Cloghertown Utd vs 2002 Boys Division 1

vs
Sat 02 Sep 17
Score: 2 - 5

Match Report

Celtic scored five goals for the second game in succession with Cian Russell producing a man of the match performance with his first hat-trick for the hoops. Celtic went into the game against second placed Cloghertown knowing a win would put them in the driving seat for honours and also put paid to the home sides chances of taking the league title. Celtic went about their business with a desire and hunger which the home side couldn't contain and after forcing a succession of early corners the hoops deservedly went in front. Conor McGinley showed great pace after beating the offside trap to bear down on goal before confidently clipping the ball past the 'keeper. There was a sense of deja-vu with the second goal five minutes later as this time Cian Russell raced clear with the home bench shouting for offside. Russell rightly played to the whistle before calmly lobbing the ball over the on-rushing 'keeper to give Celtic a two goal lead. Cloghertown pulled one back with a thunderous free kick which gave Kevin Dalton in the hoops' goal no chance but Russell found the net once more five minutes before half-time to restore Celtic's two goal advantage.
Ten minutes after the break Russell completed a fine hat trick with a neat finish after a great ball by Oran Kirby who was pulling the strings in midfield. Kirby had a fine game breaking up the Cloghertown attacks whilst also setting up three of Celtic's five goals. At the back the centre half pairing of Adam Wilson and Andrew Gibney were solid as they repelled everything Cloghertown could throw at them and it was Gibney who rounded off the scoring for the hoops with a well taken penalty after Conor McGinley was upended by a rash challenge from the 'keeper. The home side got a late consolation to complete the scoring but it was Celtic's day as they sit proudly on top of the league knowing a point in their final game at home to Enfield will clinch a first league title for this team after narrowly missing out in two cup finals. Best for Celtic on the day were Cian Russell, Oran Kirby and Adam Wilson.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Adam Wilson, Andrew Gibney, Eoghan Lenehan, Oran Kirby, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Conor McGinley, Liam Reilly, Fionn McEvoy, Cian Russell
Subs: Kevin McGowan (for McEvoy), Jack Vaughan (for McGinley), James Brady (for Russell)

Ground

Paddy McGuinness Park
The Glebe, Rathcarstown, Garristown, Co. Meath, Ireland

Cloghertown Utd