2003 Boys Prem vs Parkvilla

vs
Sat 12 Nov 16
Score: 3 - 0

Match Report

Trim Celtic returned to league duty in the MDL after having no game last weekend to face the Parkvilla Blues in the early kick off at 10am. While Celtic enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening period their usual spark and penetration seemed to be missing and they found it hard to break down the Parkvilla defence. On the few occasions that they did manage to beat the defence they found the Parkvilla keeper in inspired form. He came to their rescue in several one on one situations against both Ciaran Caulfield and Josh Harris and supporters' minds were wandering back to last year's Shield final when we lost to the same opposition despite dominating the match and Parkvilla scoring with their only chance in the last minute. Celtic however are a more resolute team this season and have a greater spread of scorers and this was to prove the case today. With the game still scoreless and heading towards half time, Josh had another chance in the 32nd minute when put through by Blake Gibbons but the keeper again saved at the expense of a corner. From the corner James Molloy found the ball at his feet in the six yard box and he prodded home to give Celtic a well-deserved lead.
Celtic started the 2nd half brightly spurred on by the lead goal just before half time. The Hoops went 2 up within 3 minutes of the restart when Josh Harris pulled the ball back from the end line to Kris Gorman who finished with aplomb to the back of the net to double Celtic’s lead. The game was end to end for a period now and Parkvilla had a couple of chances but Celtic keeper David Curran was equal to them one each occasion. Celtic had some chances themselves in this period including some long range efforts from Conor O’Hare, without ever really threatening the Parkvilla goal. Celtic's 3rd and final goal came in the 57th minute when Aaron Mc Cormack just about managed to force the ball over the line following a bit of a scramble in the Parkvilla box. Overall Celtic can be quite content with picking up another 3 points and a clean sheet without ever being near their best. On a day when the defence were very solid with the Gibbons brothers to the fore and both Harry Cottrell and especially James Molloy making impressive forays into the opposition half, indeed James was very unlucky not to score his second with 5 minutes to go after going on a run the length of the pitch. Kris Gorman was supreme in the middle of the park and fully deserved his goal as a reward for his efforts. The forwards had a rare off day on the scoring front but worked hard throughout with the remainder of their team mates pulling us through today.
Trim Celtic Squad: David Curran, James Molloy, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, David Boyle, Wesley Gibbons, Aidan Scott, Aaron McCormack, Sean Tully, Conor O'Hare, Sean Mc Donnell

Ground

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

16 Boys Prem Green

Parkvilla