Balbriggan vs 15 Boys Prem

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Sun 21 Oct 18
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Trim Celtic U15 Premier advanced to the North Leinster semi finals of the SFAI Cup after an excellent 3-2 away win over NDSL side Balbriggan FC. The opening ten minutes was a tight affair as there was little between the teams. With the pitch right beside the coastline, the Celtic lads just had to try and cope with a strong wind that the home side were using to their advantage. Half way through the first half, the home side earned a corner following some good attacking play. Celtic failed to clear the corner and the ball was prodded home to make it 1-0 to Balbriggan. Celtic tried to use the wings where both Ciaran Caulfield and Alan Costello were causing problems. And after Caulfield was brought down out on the wing, James Molloy claimed his 10th assist of the season when he delivered an excellent quality cross into the box where Joey Cole climbed the highest to head in the equalizer. 1-1 However, the home side regained the lead within 2 minutes. Celtic failed to clear a simple ball on the right wing. The Balbriggan left winger delivered an inch perfect diagonal cross field pass onto the other winger and his first time shot rifled past David Boyle in goals. A high quality goal from the home side. Celtic introduced Conor O’Hare and Jared Akigbesote at half time and pressed high straight from the restart. Joey Cole and Kris Gorman were bossing the midfield and Wes Gibbons and Harry Cottrell were outstanding in the centre of defence. David Boyle in the Celtic goal had little to do in the second half. Some poor finishing and excellent saves kept the score the same but for a team with over 80 goals already this season it was only a matter of time before the Celts would find the net again. Good work from Costello in the box resulted in a penalty. David Boyle took off his gloves to score and maintain his 100% record from the spot. 2-2 Celtic continued to push for the winner as O’Hare, Akigbesote, Costello and Caulfield all came close. But it was Kris Gorman that showed fantastic calmness in a crowded penalty area following a corner when he controlled the ball on the chest and placed his volley into the bottom corner to seal the victory.
Squad: David Boyle, Blake Gibbons, Sean Tully, Wes gibbons, harry cottrell, Joey Cole, kris Gorman, Alan Costello, Aaron Mc Cormack, James Molloy, Ciaran Caulfield, Conor O’Hare, Jared Akigbesote.

Ground

Balbriggan FC

Balbriggan

16 Boys Prem Green