Sun 24 Aug 14
Score: 0 - 2
Trim Celtic suffered defeat in the second league game of the season against a very strong and organised Bellurgan side. The visitors got off to a dream start, opening the scoring from the penalty spot after Keith Jones’ foul on Darryn Gaynor. Celtic found it difficult to get in behind the Bellurgan defence who were in uncompromising form throughout while at the other end Barry O’Callaghan had to make two important saves.Aaron Ryan did have the ball in the Bellurgan net but was somewhat unlucky to have it disallowed as he was adjudged to have given the defender a nudge on the way through.With halftime looming a chance presented itself to Trim captain Derek Donohoe but the Bellurgan defence recovered to block his effort, unfortunately the striker was injured in the attack and was forced to be replaced by Sean FitzGerald at the break. Celtic improved in the second half with FitzGerald adding some much needed impetus driving at the Bellurgan defence. A surging run from Jones gave Celtic a free on the edge of the box with Anthony Craig struck sweetly but the keeper saved comfortably. Bellurgan rattled the crossbar on the hour while FitzGerald shot powerfully but straight at the keeper from distance. The Louth men doubled their lead when Gaynor finished from close range following a free kick into the box. With the buffer of the second goal Bellurgan dropped deep while still maintaining their impressive work rate to not allow Celtic an opportunity to get back in the game and ultimately holding out comfortably until the final whistle.