Sat 21 Feb 15
Score: 2 - 1
Trim Celtic produced another fine performance at the MDL Grounds on Saturday to secure a hard fought victory over a resilient Kentstown Rovers team. Kentstown started much the brighter of the two and it took an outstanding save from a fit again Luke Doyle to keep them out. A long ball over the top left the Kentstown forward one on one with the Celtic 'keeper but Doyle stood tall and dived to his left to keep out the goal bound shot. It was to prove even more important when, from the resulting counter attack, Celtic took the lead. When the ball was put out for a corner on the left hand side Andreas Lopez whipped in a low ball to the near post which caught out the 'keeper and defender and ricocheted into the bottom corner. This gave Celtic renewed confidence and they should have been out of sight by half time. A great Lopez free kick which was well saved and a thirty yard screamer from Mark Cunningham which skimmed the crossbar had Kentstown reeling and it was no surprise when, on twenty minutes, Liam Reilly doubled their lead. When Reilly got the ball just inside the box there was still plenty to do but he showed a clean pair of heels and turned inside the last defender before planting a low shot into the right hand corner.
With the wind behind them in the second half Kentstown came into the game a bit more and had a decent spell of pressure before, on 45 minutes, they reduced the arrears. Unlike the reverse fixture Celtic stood tall in the face of the comeback and repelled everything Kentstown had to throw at them. Indeed Celtic could have had further goals with chances falling to Lopez, Reilly and a rampaging Conor McGinley. Two minutes into injury time the Kentstown number nine flashed an excellent shot across the goal which looked destined for the back of the net but luckily for Celtic it passed the wrong side of the post. This result leaves Celtic still in the hunt, nine points behind leaders Kingscourt but with three games in hand and a cup match against Oldcastle next weekend to come. Best for Celtic were Luke Doyle, Mark Cunningham and Liam Reilly.
Trim Celtic: Luke Doyle, Eoghan Lenehan, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, Eoin Gaffney, Andreas Lopez, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Conor McGinley, Liam Reilly Andrew Gibney
Subs: Jack Vaughan (for Lenehan), Fionn McEvoy (for deCourcey Tobin)