Cloghertown Utd vs 2005 Boys Div 1

vs
Sat 28 Oct 17
Score: 0 - 1

Match Report

Having been the underdogs in the previous round against Parkvilla, Celtic went into this semi final as favourites having beaten their opponents twice already this season, however as in the previous round the form book went out the window as they were made to fight every inch of the way against a resolute Cloghertown side. With a very strong cross wind hampering the conditions for both sides Celtic lacked the fluidity of recent games and were fortunate not to go behind early on with only an excellent stop by 'keeper Kevin Dalton keeping the teams level. With Celtic having only twelve fit players and Adam Wilson having to depart shortly after half time to catch a flight there was no margin of error for for the away side and the lack of options on the bench was nearly costly as a number of players were below par from the start. Twenty minutes in, however, Celtic got the all important goal and as on so many occasions this season it was captain Evan deCourcey Tobin who popped up unmarked in the box. A well rehearsed near post corner from Andrew Gibney was flicked on and Tobin was on hand to take a touch, turn and find the back of the net to put the hoops in front. The second half was much the same as the first with both teams using the wind to create chaos in the defences and Celtic almost wrapped up the game when Liam Reilly connected with a Conor McGinley cross but the ball sailed agonisingly wide of the post. With fifteen minutes to go there was a major milestone passed as Mark Cunningham returned to action after a seven month lay off following a serious knee injury. It speaks volumes for Mark's character that he slotted seamlessly into the centre of defence, with Adam Wilson departing, in a period of the game when Celtic's backs were to the wall. Indeed, Cunningham made an excellently timed challenge on the edge of the area to stop a certain equaliser with a few minutes left on the clock. Before the final whistle Celtic had to withstand two consecutive corners, the second of which could easily have produced a goal, before they could relax knowing they will finish an excellent season with another cup final. Best on a tough day for Celtic were Kevin Dalton, Liam Reilly and James Murray.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Eoghan Lenehan, James Murray, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Liam Reilly, Fionn McEvoy, Cian Russell, Conor McGinley Sub: Mark Cunningham (for Wilson)

Ground

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

Cloghertown Utd

17 Boys Div 1