Sat 06 Sep 14
Score: 2 - 3
Trim Celtic made it 9 points from 9 with a hard fought win away to newly promoted Kentstown Rovers. The home side started the better and forced Rob Westphal into a fine save in a one on one. Kentstown had another good chance to take the lead but their striker volleyed over the bar with just Westphal to beat. Celtic punished Kentstown's missed chances with Kevin Nally getting to James Hyland's free-kick first to round the keeper and poke home the opening goal. Celtic's wingers Eoin O'Connor and Scott McGowan were now beginning to cause Kentstown a serious headache and the two combined to win a penalty as O'Connor was dragged down in the box. Tommy Farrell stepped up and dispatched the penalty to the top corner. Farrell and O'Connor both had chances to extend Celtic's lead with Farrell shooting over and O'Connor having a shot cleared off the line after reacting to a goalkeeping error. Rovers threw more men forward in the second half and got their reward with a well worked goal down their left which was headed in at the back post. McGowan had a chance to restore the Trim sides two goal lead but shot over after a mazy run before being denied by a superb save with the Kentstown keeper tipping his rasping shot onto the crossbar. McGowan made no mistake with his next chance as he again slalomed through the Kentsown defence before slotting home to give his side a 3-1 lead. Kentstown, refused to be beaten and almost immediately won a penalty when Alan Troy was harshly adjusted to have fouled in the box. A combination of a super Westphal save and a last ditch Johnny Corrigan tackle from the rebound kept Celtic's lead intact. However, Kentstown ensured a nervy finish for the league leaders as they pulled a goal back after a free kick rebounded kindly off the post to a player who made no mistake from close range but Celtic were able to hold out to maintain their 100% record.