2002 Boys Division 1 vs Kingscourt Harps

Sat 20 May 17
Score: 2 - 0

Match Report

Celtic welcomed Kingscourt to the MDL on Saturday where they gained a measure of revenge for the only defeat inflicted on them this season. In the corresponding fixture Celtic were well beaten by a hungrier Kingscourt team and the hoops were determined not to fall short in this encounter. The tone was set early on when a crunching tackle by Liam Reilly put an end to a dangerous move down Celtic's left hand side. Every player in green and white rose to the challenge and never shirked a challenge all day as they took the game to the away side. Celtic deservedly took the lead on fifteen minutes when a long throw by Evan deCourcey Tobin was flicked on to find Conor McGinley unmarked on the six-yard line. McGinley controlled the ball with his first touch before sliding it to the 'keeper's right to put the hoops in front. McGinley had a chance to double his and Celtic's tally with an identical chance ten minutes later but the Kingscourt 'keeper pulled off a good save. With a strong wind behind him Andrew Gibney tried his luck with two long range free-kicks, both of which sailed inches over the crossbar.
The second half began with Kingscourt on the front foot and the wind was hampering Celtic's ability to get the ball up front to clear the danger. A succession of corners and long throw ins had Celtic performing heroics at the back to keep their lead intact with Oran Kirby, deCourcey Tobin and Reilly putting their bodies on the line to keep Kingscourt out. On the one occasion Celtic were undone they had their "keeper Kevin Dalton to thank as he pulled off an excellent save to preserve their lead. Then, with the clock ticking towards the last five minutes, Celtic got the all-important second goal. There didn't appear to be much on when a long ball over the top fell to Cian Russell just over the halfway line. Russell, however, had other ideas and his strength and pace took him clear of the defenders before he cut inside and fired a low shot to the 'keeper's near post to give Celtic breathing space. The second goal was a bit harsh on Kingscourt who had plenty of the ball in the second half but just found the Celtic players' bravery and commitment on the day too hard to break down. Best on the day for Celtic were Liam Reilly, Evan deCourcey Tobin and Conor McGinley.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Kevin McGowan, Conor McGinley, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Cian Russell, Liam Reilly, Oran Kirby, Fionn McEvoy Sub: James Brady (for McGowan)


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

17 Boys Div 1

Kingscourt Harps