U12 Boys Gunners vs Parkvilla

Sat 18 Apr 15
Score: 1 - 3

Match Report

On a sunny but windy morning in the MDL the Gunners came up against an in form Parkvilla in their 2nd Shield match. On a day when the Gunners needed to keep things tight, disaster struck when they conceded an early goal after only 2 minutes. Despite this setback the Gunners recovered well and with the wind at their backs their efforts were rewarded when Ciaran Caulfield curled a magnificent shot from the edge of the box into the far right corner of the Parkvilla net. This seemed to spur Parkvilla back into action and they regained the lead in the 22nd minute. With Parkvilla still dominating play they could have a 3rd in the 26th minute but for a fine save by James Bourke and goal line clearance by the excellent Wesley Gibbons. However Parkvilla were not to be denied and just on the stroke of half time they scored a 3rd to extend their lead.
This was now an uphill battle for the Gunners, turning around to play against the wind, however to their credit they got back into the game in the 2nd half and defended much more resolutely than in the 1st half, restricting Parkvilla to long range shots. Wesley Gibbons was central to this, clearing the ball off the line again in the 45th minute and James Bourke was again to the fore with a fine save in the 52nd minute. The Gunners can take a lot of confidence from their 2nd half performance when they meet the same opposition in the reverse fixture on Thursday evening. A surprise but welcome return to the squad was made by Cealain Geraghty following a lengthy illness and he acquitted himself very well when introduced as a 2nd half substitute. Best for the Gunners on the day were the aforementioned James Bourke and Wes Gibbons and the tireless Ciaran Caulfield who capped a fine performance with an excellent goal.
Trim Celtic Gunners: James Bourke, Finn O'Connor, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Evan Smyth, Donal McGale, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Wesley Gibbons, Evan Kennedy, Dylan Smith
Subs: Cealain Geraghty, Jack Fagan


MDL Grounds
Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

16 Boys Prem Green

Ciaran Caulfield Midfielder