2003 Boys Premier Division vs Parkvilla

Mon 04 Sep 17
Score: 4 - 0

Match Report

Trim Celtic U14 Premier side continued their impressive start to the 2nd half of the new Summer soccer season with a convincing win over the rapidly improving Parkvilla Blue at the pristine Tully Park this evening. Both sides went into this game conscious that they are due to meet again this coming weekend in the Cup semi-final with Parkvilla having home advantage for this match. Celtic started brightly and enjoyed the majority of the early possession and took advantage brilliantly in the 5th minute when a near post cross by Ciaran Caulfield was met 1st time by the free scoring Conor O’Hare and his shot flew past the keeper to give Celtic an early lead. Celtic kept pressing for a 2nd and indeed Sean Mc Donnell was unlucky in the 9th minute when his shot flew over the bar after he latched on to a rebound from a blocked shot by Ciaran. Celtic did go 2 up in the 15th minute when another cross by Ciaran found Sean at the back post and this time he made no mistake to double Celtic’s lead. Celtic were playing some lovely football at this stage with Conor Gray and Joey Cole controlling the centre of the park, however Parkvilla did have some chances and indeed should have pulled a goal back when one of their midfielders ran through but his shot was easily saved by David Curran in the Celtic goal. The next goal was going to be crucial in this match and Celtic had a great opportunity in the 28th minute when Sean Mc Donnell was brought down in the box by the keeper. Wes Gibbons confidently stepped up from the back to take the penalty but his effort came crashing back off the crossbar. This miss kept Parkvilla in the match and ensured Celtic maintained their proverbially dangerous 2 goal lead until the break.
Celtic were aware that they needed to pick things up a level in the 2nd half and started to regain control of the match and the elusive 3rd goal came 10 minutes in when James Molloy went on a mazy run, then laid the ball off to Conor Grey, whose cross was superbly headed in by Conor O’Hare at the back post. Celtic then pushed on for the 4th but Parkvilla to their credit never dropped their heads and indeed but for a few smart saves by David Curran could have pulled a goal back. Celtic did get a 4th, which their play deserved in the 58th minute when James Molloy received the ball at the edge of the box and fired an unstoppable shot in the bottom right hand corner past the despairing dive from the Parkvilla keeper, who in fairness had kept the score down with a series of magnificent saves.
There were many admirable performances from the players in the green and white hoops and it would be unfair to single out individuals but everybody can take great heart and pride from their own performances.
Celtic move on in confident mood to Fridays’ semi-final but should beware the defeated Parkvilla side who will be looking to salvage their season with a Cup victory.
Trim Celtic squad: David Curran, Sean Tully, Wesley Gibbons, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Conor Gray, Conor O'Hare, Sean Mc Donnell, James Molloy, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle


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

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