2003 Boys Premier Division vs Parkvilla

Sat 11 Nov 17
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

Trim Celtic’s 14 Premier team played their last league game of the season at home to arch rivals Parkvilla Claret in Tully Park this morning knowing that they needed at least a point to become League champions. Despite the heavy overnight rain the pitch was in remarkably good condition which should have been conducive to good possession based football which both teams enjoy playing.
Maybe it was down to nerves but Celtic never really got into any sustained period of possession football but had to grind out the result on the day. Celtic got off to a decent start and Conor O’Hare was unlucky when his effort in the 5th minute came back off the post, from the rebound Joey Cole’s shot went over the bar. Celtic shaded possession in this half but the only other noteworthy incident came in the 16th minute when another fine pass from Joey found Sean Mc Donnell but his shot was just wide. The game remained scoreless until half time which obviously suited Celtic but a lead goal would have been nice if only to settle the nerves a little. Celtic started the 2nd half well but Parkvilla remained dangerous on the break and from set pieces. It was from a free kick 18 minutes into the 2nd half that Celtic eventually secured the precious lead goal. Kris Gorman was fouled in the centre circle. Harry Cottrell took the resultant free which was dropping into the 6 yard box when Conor O’Hare, like all good centre forwards got the deftest of headed touches to divert the ball into the corner away from the stranded Parkvilla keeper. From another free kick 2 minutes later Conor had an effort blocked on the line and Sean Mc Donnell put the rebound just over the bar. Celtic saw out the match comfortably enough, however David Curran did have one fine save when he done well to push a looping effort over the bar in the 61st minute. The final whistle in the 70th minute brought great relief and a wonderful sense of achievement for this team who had gone through their League campaign unbeaten.
While it was not their best performance, it was the result mattered the most and the team secured their second successive League title. Next up is an SFAI Cup match away to Drogheda Town next Saturday.
Trim Celtic squad: David Curran, Seán Tully, Wesley Gibbons, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Conor Gray, Conor O’Hare, Seán McDonnell, James Molloy, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle


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

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