. The biggest cheer of the day , however, came near the end when the popular James Brady netted his first ever Celtic goal smashing in a far post effort after a great run and pass from Oran Kirby for 6-0. All that was left now was to wait for the final whistle and the chance to finally get their hands on some silverware after two heart-breaking cup final losses. When the whistle finally came there were great scenes as this bunch of lads, the majority of whom have been together since Under 8's, got the chance to get their hands on the league trophy. It was a special moment for captain Evan deCourcey Tobin as he finally got to deliver his award winning speech to his audience. It was a really well deserved prize in a season which saw them win eleven out of the twelve league games they played including ten wins in a row following their solitary defeat to Kingscourt. A special mention must go to Mark Cunningham who suffered a dreadful knee injury after just one game which was to rule him out for the season. Rather than feel sorry for himself Mark continued to help out at training and attended every game to show his support for the team and it is this kind of team spirit which has seen us constantly punch above our weight and hopefully if we keep everyone together we can have another crack at the premier league next season. It was also great to see former player Daniel Coleman turn up to celebrate with his former team-mates on the pitch at the end of what was a truly memorable day for everyone involved.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Eoghan Lenehan, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Oran Kirby, Conor McGinley, Liam Reilly, Cian Russell, Fionn McEvoy Subs: James Murray (for McEvoy), Jack Vaughan (for McGinley), Kevin McGowan (for Lenehan), James Brady (for Russell)


Tully Park
Summerhill Rd, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland

Enfield Celtic