2002 Boys Division 1 vs Johnstown

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Sat 19 Aug 17
Score: 5 - 0

Match Report

Celtic made it a winning return to Tully Park after a two year absence with two first half goals from Cian Russell setting the tone for what was an excellent game of football with both sides fully utilising the perfect playing surface. On a perfect day for football Johnstown started brightly and had the first chance on ten minutes with stand-in 'keeper James Murray glad to see a shot from the edge of the area sail narrowly wide. Murray, on his first outing between the sticks, was very accomplished all day and his handling and distribution was second to none as Celtic looked to continue their recent good run. On the quarter hour some good interchange on the right hand side saw Cian Russell free on the edge of the area and he rifled a low shot into the far corner to give the hoops the lead. Five minutes later Russell broke free again, this time on the left, and his near post effort deceived the 'keeper for 2-0. Johnstown were well in the game at this stage and were passing the ball around well but couldn't find a way though the Celtic defence well marshalled by Andrew Gibney and Adam Wilson. A minute after the break, however, Johnstown's resistance was broken after some great work by Oran Kirby to win the ball and beat two players before crossing for an unmarked Conor McGinley to fire home for 3-0. Celtic would have been mindful of last week's game when they allowed a three goal lead at this stage to almost slip from their grasp and they made sure there was to be no repeat this time. Indeed two late goals, an Evan deCourcey Tobin neat finish and a towering header from Man of the Match Adam Wilson for his first of the season, gave a flattering look to the scoreline in a game that was very well contested for the whole seventy minutes. A special mention must go to Robbie Connell for the preparation of the playing surface which drew plenty of praise from the away side as well as everyone on the home team and enabled the game to be played the way it should.
Trim Celtic: James Murray, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Eoghan Lenehan, Jack Vaughan, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Oran Kirby, Liam Reilly, Conor McGinley, Cian Russell
Subs: Kevin McGowan (for Vaughan), James Brady (for Lenehan)

Ground

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