2002 Boys Premier Division vs Virginia

vs
Sat 21 Apr 18
Score: 1 - 2

Match Report

Celtic finally got their season started at the tenth time of asking as Virginia visited Tully Park. After all the frustrations of the bad weather and waterlogged pitches it was a glorious day in Trim and the weather helped produce a great game in which Celtic can count themselves a little unfortunate to come away with nothing. The game started brightly for Celtic and they hit the front with less than a minute on the clock as Andrew Gibney sent in a great free kick which Evan deCourcey Tobin met with a downward header. The 'keeper made a good stop but Tobin wasn't to be denied and smashed home the rebound to put the hoops in front. Celtic were well on top and could have doubled their lead as Adam Wilson crashed a header against the bar in the tenth minute. As the half wore on Virginia came more into the game and late in the half had a goal disallowed for a foul in the area. The second half began as the first half ended with Virginia playing the ball around well and it was no surprise when they levelled the game on 50 minutes. Five minutes later they took the lead after some unusual hesitancy in the Celtic defence led to the ball being smashed into the roof of the net. This seemed to spur on Celtic as they wrestled control of the game back from the visitors. First Mark Dempsey broke through but couldn't get his shot away before being closed down and then five minutes later the ball broke to Oran Kirby twenty yards out. Kirby did everything right controlling his first time shot with his right instep and sending the ball heading into the top corner. It looked a certain goal but for the agility of the visiting keeper as he flung himself to his left to tip the ball over the bar. Virginia were hanging on now and a further chance for Dempsey was cleared away after a goalmouth scramble before the final whistle blew to great cheers from the visiting supporters. This was a defeat that was hard to take for the hoops but despite the home side creating plenty of chances Virginia will feel they did enough to merit the win and Celtic now need to pick themselves up to visit the unbeaten Kentstown Rovers next weekend. Best for Celtic on the day were Oran Kirby and Adam Wilson. Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoghan Lenehan, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Eoin Gaffney, Oran Kirby, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Conor McGinley, Sean Foley, Liam Reilly, Fionn McEvoy Subs: Conor Mangan (for Gaffney), Mark Dempsey (for McEvoy), Luke Doyle (for Mangan), Kevin McGowan (for Reilly)

Ground

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

16 Boys Prem

Virginia