2003 Boys Prem

Sat 28 Jan 17
Score: 0 - 3

Match Report

Trim Celtic adventure in the SFAI Cup came to a disappointing end at the hands of a well organised and disciplined Temple Villa team in the MDL this morning. This game was always going to be a challenge for Celtic without a competitive match since their league ended in November and also missing their top scorer Sean Mc Donnell. To compound matters Celtic got off to the worst possible start conceding a goal in the very 1st minute of the game. Celtic were slow to settle and were chasing shadows a little early on and had to wait until the 9th minute for their 1st chance when Josh Harris shot just wide. Temple Villa doubled their lead in the 20th minute when Celtic conceded a free just outside the box and the resultant kick nestled in the bottom right hand corner. This was now turning into an uphill battle but Celtic were given some hope when Temple Villa were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half time following a clumsy tackle on Wes Gibbons by one of their strikers.
Celtic regrouped at half time and came out for the 2nd half realising that the next goal was crucial in the match. Celtic had a great chance at the start of the 2nd half to get back into the game but Josh Harris' shot was well saved by the keeper and the resultant follow up was well wide. Celtic came even closer to pulling a goal back in the 44th minute following a fine move involving Josh and Ciaran Caulfield but Ciaran’s shot came crashing back of the post. Celtic really needed to be converting these chances and were punished in the 61st minute when from a free kick the ball rebounded to a Temple Villa player who scrambled the ball home. This was harsh on Celtic and despite Josh being just wide at the far post in the last few minutes they never really looked like getting a goal back.
On a day when few players really done themselves justice, Wes Gibbons at the back, Kris Gorman in the middle and Josh and Ciaran up front tried valiantly to overcome the odds. Next weekend sees Celtic back in action in the North Leinster Regional Quarter final against local rivals Kells Blackwater and gives the lads an early opportunity to put this below par performance behind them.
Trim Celtic: David Curran, Sean Tully, James Molloy, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Wesley Gibbons
Subs: Blake Gibbons (for Molloy), Conor O'Hare (for McCormack)


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

16 Boys Prem Green

Temple Villa